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Judaism 101: An Introduction

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Course Description

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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  • 6 Months to Complete
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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.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 3: Life Traditions

    In this lesson, we'll briefly cover each milestone and the different traditions involved in their recognition and celebration.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 5: The Jewish Home

    In a Jewish home, family life and marriage are considered a religious obligation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 13: Jewish Prayers

    In this lesson, we'll offer a brief introduction into the concept of prayer in Judaism.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what Judaism is.
  • Describe who's who in the Synagogue.
  • Summarize life traditions.
  • Summarize Jewish celebrations and holy days.
  • Describe the Jewish home.
  • Summarize Jewish foods and cuisine.
  • Summarize Jewish Written Laws.
  • Describe the Oral Laws.
  • Describe Jewish Burial Rituals and Traditions.
  • Summarize Abraham to Exodus.
  • Describe The Books of Moses.
  • Summarize From King David to the Lesser Prophets.
  • Summarize Jewish Prayers.
  • Describe Jewish Mysticism.
  • Summarize The Holocaust.
  • Describe The Six-Day War.
  • Summarize influential Jewish contributions.
  • Describe Post Modern Age Judaism, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
An IntroductionAssignment5
Lesson 1 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 1 ExamExam10
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Lesson 6 ExamExam9
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Lesson 7 ExamExam10
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Lesson 11 AssignmentAssignment25
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Lesson 12 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 12 ExamExam7
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Lesson 15 AssignmentAssignment25
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Lesson 18 AssignmentAssignment25
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Lesson 19 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 19 ExamExam10
The Final ExamExam81
Total Points:741

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