Rabbinic Pastor

Jewish Traditions of Sacred Time

This course will cover shalosh regalim and yamim noraim, paying attention to the ways that seasons give way to seasons and moods and foci shift through time. Course goals:

1. To understand the patterns and moods of the Jewish calendar as they express agricultural, mythic-historical, halakhic, and mystical points of view.

2. To become familiar with the particular practices and liturgies associated with each of the festivals and their seasons.

Introduction to Jewish Renewal & Reb Zalman’s Thought

Crucial to a full understanding of Jewish Renewal is knowledge of the history and development of the movement, its structures, its leaders and their thought, including the principles and development of Paradigm Shift, Integral Halachah, and Davvenology.talmidim will be introduced to the rabbis and teachers who embraced Reb Zalman's thought and invitation to renew Judaism with their own unique gifts. 

Rabbinic Pastor talmidim may choose either this course or Transformative Themes in Reb Zalman's Writings to fulfill the requirement.

Deep Ecumenism

The course begins with the questions raised by a close reading of Reb Zalman’s writings on “deep ecumenism.”  We study comparatively the spiritualities / mysticisms of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism utilizing insights from Ken Wilber's writings to help our comparisons.  Each student partakes in an ecumenical experience and reports to the class.

Modern Jewish Thought

Modern Jewish thought began with Spinoza (The first secular Jew) to Nachman Krochmal (according to Reb Zalman the first Jewish Renewalist) to the mysticism of the early Martin Buber, and to Franz Rosenzweig—arguably the most influential Jewish Philosopher of the 20th century. We will examine the roots of our contemporary Jewish thought.  Rabbinic Pastor students may choose this course OR Jewish Feminist Thought.