Na'aleh Courses

Na'aleh Courses

Credits Available with Dates Valid

  • Chassidut on the Parsha I (3 credits, upper division level) September 2007 through December 2015
  • Fundamentals of Jewish Thought (3 credits, lower division level) December 2005 through December 2015
  • Maimonides - The Book of Adjudications (12 credits, upper division level, to be awarded as two 6 credit courses, Maimonides - The Book of Adjudications I, and Maimonides - The Book of Adjudications II) September 2006 through December 2015
  • Maimonides: The Book of Love (12 credits, upper division level, to be awarded as two 6 credit courses, Maimonides: The Book of Love I, and Maimonides: The Book of Love II) December 2005 through December 2015
  • Mishna - The Order of Moed (Festivals) I, Shabbat (Sabbath); (4 credits, lower division level) December 2005 through December 2015
  • Mishna - The Order of Nezikin (Damages) I - Tractates Bava Kamma (First Gate), Bava Metzia (Middle Gate), Bava Natra (Last Gate); (6 credits, lower division level) December 2005 through December 2015
  • Mishna: The Order of Taharot (Purity Issues), Parah (Red Heifer), Taharot (Purity Issues); (3 credits, upper division level) December 2005 through December 2015
  • Parsha Learning Group - Discovering Classical Commentaries (3 credits, lower division level) December 2005 through December 201
  • Talmud - Tractate Chagigah (Festival); (6 credits, lower division level) December 2005 through December 2015
  • Tehellim Part I (6 credits, upper division level, to be awarded as two 3 credit courses, Tehillim I and Tehillim II)January 2008 through December 2015
  • The Book of Genesis with the Commentary of Rashi (3 credits, lower division level) December 2005 through December 2015
  • The Book of Exodus with the Commentary of Rashi (3 credits, lower division level) December 2005 through December 2015
  • The Books of Joshua and Judges (3 credits, lower division level) December 2005 through December 2015
  • The Book of Samuel (3 credits, lower division level) December 2005 through December 2015

Source of Records

Na'aleh; Haadmor MiRuzhin Street 9/5; Jerusalem, Israel

About the Training Sponsor

Na'aleh offers online audio and video courses in a variety of subjects, including Bible Exegesis, Hebrew Grammar, Mishna, Talmud, Jewish Law, Jewish Philosophy, Contemporary Jewish Issues, and Jewish History. The organization's primary goal is to facilitate personal growth through study. It believes that anyone, at any age, can develop their personality, character, and sense of purpose by investing time in studying Bible, Mishna, Talmud, Jewish Law, and Jewish Philosophy. Na'aleh provides audio and video courses online in a variety of subjects to give students the tools to become independent learners, as well as a solid foundation of Jewish knowledge in a broad range of areas.

Applying for the Credit

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Course Descriptions

Chassidut on the Parsha I(3 credits, upper division level) September 2007 through December 2015
This course attempts to deepen the student's understanding of some of themes presented in the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. It is centered on the weekly Torah portion. With each Torah portion, one or two topics are analyzed and discussed based on the book of Chassidic discourses Shem MiShmuel, authored between the years 1910-1926 by Rabbi Shmuel Bomsztain, the second Sochatchover Rebbe. The goal of the course is achieved by discussing the narratives presented in this book, and synthesizing them with the comments of the Midrash, the Talmud, and Hasidic thought. The concepts presented are then connected to contemporary life, and the students are able to apply the lessons of the Bible with modern day issues and challenges.

Fundamentals of Jewish Thought (3 credits, lower division level) December 2005 through December 2015
This course explores four fundamental aspects of Jewish philosophy and faith. Part I analyzes the concept of trust in G-d as the ultimate provider of all of Man's needs and desires in the world and in the Next World. It explains how to focus on joy as the key to developing a trustful relationship with Hashem, and ways to properly face the challenging areas of life that require trust in G-d. Part II examines Maimonides' Thirteen Principles of Faith as well as the philosophical discussions of the Maharal on faith. Part III examines the role of the Torah as the source for directing the Jewish nation in their unique task in this world and defines the path towards the ultimate redemption. Part IV concludes with an in-depth analysis of the Ten Commandments and the meaning in mitzvoth.

Maimonides - The Book of Adjudications (12 credits, upper division level, to be awarded as two 6 credit courses, Maimonides - The Book of Adjudications I, and Maimonides - The Book of Adjudications II) September 2006 through December 2015
The student is required to learn the entire Book of Adjudications by Maimonides, in the original Hebrew. Through a unique method of constant review combined with learning of new material, developed especially for this course, the student will become proficient in all of the points and minutiae mentioned by Maimonides in this work of Jewish Law (Halacha) and Ethics.

Maimonides: The Book of Love (12 credits, upper division level, to be awarded as two 6 credit courses, Maimonides: The Book of Love I, and Maimonides: The Book of Love II) December 2005 through December 2015
The student is required to learn the entire book of love by Maimonides, in the original Hebrew. Through a unique method of constant review combined with learning of new material, developed especially for this course, the student will become proficient in all of the points and minutiae mentioned by Maimonides in this work of Jewish Law (Halacha) and Ethics. The student must demonstrate both a thorough knowledge and full understanding of the author's work. He should be able to list and quote Maimonides' laws, discuss their practical and philosophical applications, compare them with other points mentioned by Maimonides, and discuss the differences and similarities found within the various points discussed. The student is expected to analyze the content of the course through classifying the material into appropriate halachic categories, point out the patterns in the text to demonstrate the unique perspective and goals of Maimonides, and predict the solutions to various scenarios based on the information presented by Maimonides.

Mishna - The Order of Moed (Festivals) I, Shabbat (Sabbath) (4 credits, lower division level) December 2005 through December 2015
The student is required to learn the complete Tractate of Shabbat (Sabbath) belonging to the Order of the Mishna Moed (Festivals), the foundation of the Oral Law, in the original Rabbinic Hebrew. He will study the material on his own, with a commentary of his choice (for instance, Bartenura, Tiferes Yisrael, Kehati or Artscroll) [in addition to listening to a half hour lecture on each chapter]. Through a unique method of constant review combined with learning of new material, developed especially for this course, the student will become proficient in all of the points and minutiae of the Tractate Shabbat (Sabbath) belonging to the Order of the Mishna Moed (Festivals) which discusses the laws of the 39 categories of activity that are prohibited on Shabbat. This course requires advanced level study in Hebrew.

Mishna - The Order of Nezikin (Damages) I - Tractates Bava Kamma (First Gate), Bava Metzia (Middle Gate), Bava Natra (Last Gate) (6 credits, lower division level) December 2005 through December 2015
The student is required to learn the Tractates Bava Kama (First Gate) and Bava Metzia (Middle Gate) of the Order of the Nishna Nezikin (Damages), the foundation of the Oral Law. He will study the material on his own, with a commentary of his choice (for instance, Bartenura, Tiferes Yisrael, Kehati or Artscroll) [in addition to listening to a half hour lecture on each chapter]. Through a unique method of constant review combined with learning of new material, developed especially for this course, the student will become proficient in all of the points and minutiae of the Tractates Bava Kama (First Gate) and Bava Metzia (Middle Gate) which discusses civil matters including the laws of damages, compensations, torts, and property laws.

Mishna: The Order of Taharot (Purity Issues), Parah (Red Heifer), Taharot (Purity Issues) (3 credits, upper division level) December 2005 through December 2015
The student is required to learn the Tractates Parah (Red Heifer) and Taharot (Purity Issues), belonging to the Order of the Mishna Taharot (Purity Issues), the foundation of the Oral Law, in the original Rabbinic Hebrew. He will study the material on his own, with a commentary of his choice (for instance, Bartenura Tiferes Yisrael, Kehati or Artscroll), in addition to listening to a half hour lecture on each chapter. Through a unique method of constant review combined with learning of new material, developed especially for this course, the student will become proficient in all of the points and minutiae of the Tractates Parah (Red Heifer) and Taharot (Purity Issues), which discusses the laws of the Red Heifer and the laws of purity and impurity. This course requires advanced study in Hebrew.

Parsha Learning Group - Discovering Classical Commentaries (3 credits, lower division level) December 2005 through December 2015
The Parsha Learning Group aims to uncover the inner world of Parshanut, Hamikrah, Biblical Exegesis. Every week, Mrs. Prero addresses one topic from the weekly Parsha (Torah portion), and reviews the comments of Rashi and other Early Commentators. The class emphasizes learning how to read the text closely and attempts to understand the difficulties that the Commentaries aims to reconcile. This class does not require prior experience in Torah study or knowledge of Hebrew.

Talmud - Tractate Chagigah (Festival) (6 credits, lower division level) December 2005 through December 2015
The course covers the complete Tractate of Chagigah (Festival), which discusses the laws of the sacrifices that were offered on the three pilgrimage festivals. Every page of the tractate is studied and reviewed many times, to the point where students know most of the text of the tractate by heart by the time they have finished the heart. The study is required to be in attendance for 2.25 hours daily, at least six days a week. During that time a half hour lecture will be delivered 5 days a week. The rest of the time is for self study and intensive review. At the end of each week a written test will be assigned, taking an estimated 90 minutes, in which the student will demonstrate his fulfillment of the learning objectives.

Tehellim Part I (6 credits, upper division level, to be awarded as two 3 credit courses, Tehillim I and Tehillim II) January 2008 through December 2015
In this course, students analyze selected chapters in the book of Tehillim (Psalms). A superficial reading of the text will not reveal the uniqueness of each chapter of Psalms, as praise and pleading seemingly repeat themselves again and again. Through the use of many commentaries, Rabbi David breaks down every chapter into its components and clarifies the distinctions between them. What emerges is a new understanding and appreciation of the precision and pathos contained in Tehillim.

The Book of Genesis with the Commentary of Rashi (3 credits, lower division level) December 2005 through December 2015
This is a self study course. The student is required to study the verses of the entire Book of Genesis in the original Hebrew, as well as all of the notes in Rashi's commentary on each verse throughout the entire text. The student must demonstrate both a thorough knowledge and full understanding of the text and its commentary. The student will integrate the notations of Rashi into his study and examination of the material, in order to facilitate a thorough grasp of the text's connotation. The student will be capable of applying to his life the concepts and philosophies that are mentioned.

The Book of Exodus with the Commentary of Rashi (3 credits, lower division level) December 2005 through December 2015
This is a self study course. The student is required to study the verses of the entire book of Exodus in the original Hebrew, as well as all of the notes in Rashi's commentary on each verse throughout the entire text. The student must demonstrate both a thorough knowledge and full understanding of the text and its commentary. The student will integrate the notations of Rashi into his study and examination of the material, in order to facilitate a thorough grasp of the text's connotation. The student will be capable of applying to his life the concepts and philosophies that are mentioned.

The Books of Joshua and Judges (3 credits, lower division level) December 2005 through December 2015
This is a self study course. The student is required to study the verses of the Books of Joshua and Judges, in the original Hebrew, and demonstrate both a thorough knowledge and full understanding of the texts. The student will display his proficiency by applying acquired knowledge of the text in order to derive practical application of the words of the prophets. On completion of the course, students will be able to: translate and interpret the words and phrases in the text; clearly explain the ideas that are being conveyed; understand essential commentaries, including Metzudat David and Metzudat Tzion, and integrate their notations into their study to enhance their grasp of the text's basic meaning and complete connotation; display comprehension and familiarity with all of the details in these Books of the Prophets, including describing specifics mentioned throughout the texts, as well as identifying names of people and places indicated at any point in the sources; demonstrate mastery of the text's content and be prepared to discuss the relevance and purpose of any details or events cited throughout each of these books when presented with quotations, identify which personalities are conversing, as well as what is being denoted; take isolated verses and identify their general context, and be able to classify the chronology of various events found in the books.

The Book of Samuel (3 credits, lower division level) December 2005 through December 2015
The student is required to study the verses of the Book of Samuel I and II in the original Hebrew and demonstrate both a thorough knowledge and full understanding of the text. The student will display his proficiency by applying acquired knowledge of the text in order to derive practical application of the words of the prophet. On completion of the course, students will be able to: translate and interpret the words and phrases in the text, and clearly explain the ideas that are being conveyed; understand essential commentaries, including Metzudat David and Metzudat Tzion, and integrate their notations into their study to enhance their grasp of the text's basic meaning and complete connotation; display comprehension and familiarity with all of the details in this Book of Prophets, including describing specifics mentioned throughout the texts, as well as identifying names of people and places indicated at any point in the source; demonstrate mastery of the texts content and be prepared to discuss the relevance and purpose of any details or events cited throughout the entire book; when presented with quotations, identify which personalities are conversing, as well as what is being denoted; take isolated verses and identify their general context, and be able to classify the chronology of various events found in the book.