Exploring Core Texts, Gaining Practical Skills
The Rabbinical School curriculum is a rigorous academic program that leads you on a five- or six-year journey of growth and acquisition of knowledge.
Its thematic and practical approach nourishes your mind and spirit as you prepare to serve in the world as a rabbi. You’ll graduate having encountered the essential texts for today’s rabbinate, the skills for lifelong learning and leadership, and a love of Talmud Torah.
Torah and Rabbinics
The core curriculum is built around the two foundational texts of Jewish tradition, the Torah and the Talmud. Each year, you’ll study one book of the Torah in depth, examining a range of commentaries from ancient Midrash to contemporary literary analysis. The Talmud sequence covers major topics relevant to serving as a rabbi today, and features courses in theology, halacha (Jewish law), and practical rabbinics connected to the theme.
Jewish Thought and History
A Jewish Thought sequence introduces you to some of the major thinkers and trends in Jewish thought, from the rabbinic period up to today. Core classes and electives offer opportunities for intensive exposure to the mystical tradition.
In the preparatory and first years, you will take intensive Hebrew courses that are integrated with core text classes so that you gain the knowledge and skills to learn sacred texts in the original Hebrew.
A series of practical rabbinics courses and internships prepares you to serve as a rabbi in a variety of settings.
Rabbi Daniel Klein
Director of Admissions