Pro­duc­ing con­tent on the Web since 1995.


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