The purpose of this course is to examine in depth the foundation of beliefs upon which Judaism rests. We will explore some of the classic concepts discussed by Medieval Jewish philosophers including the relationship between man and G-d, free choice vs. G-d’s foreknowledge, Divine providence, reward & punishment, sadik V’ra Lo, Chosen People, Olam Haba (the world to come), and the end of days.
|Shmuel Bet On Site – The Prophets
In this course we will travel back in time to the era of the Prophet Shmuel, King Saul and King David. With the Tanakh in our hands and the City of David at our feet, we will follow in their footsteps and learn aboutour rich history and the heritage they bequeathed.
Many people think that yoga is just stretching. While stretching is certainly involved, yoga is really about creating inner balance and centering the mind. Through deep breathing and postures both challenging and restorative, students will gain a deeper sense of their inner selves, learn how to effectively handle daily stress and come to a place of harmony between body and soul. The benefits of yoga extend to both the body and the mind.
|Humash Bereshit/Shemot (Books of Genesis/Exodus)
This course is an in – depth examination of the first two books of the Torah: Bereshit and Shemot. In order to explore and understand the deeper meaning of the text, Midrash, Talmud, and major commentaries will be studied. To strengthen the necessary skills needed in understanding the Hebrew text, students will be given guided independent study.
|Ahavat HaAretz (Love of the Land)
In this course we will explore the development and establishment of our beautiful, magical and miraculous land of Israel. Beginning with the תנ”ך we will explore the centrality of א”י with special emphasis on the last 100 years of Zionist history, discussion of the wars, emmigrations, and personalities who contributed to the states’ founding and formation, such as Theodor Herzl,David Ben Gurion, and Rav Kook, . The course will include multi- media presentations and select trips. Prepare to be inspired!
Complete overview of the practicalities of Jewish law throughout the yearly cycle, based on the teachings of Rav Yosef Karo. Topics to be covered include prayer, blessings, Shabbat,Holidays, Kashrut, and Kibbud Av V’Em.
|Tikun Hamidot – Character Development
In this Tikun HaMidot class, student discovered a practical approach and guide to working on one’s inner self. During the year, we discuss a wide range of the fundamental Midot (character traits) which guide our thoughts, actions, speech and avodat Hashem in every aspect of our lives. The midot we delved into include: Rahamim, Menuhat HaNefesh, Simha, Redifat HaCavod, Gevura, Anger, Bitachon and Kinah (Envy). A wide range of classical Torah, Mussar and Chassidic sources are studied in depth with emphasis placed on drawing out a relevant and very practical working guide to personal spiritual growth for the purpose of revealing the G-dly light within each of us.
|Sephardic Communities and Sages
This class emphasizes the positive impact of Sephardic Jewry on the world. It will examine the lives of great Torah scholars and other Sephardic personalities and the various communities pre and post the expulsion of 1492, including the Chida, Ben Ish Chai and the Baba Sali. We will also study major events that affected the Sephardic world. For the Sephardic student especially, this course helps to solidify their Sephardic identity with the knowledge of their glorious past.
|Parsha Hashavua – Weekly Torah Portion
On a weekly basis, the students will delve into the lessons gleaned from the Torah portion for the coming Shabbat. The class will explore themes of the Parsha and relate them to contemporary issues, allowing the students to integrate the lessons learned into daily life.
|Neviim Rishonim Ve-Ahronim – The Early and Later Prophets
This class is designed to learn the Prophets in – depth. Students will be given independent study time to analyze the text. Classes will utilize Midrash and commentaries to gain a deeper understanding of the text.
|Ulpan – Learning Hebrew
This intensive language course focuses on Hebrew comprehension and spoken language skills. It will involve an applied approach to learning Hebrew through class trips to the mall, the religious neighborhood of Jerusalem, the marketplace, and more. The course material will also include the study of Israeli films in order to better understand the Israeli culture and mentality.
|Leadership Course – Learn and Tour Course at Matan
On a weekly basis we will study at Matan with today’s best educators including Shani Taragin and Dr. Yael Ziegler. On a monthly basis we will go on a tour with reknown tour guide Shulie Miskin to see our learning come alive!
|Belief and Trust in Hashem
An in depth study of all facets of trust in Hashem through classic and contemporary sources such as Hovot Halevavot, Orhot Tzadikim, Michtav MeEliyahu, Netivot Shalom and others. Topics under study include the human capacity for trust, knowledge of G-d that enables us to trust G-d, how our life- scripts impact our ability to trust, and using our imagination as a tool to build a relationship with G-d.
A comprehensive study of the laws regarding lashon hara, motzi shem ra, and rechilut using Rav Pliskin’s Guard Your Tongue as a guide.
Where does the concept of prayer come from? What’s the purpose of prayer if G-d knows what we need and want? What does it really mean to have ‘Kavana?’ In this course students will explore the meaning, laws, and development of prayer. Students will gain a deeper understanding of why we pray, while at the same time deepen their knowledge of the laws of prayer. Sources will encompass prayer as it developed from the Bible, the Mishna and Talmud, Maimonides, up until the present day.
The Jewish Self
This class aims to build a deeply spiritual yet practical guide to genuine connection in Avodat Hashem through delving into a wide range of sources from the Mussar classics to Chassidut. Through the course the students learn to understand the deeper psychological and spiritual mechanics of the Jewish Self and how to use this self-knowledge to attain and reveal holiness, purity and sincerity in all aspects of life.