Online Adult Jewish learning

Foundations Course Information:

Course InfoDetailsSyllabusSample Lecture
Other Courses in this Series:

Foundations 1: Foundations of Judaism

Foundations 3: Encounters with G-d

Foundations 4: Oral Torah & Midrash

Foundations 5: Divine Providence

Foundations Series:
Responsible Leadership

Course Topics

  • Governments Rights & Restrictions
  • The Judiciary: More than Law & Order?
  • The Monarchy: Is it an ideal?
  • The Prophet: Who speaks for G-d?

Course Objectives

  • To familiarize the student with the classical foundations of Jewish belief
  • To present applications of these philosophical principles for everyday life

Classical Sources

  • Midrashic Literature (1st - 6th centuries Israel & Babylon) - The repository of the Oral Law
  • "The Kuzari" (Rabbi Yehudah Ha'levy, 1080-1145, Spain) - Examines the fundamentals of Judaism based on the philosophical dialogue between the Khazar king and a Jewish scholar.
  • The Writings of Maimonides (Rabbi Moshe, son of Maimon, 1135-1204, Egypt) - From the comprehensive works of one of the great codifiers of Jewish knowledge. 
  • Rabbi Nissim's Discourses (Rabbi Nissim, son of Reuben, 1290-1375, Spain) - Topical exposition of the tenets of Judaism. 
  • "The Book of Fundamentals" (Rabbi Yosef Albo, 1380-1444, Spain) - A systematic presentation of Jewish belief, from general principles to precise details.