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The Association for Hebraic Studies Institute Courses

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Credits Available with Dates Valid

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

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

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, August 2000 through September 2005: 3 credits, lower division level
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, August 2000 through January 2006: 3 credits, lower division level
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, August 2000 through January 2009: 3 credits, lower division level
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, August 2000 through January 2009: 3 credits, lower division level
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, August 2000 through January 2006, 3 credits, lower division level
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, August 2001 through January 2009: 3 credits, lower division level
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, August 2000 through January 2006: 3 credits, lower division level
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, August 2000 through September 2005: 3 credits, lower division level
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, August 2000 through September 2005: 3 credits, lower division level
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, August 2000 through September 2005: 3 credits, lower division level
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, August 2000 through January 2009: 3 credits, lower division level
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, August 2000 through September 2005: 3 credits, lower division level
See below.

MUS 222: Cantillation II, August 2000 through September 2005: 3 credits, lower division level
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, August 2000 through January 2009: 3 credits, lower division level
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, August 2000 through January 2009: 3 credits, lower division level
Continuation of MUS230: Nusach - Ashkenazik Prayer I.

PHI 100: Luzzato's Path of the Just, August 2000 through January 2006: 3 credits, lower division level
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, August 2000 through January 2009: 3 credits, lower division level
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, August 2000 through January 2009: 3 credits, lower division level
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, August 2000 through January 2009: 3 credits, upper level
Laws concerning the ritual slaughter process for the preparation of kosher meats. Prerequisite: RAB 230 or equivalent.

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

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

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

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

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

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

RAB 421: Shabbat II, August 2000 through January 2009: 4 credits, upper division level
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, September 2005 through April 2009: 6 credits, lower division level
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, September 2005 through April 2009: 6 credits, lower division level
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, September 2005 through April 2009: 6 credits, upper division level
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.