Centre for Continuing Education

Ethics of Jewish Living Course: SJM

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In partnership with the Department of Hebrew, Biblical & Jewish Studies
Course materials developed by The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning - a project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. For specific enquiries regarding the program, please contact Hinda Young on 0432 567 917 or email.

This interactive course, developed and led by the Melton Centre at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is a comprehensive series of text-based lessons. Understanding Jewish ethics is the essence of understanding Judaism. Participants will explore how Judaism views human behaviour and debates practical dilemmas in life. The course is organised thematically and has been tailored to suit the interests of Australian learners. The remaining topics of Ethics of Jewish Living will be taught at a later date.

Course Content

  1. Fertility Management
  2. Abortion
  3. Gender-Related Ethics
  4. Euthanasia and End-of-Life Decisions
  5. All for One, or One for All
  6. Taking a Trip to Israel
  7. Gemilut Chasadim
  8. Ransoming Captives
  9. Tzedakah Priorities
  10. Making an Honest Living
  11. Jews and Gentiles
  12. Environmental Ethics
  13. Animal Experimentation
  14. Stem Stell Research
  15. A Code of Jewish Living

Course Outcomes

At the end of the course, participants will:

  1. Be able to recognise that there is a unique Jewish approach to Ethics which is based on a 4,000 year tradition
  2. Learn that Jewish ethics is inseparable from Jewish law – ethical questions require a legal response
  3. Be able to identify different schools of thought within the Jewish ethical tradition and know where they diverge from one another
  4. Gain an appreciation of the complexity of grappling with ethical questions and will recognise that not all ethical dilemmas can be 'solved'

Course Delivery

Seminar with group discussion.

Reading

Participants are required to bring their own Tanakh (Bible) to each session. Any scholarly translation is acceptable. Two recommended editions: the Jewish Publication Society Tanakh and the New Revised Standard Version Tanakh.

Features

  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion