The Grade 6-8 Judaic Studies Department offers a choice of two options for rigorous study: the Yahadut and Beit Midrash Programs, which differ in the methods of study and the texts used.
Yahadut emphasizes themes and concepts as well as content and core topics in Biblical and Rabbinic texts; however, these are studied with English translation. Using a broad range of primary and secondary sources, the Tanach course covers various themes throughout the Bible, Prophets and Writings. The Rabbinic Literature courses survey topics including Thinking and Living Jewish, Global Jewish Impact, How do Jewish Values Define Us, Pursuing Peace and How to Pray.
The Beit Midrash Program focuses on the development of textual skills in the study of Tanach, Mishnah and Talmud. Instruction focuses on how to read, translate and analyze the primary texts and their traditional commentaries in the original Hebrew or Aramaic. As students gain facility with the texts, they will actively engage in in-depth analyses of the texts. In Mishnah/Talmud classes, in order to familiarize the students with a range of topics and texts, portions of several tractates of Mishnah/Talmud are studied each year through the Gemara Berura Mishnah/Talmud curriculum and methodology. In Tanach classes, each year a different book or selection of books is studied in depth with selected commentaries. Students will study books from all three divisions of Tanach (Torah, Nevi’im and Ketuvim).