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Judaism 101: An Introduction

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Welcome to our online introduction class on Judaism 101. In this course, students will experience the beginnings of Judaism and become familiar with some of the basic beliefs and tenants of one of the largest religions in the world. You'll be introduced to the Synagogue and life customs and traditions such as bris and bar mitzvah. Jewish celebrations and Holy Days are also briefly introduced in order to offer greater understanding of the origination and importance of traditions found within Judaism.

During this course, you'll also be introduced into home life in a Jewish family, as well as the types of foods considered kosher. You'll gain a glimpse into the written and oral laws of Judaism and understand why they're so important to the Jewish people, from rules regarding marriage to how Jewish families grieve the loss of a loved one. Concepts regarding Jewish prayer, beliefs regarding mysticism, and the existence of angels and demons, heaven and hell are also covered.

We'll offer students a brief history of the leaders, prophets and kings of the Jewish people from the time of Abraham to the destruction of the second temple, followed by a review of one of the most tragic periods in human history - the Holocaust. Our basic course into Judaism will conclude with the literal rebirth of the Jewish nation and their continued struggle to maintain a land they can call their home - the modern state of Israel.

We hope this course will interest students into continuing their learning and research of Judaism, in order to encourage tolerance, knowledge and acceptance of religions around the world.

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Lesson 1: What is Judaism?

From ancient times to today, Judaism has provided millions of individuals around the world with a solid foundation for their religious, cultural, and spiritual beliefs. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Judaism 101; The Jews and the Qu'ran
  • Take Poll: Judaism
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Who's Who in the Synagogue

Understanding Jewish leadership in the synagogue or temple means learning the basics of how the synagogue functions as a whole and how its leaders are responsible for offering the guidance, examples and lessons of their faith. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 5 Articles: Synagogue; Rabbi; Western Wall; King Solomon; The Lost Arc of the Covenant
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Life Traditions

In this lesson, we'll briefly cover each milestone and the different traditions involved in their recognition and celebration. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Jewish Traditions; Jewish Coming of Age Traditions
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Jewish Celebrations and Holy Days

In this lesson, we'll go through the calendar year and highlight some of the most important holy days - and traditions or celebrations - of the Jewish faith. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Jewish Holidays; Yom Kippur
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: The Jewish Home

In a Jewish home, family life and marriage are considered a religious obligation. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: The Shema; Mezuzah
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Jewish Foods and Cuisine

In this lesson, we will go over the basic laws and traditions when it comes to Jewish cooking and food preparation. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Jewish Recipes; Jewish Cooking in America
  • Take Poll: Kosher
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Jewish Written Laws

In this lesson, we'll cover some of the basics in regard to Jewish written law and how such laws affect the lives, beliefs and practices of Jewish people around the world. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: The Torah; Septuagint; The Story of Abraham
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: The Oral Laws

While the Torah includes a written description, interpretation and commentary regarding laws, oral laws involve legal decisions and are open to discussion, deliberation, and interpretation to some degree. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: The Oral Law; Mishnah
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Jewish Burial Rituals and Traditions

In this lesson, you'll learn the basics regarding a few Jewish burial traditions and rituals, as well as how funerals are prepared. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Abraham to Exodus

In this lesson, we'll cover the period of Jewish history from the time of Abraham, to the Exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Abraham; Genesis
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: The Books of Moses

The book of Exodus focuses on instructing the Israeli people regarding the need for redemption, and how to prepare for such redemption. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Moses; Moses and Exodus
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: From King David to the Lesser Prophets

In this lesson, you'll receive a brief introduction into some of the most well-known and respected figures of the Old Testament, who helped to guide and develop Judaism, culture, and instruct the people to follow Judaic law, traditions, and rituals. 32 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Twelve Minor Prophets; Timeline of the Prophets
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: Jewish Prayers

In this lesson, we'll offer a brief introduction into the concept of prayer in Judaism. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Common Prayers and Blessing; Jewish Prayers for All Occasions
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14: Jewish Mysticism

In this lesson, students will gain a brief introduction into the Jewish belief system involving angels and prophets, and dreams and visions, which may be considered mysterious by some, and perfectly natural for others. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism; Angels in Jewish Tradition
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Exam

Lesson 15: The Holocaust

Known by the Jewish people as Shoah, the term Holocaust refers to one of the most tragic and horrifying periods of history of the Jewish people. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review Article: Introduction to the Holocaust
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Exam

Lesson 16: Starting Over

The State of Israel was established on May 14,1948. A tentative peace was created with its Arab neighbors, an uneasy peace fraught with struggles, outbreaks of violence, and sometimes war. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Review Article: A History of Israel and the Jewish People
  • Take Poll: Israel
  • Complete: Lesson 16 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 16 Exam

Lesson 17: The Six-Day War

During the days leading up to the Six-Day War, Israel was surrounded by nearly 500,000 troops, 3,000 tanks, and 800 military aircraft from their detractors. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 17 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: The Six-Day War; 1967--The Six-Day War
  • Complete: Lesson 17 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 17 Exam

Lesson 18: Influential Jewish Contributions

In the following lesson, we'll give you a brief glimpse into some of the most important contributors to society in a variety of categories. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 18 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Jewish Contributions to World Civilization; Albert Einstein
  • Complete: Lesson 18 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 18 Exam

Lesson 19: Post Modern Age Judaism

We conclude this lesson on your introduction into Judaism with the feelings and attitudes regarding both the ancient homeland of Israel, and the country as a modern state. 116 Total Points
  • Lesson 19 Video
  • Review Article: Judaism Today
  • Take Poll: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 19 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 19 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Judaism 101: An Introduction
Course Number: 7550540
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 1.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: C. Michael McKenna
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what Judaism is.
  • Describe who's who in the Synagogue.
  • Know life traditions.
  • Know Jewish celebrations and holy days.
  • Describe the Jewish home.
  • Know Jewish foods and cuisine.
  • Know Jewish Written Laws.
  • Describe the Oral Laws.
  • Describe Jewish Burial Rituals and Traditions.
  • Know Abraham to Exodus.
  • Describe The Books of Moses.
  • Know From King David to the Lesser Prophets.
  • Know Jewish Prayers.
  • Describe Jewish Mysticism.
  • Know The Holocaust.
  • Describe The Six-Day War.
  • Know influential Jewish contributions.
  • Describe Post Modern Age Judaism, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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