Parsha Journeys presents the complete storyline of the first two chapters of each of the weekly parshiyot (Torah portions), in addition to insights into some of the more famous events discussed.
The course covers the entire text of the Book of Genesis (Creation, Man in the Garden, Genealogy of Mankind, Tower of Babel, Ten Trials of Avraham, Covenant, Sodom, Eliezer & Rivka, Laban, Avraham vs Isaac, Jacob’s deception, Leah and Rachel, Laban, Eisav, Shechem, Yosef and the brothers, Yosef in Egypt, Persecution of brothers, Jacob’s blessing) with a range of well-known Midrashim, sections from the Talmud, medieval and modern commentaries.
Students study the first half of the book of Yechezkel, Ezekiel. The instructor explains the pshat, or basic meaning of the text, utilizing classical commentaries such as Rashi. Additionally, the instructor delves into the deeper meaning and messages of the text, applying its messages to life.
Students learn the first two books of the “Early Prophets:” Yehoshua, and Shoftim. Students will attain a good survey knowledge of the two books. This will be accomplished by reading through the material, to attain basic familiarity with the history, personalities, etc. Students will learn particular themes in greater depth. These will involve the interpretations of the classical commentators over the centuries, regarding different topics.
The book of Daniel is a unique part of the Written Torah. It is mainly written in Aramaic and describes the fascinating and inspirational life of the prophet Daniel. Students will study Daniel, focusing on timeless messages, many of which relate to the Exile and its eventual end. In the second part of the course, the instructor explores Trei Asar, the shorter prophesies of the late Era of Prophecy. These prophecies speak of fundamental concepts such as sin, retribution, repentance, forgiveness, and redemption.
Students study the five megillot: Esther, Shir HaShirim, Kohelet, Eicha, and Ruth. The course focuses on the basic meaning of the text as well as the deeper meaning within it. Commentaries are included in the discussion which allows for broader understanding of the text
Students take an in-depth look at Moshe’s famous entreaty to G-d in Parshat Va’etchanan. Students also delve into the symbolism, hidden meanings, and G-dly promises of success and survival in Exile that are contained in Jacob’s famous dream of the ladder. This advanced class incorporates a close reading of the text along with a practical application of lessons learned.
This course offers an in-depth study of selected topics in the weekly Torah portion, or Parsha, with a focus on character development. Some of the ideas discussed include the diversity of the Twelve Tribes, Sanctifying the New Moon, and the battle against Amalek. The classes cover most of the parshiot (Torah portions) from Genesis, Exodus, and Numbers. Each lecture begins with basic primary sources, usually a verse from the Torah, and then studies extensive selections from both the Early Commentators of the Middle Ages and the Later Commentators of the Modern Era. The instructor adds excerpts from classical works produced by the Chassidic and Mussar Movements, and ties together all components of the lecture to present a new insight into one’s life as an inspired, Torah Jew.
Students study the themes inherent in the first half of the Book of Yirmiyahu. The course focuses on both the structure and beauty of the text, the historical background to the prophecies studied, as well as on the inspiration and spiritual impact that the timeless words of Yirmiyahu have on our lives today.
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, the instructor 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.
This course is an in-depth study of selected topics in the weekly Torah portion, or Parsha, with a focus on character development. The classes cover most of the parshiot from Genesis, Exodus, and Numbers. Each lecture begins with basic primary sources, usually a verse from the Torah, and then studies extensive selections from both the Early Commentators of the Middle Ages and the Later Commentators of the Modern Era. The instructor adds excerpts from classical works produced by the Chassidic and Mussar Movements, and ties together all components of the lecture to present a new insight into one’s life as an inspired Torah Jew.
This course is centered on the weekly Torah portion. Within 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 Bornsztain, the second Sochatchover Rebbe. This course attempts to deepen the student’s understanding of some of the themes presented in the books of Genesis and Exodus. This goal 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 to modern issues and challenges.
Before their start in business courses, students first need an understanding in economics. A behavioral science, economics concerns how people behave in the economic environment. In this course we will examine the behavior of consumers and how they make decisions as well as the firm and how it makes decisions.
Many students come to an introduction to business class not quite sure what it’s all about. The course has something for everyone, from those who have been in the business world a while to those just getting started. As the course unfolds, you’ll develop an understanding of the foundations of business and will be able to apply what you already know (or what you are starting to learn) about business to many aspects of the course.
This course is designed to help students gain mastery over English grammar and writing skills. By the end of this course, students should feel comfortable writing documents from a simple e-mail to a research paper.
This course is designed to help students gain mastery over technical, descriptive and persuasive writing. Included are techniques for gaining information through critical thinking and analysis of written word. By the end of this course, students should feel comfortable writing more in-depth documents with the ability to influence the reader.
Computer Applications is designed to enable students to become competent using computers and their applications. Emphasis in this course will be placed on Microsoft applications, in particular word processing (Microsoft Word), spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel), databases (Microsoft Access), and multimedia presentations (Microsoft PowerPoint). Students will also learn how to use Microsoft OneNote, Microsoft Sway, Microsoft Mix, and Microsoft Edge, applications which enhance productivity and make collaboration easy.
This course, an introduction to computer systems for non-majors is an excellent overview of all aspects of technology. The course provides current information from the digital space to artificial intelligence. Students will cover a large variety of topics and become familiar with the entire landscape of technology in today’s world.
CPT 101 or CPT 105 (pre- or co-requisite), MAT 102
This course provides the beginning programmer with a guide to developing applications using the Java programming language. Java is popular among professional programmers because it can be used to build visually interesting graphical user interface (GUI) and Web-based applications. Java also provides an excellent environment for the beginning programming. A student can quickly build useful programs while learning the basics of structured and object-oriented programming techniques.
CPT 101 or CPT 105 (pre- or co-requisite), MAT 102, recommended CPT 210
Pre-Requisites: CPT 101 or CPT 105
This course provides an introduction to operating system basics with the intent of giving a student a deeper understanding of various operating systems. Operating systems covered include Windows 7 through Windows 10 desktop operating systems, Windows Server, UNIX/Linux, and Mac OS X operating systems. Students will learn some networking basics and information involving how to create mixed environments.
Pre-Requisites: CPT 101 or CPT 105, MAT 102
This course will give students a solid foundation in database design and implementation. It provides in-depth coverage of database design, demonstrating that the key to successful database implementation is in proper design of databases to fit within a larger strategic view of the data environment. Topics covered include: using C++/Java to develop Web-based database applications, SQL and manipulating relational data; applications programming for relational databases; physical characteristics of databases; achieving performance and reliability with database systems; object-oriented and distributed information systems
Pre-requisites: CPT 101 or CPT 105 (re-or co-requisite), MAT 102
Python is a language with a simple syntax, and a powerful set of libraries. It is an interpreted language, with a rich programming environment, including a robust debugger and profiler. While it is easy for beginners to learn, it is widely used in many scientific areas for data exploration. This course is an introduction to the Python programming language for students without prior programming experience. Students are first introduced to the fundamentals of data storage, input and output, control structures, functions, sequences and lists, file I/O, and objects that are created from standard library classes. Students then learn to write classes, explore the topics of inheritance and polymorphism, and learn to write recursive functions. Finally, students learn to develop simple event-driven GUI applications.
Pre-Requisites: CPT 101 or CPT 105, CPT 121, MAT 102 CPT 111 or CPT 212
Web development consists of coding for both the client side and server side. Using real-world examples and a step-by-step approach, in this course students will learn to code for the server-side of web development. Languages such as PHP together with MySQL, or node.js, is taught, together with the issues and challenges that face the server-side developer.
Pre-Requisites: CPT 101 or CPT 105, CPT 210, MAT 102, CPT 121, CPT 222, CPT 111 or CPT 212
Pre-Requisites: CPT 101 or CPT 105, MAT 102, CPT 111 or CPT 212
Students study the design and development principles for mobile iOS applications using the Swift language. The course also provides general knowledge of mobile hardware; cell networks; mobile architectures, operating systems, languages, development environments and simulators, and user interfaces; location-based services; data storage and retrieval.
Pre-Requisites: CPT 101 or CPT 105
This course uses C# as the programming language for software development; however, the basic programming concepts presented can be applied to a number of other languages. Instead of focusing on the syntax of the C# language, this course uses the C# language to present general programming concepts. Once you develop a thorough understanding of one programming language, you can effectively apply those concepts to other programming languages.
Pre-Requisites: CPT 101 or 105, CPT 301 (pre- or co-requisite), MAT 102, CPT 202 (pre-or co-requisite)
This course is designed to prepare students to take the CompTIA Network+ N10-007 exam. The qualification obtained upon successful completion of the exam provides students with a solid foundation of networking, and is the prerequisite to more advanced CompTIA certifications. This qualification will enable students to begin a career in network administration. The Network+ exam is recognized by employers globally as a statement that an individual has a core set of skills, which are required for most entry-level IT jobs everywhere.
Pre-Requisites: CPT 101 or 105, CPT 202 , CPT 311, CPT 111 or CPT 212
This course prepares students to take the CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 certification exam. Students will gain competency in topics such as threats, vulnerabilities, and attacks, system security, network infrastructure, access control, cryptography, risk management, and organizational security. This course covers each of the domains for the Security+ SY0-501 certification to help students prepare for that exam. The fundamentals taught in this class will help prepare students for a career as a cybersecurity analyst.
Pre-Requisites: CPT 101 or 105, CPT 202, MAT 102, MAT 202, CPT 311
This course presents the latest systems development methods, tools, and techniques. This course concentrates on the fundamentals of systems design, analysis of information requirements, and the analysis process. Students learn prototyping, how to manage projects and use CASE and OOM tools. Students will be able to, upon completing this course, analyze a problematic system and design a solution.
Pre-Requisites: CPT 101,CPT 121, CPT 210, CPT 212, CPT 301, CPT 202, CPT 450, two semesters of any programming language (at least one Object-Oriented language), MAT 102, MAT 201, MAT 202, Recommended- CPT 230, CPT 311
This course introduces the concepts and best practices of software architecture-how a software system is structured and how that system’s elements are meant to interact. Distinct from the details of implementation, algorithm, and data representation, an architecture holds the key to achieving system quality, is a reusable asset that can be applied to subsequent systems, and is crucial to a software organization’s business strategy. The course is structured around the concept of architecture influence cycles. Each cycle shows how architecture influences, and is influenced by, a particular context in which architecture plays a critical role. Contexts include technical relations, the life cycle of a project, an organization’s business profile, and the architect’s professional practices.
Pre-Requisites: CPT 101 or 105, CPT 202, MAT 102, CPT 311
Continuing where CPT 111 left off, this course delves into more advanced topics, such as implementing object0oriented designs using classes and interfaces, managing operating-system process, building GUIs with JavaFX, hiding information, inheritance, abstratc classes, design patterns, listeners, exception handling, and more. At the end of this course, students will be equipped with the skills necessary to write robust, scalable, and optimal Java code effectively.
Pre-Requisites: CPT 101 or 105, CPT 202, MAT 102, CPT 311
This course introduces students to the theoretical hardware and software foundations of embedded systems and expands into the areas of signal integrity, system security, low power, and hardware-software co-design. The course builds upon earlier material to teach students how to apply reliable, robust solutions to a wide range of applications operating in today’s often challenging environments. Students will explore each of the key theoretical and practical issues to consider when designing an application in today’s world. This courses stresses the importance of security, safety, and reliability in the design and development of embedded systems and provides a balanced treatment of both the hardware and the software aspects.
Pre-Requisites: CPT 101 or 105,CPT 111, CPT 210, CPT 212, CPT 202, MAT 102, CPT 311
In this course, students will learn the principles of Agile development. They will learn how to choose the right Agile framework, how to implement systematic product delivery, and report progress with visualization. Students will be introduced to Scrum and Kanban, and they will learn to use JIRA to manage development strategies.
The course covers basic conversational skills, displaying comprehension of high-frequency commands, courtesy formulae and simple statements and questions, demonstrating an ability to formulate basic responses to them, and answering questions in Hebrew based on elementary-level listening comprehension passages. Students will also study simple reading passages, and learn how to extract meaning from a string of connected sentences when context or background knowledge are supportive. We will read texts, both silently and aloud, study the Hebrew consonant and vowel systems, learn how to analyze Hebrew words as to their roots, prefixes and suffixes, identify parts of speech, learn the basic rules of Hebrew pronunciation, learn to recognize basic grammatical structures when vocabulary is known or supplied, and identify basic words for foods, articles and places.
Pre-requisites: HEB 101
The course continues to expand the students’ knowledge and understanding of written and spoken Hebrew, including comprehension of complex sentences, the ability to converse for longer periods of time regarding a variety of topics; work out the meaning of longer utterances; and answer aural questions in Hebrew after listening to an intermediate level Hebrew story. Students will learn how to consistently identify the Who, What, When and Where in short connected texts on basic subjects; work out the meaning of longer passages using textual cues, identify most past, present, and future tense forms of frequent verbs in all Hebrew verb patterns, thereby grasping the chronological sequence of events, meet practical and social writing needs on topics related to the writer’s immediate environment, such as biographical details, school and work, take brief notes on familiar topics and respond in writing to personal questions, write in somewhat descriptive paragraphs, demonstrating full control of simple sentences and use of more complex sentences linked by conjunctions, and translate an intermediate level Hebrew text into English, translate an intermediate level English text into Hebrew.
This course analyzes the sanctity, significance, and characteristics inherent in the festivals of Pesach and Shavuot. It also takes a profound multifaceted look at the period between these two festivals known as sefirat ha’omer (the counting of the omer).
The Days of Awe, beginning with the month of Elul and concluding with Sukkot, are days of repentance, introspection, self-definition, prayer, and ultimate joy. This course takes a comprehensive look at this emotionally charged period, particularly focusing on the Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur prayers, explaining their structure, the logical sequence of the prayers, and the meaning and symbolism of key tefillot (prayers). Students also examine Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s important work on Jewish Thought, Al HaTeshuva, which discusses repentance and self-improvement as a means to growth and ascension in service of Hashem.
Pre-requisites: HEB 101
Jerusalem was once a city that shone with the Divine Presence and rang with the sounds of people serving their Creator. Today, the Temple no longer stands, and our primary goal of sanctifying the name of Hashem seems to be muted. What were the causes of this destruction? What should we do to return to our former glory as G-d’s Holy people, serving Him in Jerusalem? How can we deepen our appreciation of Jewish unity in order to rectify the sin of disunity that caused the destruction? This thought-provoking course explores these questions, and other topics relating to the Three Weeks, The Ninth of Av, and the Tenth of Tevet which commemorate the destruction of the Temple.
The Laws of Proper Speech, as codified in the book, Chafetz Chaim, are the foundation of many of the laws governing human interaction. Every class begins with a textual analysis, and then proceeds on to a discussion of real-life examples and ways to apply the principles discussed to daily living. The ultimate goal of the course is to encourage self-awareness and self-improvement in the areas of mitzvot bein adam l’chavero (human relations).
This course contains an in-depth study of the Laws of Honoring Shabbat and the Laws of Prohibited Activity on Shabbat. Using Biblical verses as a starting point, students follow the halachic discussion in the Talmud, and then go on to the halachic rulings of the Medieval and Contemporary commentaries, ending with the final Halacha as it applies today. The main topics covered are cooking and reheating food on Shabbat, benefitting from a prohibited activity on Shabbat, and the melachot of dosh (grinding), memachek (erasing), sechita (wringing), libun (washing), and kotev (writing).
Students will study a halachic text such as Shulchan Aruch and a commentary on it, such as Mishneh Berurah or Aruch Hashulchan. Students will study the first section of Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim which discusses a person’s morning rituals and routine. The student will cover many simanim, discussing Tefillin, Tzitzis and davening.
Study of Halacha, Jewish law, pertaining to holy days and festivals. Students will study a halachic text such as Shulchan Aruch and a commentary on it, such as Mishneh Berurah or Aruch Hashulchan. Students will study the third section of Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim. Laws pertaining to festivals and holy days that students will study include bedikat chametz, chol hamoed, shofar, Ten Days of Repentance, Yom Kippur, Chanuka, and Purim
This course explores four fundamental aspects of Jewish philosophy and faith. Part I examines Maimonides’ Thirteen Principles of Faith as well as the philosophical discussions of the Maharal on faith. Part II analyzes the concept of trust in G-d as the ultimate provider of all of Man’s needs and desires in this world and 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 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 mitzvot.
This course presents an overview of the structure and content of the Oral Law. The course focuses on Maimonides monumental works on this subject. The course compares Maimonides understanding with other commentaries views regarding the subject. Topics include the history of the Oral Law, identifying important authorities and works, and the development of law through the ages.
Students study the books Netivot Olam and Netzach Yisrael, by Rabbi Yehuda Loewe, the Maharal of Prague, a seventeenth century rabbi who authored many books of Jewish philosophy. Students examine the nature of the yetzer hara, the evil inclination. Students
analyze where its power stems from and how to combat it. Students focus on the causes of suffering, and how people can grow from suffering. Additionally, students examine the nature of discord, and define as well as analyze the inherent qualities of peace. Students focus on the causes for the destruction of the First and Second Temples, and the changes in perspective and behavior that must occur in order to rectify this damage.
This course studies selections from the classical ethical works, Chovot HaLevavot by Rabbenu Bachya ibn Pekuda, Tomer Devora by Rabbi Moshe Cordevoro, and Mesilat Yesharim by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato. Chovot HaLevavot discusses Man’s purpose in the world and his obligations to G-d in belief, behavior and character. Tomer Devora describes how Man should adapt and adopt G-d’s Thirteen Attributes of Mercy, transforming himself from a mere human to a G-dly individual. Mesilat Yesharim follows a step by step plan of ascension to spiritual perfection, based on a Gemara which lists 15 steps to reach Ruach Hakodesh, Divine inspiration.
The instructor explicates these fundamental works and looks at key themes found throughout the books and ways in which they can be applied to daily living.
The Jewish Bible, or Torah, is one of the oldest and most widely read texts of law, ethics and philosophy. Many of the principles presented in the Torah form the basis of Western ethics, both business and personal.
This course presents issues of integrity in business based on practical examples of Jewish law for a moral and upright society. The course presents modern issues in business ethics with examples of contemporary Rabbinic court cases for thought-provoking and engaging discussions. Classes use case studies and various sources to help students understand the underlying principles and thought processes behind business law. The course is designed to offer current topics to encourage lively interaction and debate. From copyright issues, the fine line between profit-making and overcharging, to keeping ones word and accidentally taking someone’s umbrella, content has been selected to assist students in developing solid ethical and legal decisions.
The portions of the Torah which address proper business interactions and respect for others’ property and rights form the body of knowledge known as Business Halacha, or Jewish Monetary Law. A study of these laws and their logical underpinnings will enable students to develop a moral compass and ethical behavior.
This course presents issues of responsibility in business based on practical examples of Jewish law for a moral and upright society. The course presents modern issues in business ethics with examples of contemporary Rabbinic court cases for thought-provoking and engaging discussions. Classes use case studies and various sources to help students understand the underlying principles and thought processes behind Jewish business law. The course is designed to offer current topics to encourage lively interaction and debate. From employer-employee relations, rented, borrowed, or lost property, to business partnerships and responsibilities of a professional to his client, content has been selected to assist students in developing solid ethical and legal decisions.
The study of algebra assists students in the rules for manipulating formulae and algebraic expressions involving unknowns and real or complex numbers. The course facilitates the study of properties and patterns that seemingly are a different form of mathematical concepts. Students gain a thorough grounding in the concepts central to their success in mathematics by successfully connecting from concept to concept.
Pre-requisites: MAT 102
During this course, students learn that calculus is the study of how things change. It provides a framework for modeling systems in which there is change, and a way to deduce the predictions of such models. The course focuses on limits, functions, derivatives, integrals, and infinite series.
This course is designed to introduce students to Statistics, which is the science of the collection, organization, and interpretation of data. Students will deal with all the aspects of statistics including the planning of data collection in terms of the design of surveys and experiment. The course provides a first exposure to Statistics I that focuses on technological skills to increase statistical literacy, with detailed explanations presented in an easy conversational writing style. The lessons use a step?by?step problem?solving approach that helps students understand complex statistical concepts, while incorporating educational trends that stress student understanding of basic statistical concepts with the help of technological devices.
This course introduces concepts of mathematics that are applied in various disciplines with an emphasis on the use in business settings. This course is designed to provide the non-mathematics major an intense foundational introduction to fundamental concepts in Mathematics. The course concentrates on pertinent and concrete examples and applications.
Earth’s ecosystem directly affects all of us. Earth consists of many different components that create the environment for our existence. In this course, students will learn about many of these topics, covering the history through current events and status. Interesting and important, this course serves to present a strong overview of the world in which we live.
In-depth study of Talmud at the introductory level: Students will analyze the text of Talmud line by line in the original Aramaic and study it using Rashi and Tosfos, medieval commentators on the Talmud. Rashi and Tosfos explain the Talmudic discussions and the logical background to the conclusions of the Rabbis. A limited number of later commentaries on Tosfos will be brought to help clarify a Tosfos.
The Talmud survey series is based on reading and understanding the text of the Talmud. The introductory class has students learn basic vocabulary, terminology and the key words. Students gain mastery of the layout of the Gemara and the questions and answers contained with it.
In-depth study of Talmud at the beginner level: The beginner level incorporates the introductory course and expands on it with adding more skills and greater analysis of the text and commentaries. Students will analyze the text of Talmud line by line in the original Aramaic and study it using Rashi and Tosfos, medieval commentators on the Talmud. Rashi and Tosfos explain the Talmudic discussions and the logical background to the conclusions of the Rabbis. Students will then study the comments and additions of the later commentators, from the 1600s until today. Students will study pages of a Tractate in depth, through a combination of structured preparation time in a Beit Midrash setting and lecture.
A continuation of our Talmud survey series. This course increases the level of difficulty from the previous courses with the quicker pace and the larger amount of material needed to be covered. In addition, this course requires in-depth understanding of the text of the Gemara with Rashi commentary.
Pre-requisite: TALM 110 or TALM 210
In‐depth study of Talmud at the intermediate level: Students will analyze the text of Talmud and study it using Rashi and Tosfot, medieval commentators on the Talmud. They will study 3‐10 pages of a Tractate. The course will include later commentaries and require to apply the information learned to other contexts and tractates.
Study of Talmud at the intermediate level: Students cover a large number of pages in Gemara. Students are expected to have a good grasp of Aramaic and able to read Rashi very well. The course will study Tosfos as the commentary deals with the reading of the Gemara. This course will learn the beginning of Berachos.
Pre-requisite: TALM 110 or TALM 210, TALM 310
In‐depth study of Talmud at the advanced level: Students will analyze the text of Talmud using many medieval commentators on the Talmud. The course will include later commentaries and contemporary explanations. The course will develop themes and concepts to explain the most complex issues in the Gemara.
Study of Talmud at the advanced level: Students will study significant portions of the tractate. The course will learn through many different mishnayos and topics. Students will gain an understanding of the Gemara through Rashi, relevant Tosfos with Tosfos commentaries.