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Summary

Have you ever encountered those make-or-break questions, the ones that can plague a person and seem to overshadow the more practical, day-to-day beauty of Jewish life?

Whether you're bothered by these questions yourself, or whether you're looking for a good way to explain it to others, this course will give you a solid foundation in 25 of Judaism's most "Frequently Asked Questions".

Each FAQ is answered in both video and text formats, by a variety of top Jewish educators. Increase your knowledge today!

Author

The video segments are presented by:

Rabbi Moshe Zeldman

Rabbi Moshe Zeldman did his undergraduate work in Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy at the University of Toronto, and has rabbinic ordination from Aish HaTorah. He lectures on a wide variety of Jewish topics at Aish HaTorah in Jerusalem, and to audiences around the world. He is also involved with research into hidden codes in the Torah. He resides in Jerusalem with his wife and their five children.

Rabbi Eytan Feiner

Rabbi Eytan Feiner is a senior lecturer at Aish HaTorah in Jerusalem. He holds Masters degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Touro College, as well as a degree in counseling. His lively and erudite style has made him a popular international speaker.

Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller

Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller is an outstanding scholar of Jewish Studies at Neve Yerushalayim College in Jerusalem where she has taught for 30 years. Her areas of expertise include textual analysis of Biblical literature and Jewish philosophy, with an emphasis on the teachings of Maimonides and Maharal. She is particularly noted for her analyses of the role of women in Judaism. Rebbetzin Heller is the author of numerous books, including More Precious than Pearls, This Way Up, Our Bodies Our Souls, Let's Face It, Here You Are, and the recently-published Battle Plans. She is also a senior lecturer at Naaleh.com, which features hundreds of her Torah classes.

Rabbi Mordechai Becher

Rabbi Mordechai Becher, originally from Australia, is a senior lecturer for the Gateways organization. He taught at Ohr Somayach, Neve Yerushalayim and Darchei Binah in Jerusalem for 15 years, and was a chaplain in the Israel Defense Forces. Rabbi Becher is the author of After the Return and Gateway to Judaism. He resides with his wife and children in Passaic, NJ.

Rabbi Ken Spiro

Rabbi Spiro is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher for Aish HaTorah's Discovery Seminar, known for his ability to explain deep concepts with wit and clarity. In addition, he is a licensed tour guide from the Israel Ministry of Tourism. Rabbi Spiro graduated from Vassar College with a BA in Russian Language and Literature, and did graduate studies at the Pushkin Institute in Moscow. He has an MA in History from the Vermont College of Norwich University, and Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Aish HaTorah in Jerusalem. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, and is the author of WorldPerfect - The Jewish Impact on Civilization. Rabbi Spiro lives in Israel with his wife and five children.

Syllabus

Topic #1 – Philosophy

  1. How do we know that God exists?
  2. What is the Jewish idea of God?
  3. How do we know the Torah is true?
  4. Why do bad things happen to good people? - see sample class
  5. Does Judaism require a leap of faith?
  6. What is the purpose of life?
  7. What is the nature of “free will”?
  8. What is Kabbalah?
  9. What is the secret of happiness?
  10. Do Jews believe in the afterlife?

Topic #2 – Relationships

  1. How do I find my soul mate?
  2. What’s the difference between men and women?
  3. Does Judaism view women as second-class citizens?

Topic #3 – Observance

  1. What is a mitzvah?
  2. Why study Torah?
  3. Is Jewish observance “all or nothing”?
  4. Why is Judaism so obsessed with details?
  5. Won't Judaism stifle my individuality?
  6. Why do Jews keep kosher?

Topic #4 – The Jewish People

  1. What is the Jewish national destiny?
  2. What is the idea of the Chosen People?
  3. Why don't Jews believe in Jesus?
  4. Why not intermarry?
  5. Why is Israel so important?
  6. Why is there so much anti-Semitism?

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Sample class
Key features:
  • Dynamic videos presentations
  • Fascinating, informative essays

Comprehensive online curriculum explores:
  • Judaism’s 25 most frequently asked make-or-break questions
  • Key principles underlying Jewish practice and thought

Self-paced, easy-to-use modules:
  • Gives you complete control over your learning schedule
  • Makes it easy to absorb new concepts and information

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