SL502 – Jewish Practices in a Messianic Context

Instructor:  Rabbi Joshua Brumbach
Dates:  March 17 – June 2 – Spring 2023-24, Sundays, 10:30am EDT

Jewish practices give structure and meaning to Jewish communal, family, and individual life. This course surveys the calendar and lifecycle events of Judaism. Its purpose is to explore these events as connected elements of a vital Jewish communal, family, and individual life. Distinctive aspects of Messianic Jewish lifecycle and calendar events will also be examined.

This class is required for all MJTI degree students.

An appreciation for the basic structure and rhythms of Jewish life is crucial to forming vibrant and informed Messianic Jewish communities. To live, and guide others, through a dynamic encounter with Jewish spirituality, one must know and have a basic understanding of Jewish practice. Therefore, this course will introduce students to the calendar, lifecycle events, and daily observances of Judaism. It will also equip students to live and lead others in a way that is deeply engaged with, and respectful of tradition, yet creative and Yeshua centered.

There are no prerequisites for this course, however, one year of college-level Hebrew may be helpful.

This is an online video-conference course. The student must have a computer, headset, and high-speed internet access.

Online video conference with some asynchronous online discussion (on Populi).

Full participation in video conferences, online discussion threads, midterm exam (consisting of a selection of essay questions), and a final paper of approximately 3,000 words.
Students may also occasionally be assigned readings to summarize and present to the class.


  • Wayne Dosick, Living Judaism: The Complete Guide to Jewish Belief, Tradition and Practice. New York: HarperCollins, 1995 (any edition acceptable).
  • Samuel H. Dresner, I Asked for Wonder: A Spiritual Anthology of Abraham Joshua Heschel. New York: Crossroad, 2018 (any edition acceptable).
  • Blu Greenberg, How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household. New York: Fireside, 1983.
  • Heschel, Abraham Joshua. Thunder in the Soul: To Be Known by God. Walden: Plough Publishing House, 2021.
  • Barney Kasdan, God’s Appointed Times. Clarksville: Lederer, 1993.
  • Barney Kasdan, God’s Appointed Customs. Clarksville: Lederer, 1996.


  • Greenberg, Irving. The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays. New York: Touchstone, 1988.
  • Feinstein, David. The Jewish Calendar. Brooklyn: Mesorah Publications, 2003.
  • Heschel, Abraham Joshua. The Sabbath. Boston: Shambhala Books, 2003.
  • Abraham J. Heschel, Between God and Man, Ed. Fritz A. Rothschild. New York: Free Press, 1997.
  • Kaunfer, Elie. Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us about Building Vibrant Jewish Communities. Woodstock: Jewish Lights, 2010.
  • Levertoff, Paul Philip. Love and the Messianic Age. Marshfield: Vine of David, 2009.
  • Milgram, Goldie. Living the Jewish Lifecycle: How to Create Meaningful Jewish Rites of Passage at Every Stage of Life. Woodstock: Jewish Lights Publishing, 2009.
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