The Association for Hebraic Studies Institute Courses

The Association for Hebraic Studies Institute Courses

Credits Available with Dates Valid

  • BIB 120: Book of Joshua (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2005
  • BIB 225: Book of Judges (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through January 2006
  • BIB 230: Samuel I (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through January 2009
  • BIB 240: Kings II (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through January 2009
  • HIS 130: Jewish History: Mishna Period, 135-250 CE (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through January 2006
  • HIS 190: Jewish Law & Ritual Prayer (3 credits, lower division level) August 2001 through January 2009
  • HIS 100: Jewish History: Medieval Spain (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through January 2006
  • JLW 230: Jewish Law: Dietary Law (3 credits, lower division level)August 2000 through September 2005
  • JLW 240: Jewish Law: Blessings (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2005
  • JLW 250: Jewish Law: Sabbath I (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2005
  • JLW 300: Jewish Law: Orach Chaim I (3 credits, lower division level)August 2000 through January 2009
  • MUS 220: Cantillation I (3 credits, lower division level)August 2000 through September 2005
  • MUS 222: Cantillation II (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2005
  • MUS 230: Nusach - Ashkenazik Prayer I (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through January 2009
  • MUS 232: Nusach - Ashkenazik Prayer II (3 credits, lower division level) August 200 through January 2009
  • PHI 100: Luzzato's Path of the Just (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through January 2009
  • PHI 200: Jewish Philosophy & Thought (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through January 2009
  • PHI 210: Ethics of the Fathers (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through January 2009
  • RAB 400: Shechita (3 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through January 2009
  • RAB 401: Melicha (3 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through January 2009
  • RAB 405: Basar B'Chalav I (4 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through January 2009
  • RAB 406: Basar B'Chalav II (4 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through January 2009
  • RAB 410: Taaruvot I (4 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through January 2009
  • RAB 411: Taaruvot II (4 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through January 2009
  • RAB 420: Shabbat I (4 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through January 2009
  • RAB 421: Shabbat II (4 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through January 2009
  • TAL 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198 and 199: Basic Talmud - Varying topics (6 credits, lower division level) September 2005 through April 2009
  • TAL 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228 and 229: Intermediate Talmud - Varying topics (6 credits, lower division level) September 2005 through April 2009
  • TAL 450, 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 456, 457, 458 and 459: Advanced Talmud - Varying topics (6 credits, upper divison level) September 2005 through April 2009

The following Talmud courses were replaced in April, 2004, by the three levels of varying topic Talmud courses (see below). These courses were offered August 2000 - September 2004. Descriptions for superseded courses are available on request:

  • TAL 100A: Basic Talmud: Berachot (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 100D: Basic Talmud: Bava Kama (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 102D: Basic Talmud: Bava Kama II (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 115C: Basic Talmud: Ketubot (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 115D: Basic Talmud: Bava Metzia I (6 credits, lower division level)August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 130C: Basic Talmud: Nedarim (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 135B: Basic Talmud: Pesachim I (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 137E: Basic Talmud: Chullin (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 138D: Basic Talmud: Bava Basra VIII (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 145B: Basic Talmud: Pesachim II (6 credits, lower division level)August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 145D: Basic Talmud: Sanhedrin (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 160B: Basic Talmud: Sukka (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 160C: Basic Talmud: Gittin I (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 160D: Basic Talmud: Makkot (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 164C: Basic Talmud: Gittin IV (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 170B: Basic Talmud: Taanit (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 180B: Basic Talmud: Megillah (4 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 185B: Basic Talmud: Moed Katan (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 200A: Intermed. Tal.: Berachot (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 200D: Intermed. Tal.: Bava Kama I (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 202D: Intermed. Tal.: Bava Kama II (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 215C: Intermed. Tal.: Ketubot (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 215D: Intermed. Tal.: Bava Metzia I (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 230C: Intermed. Tal.: Nedarim (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 235B: Intermed. Tal.: Pesachim I (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 237E: Intermed. Tal.: Chullin (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 238D: Intermed. Tal.: Bava Basra VIII (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 245B: Intermed. Tal.: Pesachim II (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 245D: Intermed. Tal.: Sanhedrin (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 260B: Intermed. Tal.: Sukkah (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 260C: Intermed. Tal.: Gittin I (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 260D: Intermed. Tal.: Makkot (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 264C: Intermed. Tal.: Gittin IV (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 270B: Intermed. Tal.: Taanit (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 280B: Intermed. Tal.: Megillah (4 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 285B: Intermed. Tal.: Moed Katan (6 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 302D: Adv. Talmud: Bava Kama II (6 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 310B: Adv. Talmud: Pesachim II (6 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 315D: Adv. Talmud: Bava Metzia I (6 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 330D: Adv. Talmud: Bava Basra I (6 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 335B: Adv. Talmud: Pesachim I (6 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 345D: Adv. Talmud: Sanhedrin (6 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 360C: Adv. Talmud: Gittin I (6 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 360D: Adv. Talmud: Makkot (4 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 364C: Adv. Talmud: Gittin IV (6 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 385B: Adv. Talmud: Moed Katan (6 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 400A: Adv. Talmud: Berachot (6 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 400D: Adv. Talmud: Bava Kama (6 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 415C: Adv. Talmud: Ketubot  (6 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 430C: Adv. Talmud: Nedarim (6 credits, upper division level) August 2000 throgh September 2004
  • TAL 437E: Adv. Talmud: Chullin (6 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 438D: Adv. Talmud: Bava Basra VIII (6 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 460B: Adv. Talmud: Sukkah (6 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 470B: Adv. Talmud: Taanit (6 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through September 2004
  • TAL 480B: Adv. Talmud: Megillah (4 credits, upper division level); August 2000 through September 2004

Source of Records

Association for Hebraic Studies, AHS Institute; Registrar's Office; 259 Grandview Avenue; Suffern, NY 10901

About the Training Sponsor

The Association for Hebraic Studies Institute (AHS) was founded in 2000 to provide students with coursework in Hebraic/Judaic studies in a classroom format or through distance learning or proficiency examinations. The curriculum is designed to give students both a broad and in-depth view in areas of Judaic and interdisciplinary studies. Theoretical and practical applications are stressed and emphasis is placed on using the traditional and contemporary texts and original sources. The curriculum is designed to articulate with degree programs offered at regionally accredited colleges and universities. Students have the opportunity to earn a regionally accredited degree at Charter Oak State College by combining AHS courses, traditional and distance learning college courses, and approved college level exams.

Applying for the Credit

Have your training sponsor submit your transcript or record to the Registrar to apply for the credit.

Course Descriptions

BIB 120: Book of Joshua (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2005
A study of the Book of Joshua. Major topics covered in the course are the conquest of the Land of Israel, division of land, tribal boundaries, the charge to Joshua and the inauguration of the cities of refuge.

BIB 225: Book of Judges (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through January 2006
A study of the Book of Judges. Major topics covered in the course are the judgeship of Deborah; the song of Deborah; Gideon's test of G-d; Jeptha's vow; the life of Samson; the idol of Micha; and Pilegesh B'Givah.

BIB 230: Samuel I (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through January 2009
Major topics covered in the course are the narrative of Samuel I; the personalities of Samuel, Saul and David, and other biblical figures; and moral and philosophic issues derived from the biblical text.

BIB 240: Kings II (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through January 2009
Major topics covered in the course are biographies of the kings of Judah and Israel, the split in the kingdoms, the personalities of Elijah and Elisha, the exile of the ten tribes, and the destruction of the first Temple.

HIS 130: Jewish History: Mishna Period, 135-250 CE (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through January 2006
An in-depth study of the major historical, cultural and political events and trends in Jewish history from the fall of Betar through the completion of the Mishna, including the lives of influential figures.

HIS 190: Jewish Law & Ritual Prayer (3 credits, lower division level) August 2001 through January 2009
Guided research into the history and development of Jewish prayer. Major topics include the obligation to pray, the historical development of prayer, individual and communal prayer, the Shema, Amidah, morning blessings, pesukeid'zimra, Torah readings and kaddish.

HIS 100: Jewish History: Medieval Spain (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through January 2006
A study of the major historical, cultural and political events and trends in Jewish history in Medieval Christian and Moslem Spain.

JLW 230: Jewish Law: Dietary Law (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2005
A survey of the Jewish Dietary Law to provide the student with the knowledge of the Jewish dietary laws and their underpinnings. Major topics include prohibited foods: Biblical and rabbinic, meat and milk categories of nullification (Bitul) and categories of taste. Emphasis will also be placed on practical contemporary issues.

JLW 240: Jewish Law: Blessings (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2005
Major topics covered in the course are general principles of blessings, formal structures of blessings, Biblical and Talmudic sources of blessings, diverse types of blessings, and blessings for life cycle events.

JLW 250: Jewish Law: Sabbath I (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2005
An in-depth study of the laws pertaining to cooking on the Sabbath. Major topics covered are: prohibitions for cooking on the Sabbath; cooking for the sick; reheating solid foods; liquids; types of stoves and their legal ramifications; hatmanah before and during the Sabbath.

JLW 300: Jewish Law: Orach Chaim I (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through January 2009
A survey of the laws concerning Tzizit and Tefilin. Major topics include the obligation of Tzizit, material and size of garments and fringes, the proper time for Tzizit, the area and times for donning Tefilin, the blessings, Tefilin and Shabbat, Tefilin and Chol Hamoed, and the structure of Tefilin. A survey of the morning ritual is also included. Prerequisite: JLW or equivalent.

MUS 220: Cantillation I (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2005
See below.

MUS 222: Cantillation II (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through September 2005
A study of the music of the cantillation system. Emphasis will also be placed on the grammar of the cantillation system. Major topics include the cantillation symbols and sounds of the standard Torah and Haftarah readings; form of dagesj and sjeva, milera', mile'el; a survey of laws pertaining to the reader, readings and various errors that may occur, reading the wrong section and mistakes in the text.

MUS 230: Nusach - Ashkenazik Prayer I (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through January 2009
An exploration of Askenazic synagogue music. Topics include chant modes, motifs and metrical tunes (i.e., nusachhatfilah), structure of the prayers, requirements and laws pertaining to the Hazzan or Sheliah Tzibur.

MUS 232: Nusach - Ashkenazik Prayer II (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through January 2009
Continuation of MUS230: Nusach - Ashkenazik Prayer I.

PHI 100: Luzzato's Path of the Just (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through January 2006
In-depth study of Luzzato's philosophical and ethical masterpiece, The Path of the Just. Topics include man's duty in this world, vigilance, diligence, expurgation and self-denial.

PHI 200: Jewish Philosophy & Thought (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through January 2009
A study of Jewish thought through the essays of Rabbi Dessler. Major topics include success, the world to come, mercy, truth, worldly knowledge, free will, nature, trust and the evil inclination.

PHI 210: Ethics of the Fathers (3 credits, lower division level) August 2000 through January 2009
An analysis of the philosophical, moral and ethical themes as found in Avot - Ethics of the Fathers. Major topics include judging favorably, livelihood, interpersonal relationships, silence money and religion, and the righteous and wicked.

RAB 400: Shechita (3 credits, upper level); August 2000 through January 2009
Laws concerning the ritual slaughter process for the preparation of kosher meats. Prerequisite: RAB 230 or equivalent.

RAB 401: Melicha (3 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through January 2009
Laws concerning the blood removal process in the kosher preparation of meat. Prerequisite: RAB 230 or equivalent.

RAB 405: Basar B'Chalav I (4 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through January 2009
Laws concerning prohibited mixtures of meat and milk. Prerequisite: RAB 230 or equivalent.

RAB 406: Basar B'Chalav II (4 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through January 2009
Continuation of RAB 405.Prerequisite: RAB 230 or equivalent.

RAB 410: Taaruvot I (4 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through January 2009
Laws concerning the permitted and prohibited foods. Prerequisite: RAB 230 or equivalent.

RAB 411: Taaruvot II (4 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through January 2009
A continuation of RAB 410. Prerequisite: RAB 230 or equivalent.

RAB 420: Shabbat I (4 credits, upper lever); August 2000 through January 2009
Study of the laws of Shabbat. Prerequisite: RAB 250 or equivalent.

RAB 421: Shabbat II (4 credits, upper division level) August 2000 through January 2009
A continuation of RAB 421. Prerequisite: RAB 250 or equivalent.

TAL 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198 and 199: Basic Talmud - Varying topics (6 credits, lower division level) September 2005 through April 2009
A study of selected portions of the Talmud with the commentary of Rashi, emphasizing a correct reading and comprehension of the texts and learning the Talmudic idiom. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the general legal material developed in the discussion of the text; the dynamics of Talmudic argumentation; appreciation for the precise literary elements of the Talmud; and discuss the approach and understanding of the Rashi commentary. The student will examine the selected text(s), with the accompanying commentaries, in the original Aramaic and Hebrew.

TAL 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228 and 229: Intermediate Talmud - Varying topics (6 credits, lower division level)September 2005 through April 2009
A study of selected portions of the Talmud emphasizing medieval and later commentaries, especially the Tosafot. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the legal material developed in the text; the dynamics of Talmudic argumentation; appreciation for the precise literary elements of the Talmud; and discuss the variety of opinions and approaches of the commentaries. The student will examine selected text(s), with the accompanying commentaries, emphasizing the Tosafot, in the original Aramaic and Hebrew.

TAL 450, 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 456, 457, 458 and 459: Advanced Talmud - Varying topics (6 credits, upper division level) September 2005 through April 2009
Advanced study of portions of a tractate with the commentary of Rashi, Tosafot and selections from other classical commentaries. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will demonstrate the ability to discuss the legal material addressed in the test; decipher the Talmudic text and show an advanced understanding of the Talmudic dialogue; discuss the dynamics of Talmudic argumentation and the precise literary elements of the Talmud and commentaries; read and analyze selected classical commentaries; discuss, compare and contrast the variety of opinions and approaches of the commentaries. The student will conduct an advanced study of the selected text(s) with selected classical and contemporary commentaries, in the original Aramaic and Hebrew.