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some sayings of ר‘משבצונה“ל

For many years I have worked hard, and struggled with mastering virtuous. Now, in addition, I’m working on becoming more virtual.
This is an expression of that effort.
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השיבנו ה‘ אליך ונשובה חדש ימינו
כעוד לא היו
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ומביא גאלה…
לצאצאיהם

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All photographs are by Mark Hurvitz unless they are obviously not (or credit otherwise is given).

The photos in the banner at the top (only a shallow sliver of a much larger photo) are either from our home or our travels and are offered for their beauty alone (though a brain-teaser for me: "Where was that?").

intro class syllabus

Introduction To Judaism

From time to time someone might ask a question that we did not have time to discuss in class. I post materials about these questions here. This is not an academic course. Some of the texts mentioned may be out of print. Some of the links may have rotted. The dates refer to the last time the course was taught (2006).

Session Date Jewish Date Topic Preparation / Follow-up Assignment
1. 9/10 17 Elul Welcome
to a New Experience
2. 9/17 24 Elul Shabbat
  • Read: Resource Sheet 76-78, 80, 84
  • Read: A Shabbat Manual pp. 5-6, 70-80
  • Read: The Jewish Home, pages 2-8
  • Before next Shabbat, Complete: Resource Sheet 86
    ("Chart of Possibilities and Beginnings")
  • Look over: Resource Sheet 87
  • On Shabbat: Try the two things you’ve chosen
  • Journal Entry
3. 10/8 16 Tishre Rosh haShannah
(Erev Rosh haShannah
7/22/06)
4. 10/15 23 Tishre Yom Kippur
(Kol Nidre
10/01/06)
5. 10/22 30 Tishre Sukkot
& Simchat Torah
(Erev Sukkot
10/06/06)
6. 11/5 (10:00 – 12:00) 14 Ḥeshvan Birth
  • Read: Resource Sheet 6
  • Read: The Jewish Home, pages 56-69
  • How to arrange for a Brit Milah
7. 11/5 (12:00 – 2:00) 14 Ḥeshvan Jewish Education
  • Journal Entries
  • Read: Resource Sheets 37-39
  • Read: The Jewish Home, pages 69-74
  • For additional reading see
    A Midrash on the Fire
  • Rabbi Amy R. Scheinerman has prepared a Virtual Tour of a Synagogue. In addition to collecting photos of synagogues all over the world, her site explains terms and activities of the syangogue.
8. 11/12 (10:00 – 12:00) 21 Ḥeshvan Marriage
9. 11/12 (12:00 – 2:00) 21 Ḥeshvan Chanukkah
(1st Candle – 12/24/05)
10. 1/7 (10:00 – 12:00) 17 Tevet Death
11. 1/7 (12:00 – 2:00) 17 Tevet Purim
(Read Megillah in the evening 3/4/07)
  • Read: The Book of Esther
  • Read: The Jewish Home, pages 23-27
  • Read: Resource Sheet 63, 64
  • Look over: Resource Sheet 66
  • Journal Entry
12. 1/28 9 Shevat Pesach
(1st Seder 4/2/07)
  • Read: Resource Sheet 57 & 59
  • Read: The Jewish Home, pages 9-18
  • Look Over: Resource Sheet 61
  • For additional reading see
    A Growing Haggadah
13. 2/4 16 Shevat American Jewish Community
14. 2/11 23 Shevat Erev Yom haShoa
(4/15/07)
15. 3/4 14 Adar (Purim) Erev Yom haAtzmaut
(4/23/07)
  • Read: Resource Sheets: 115-119
  • For additional reading see
    Tour Israel
    Read: Resource Sheets: 120, 122
16. 3/11 21 Adar Conversion
17. 3/18 28 Adar Shavuot
Erev Shavuot
(5/22/07)
  • Read: Resource Sheets 94
  • Read: The Jewish Home, pages 43-45
  • Read: Resource Sheets 91
18. 3/25 6 Nisan Review
  • bring your questions

The Final Take-Home Exam

 

Union for Reform Judaism

Pacific Southwest Council


First posted circa: September, 1997
Last updated September 10, 2006
Web 2.0 version prepared October 12, 2010