The Academic Part of the Rabbinical Training includes:

  • Hebrew: Biblical, Rabbinic and Israeli Hebrew.
    Taught in years 1-3, during the whole year.

  • Aramaic: the dialects necessary to be able to read and handle Tanach and classical rabbinic texts.
    Taught in year 1, during the whole year.

  • Tanach: its literature, Midrash, medieval and modern commentators, Modern Bible criticism.
    Taught in years 1-4, during the whole year.

  • Halacha: its principles, development, relationship to Aggada, the various approaches by different Jewish streams, classical and modern responsa and other sources.
    Taught in years 1-5, during the whole year.

  • History: a thorough overview, development of Jewish concepts and how they were shaped by historical events, the specific Jewish way of understand the meaning and importance of history, insight into the  issues of Jewish history. Special attention is paid to the history of the Dutch Jewish community and the Progressive movement in general.
    Taught in year 1, during the whole year. In years 2-5 seminars.

  • Israel: country and state: history, its theological and cultural significance, periods of study and experiencing the country (if not acquired earlier), thorough personal acquaintance with the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism, its leaders and institutions.
    Taught in years 2-5, incl. seminars in The Netherlands and Israel.

  • Liturgy: a thorough introduction to the development of Jewish liturgy, contents of contemporary orthodox en non-orthodox siddurim and minhagim (Ashkenazy, Sefardi, Edot HaMizrach), the theological background to the parallels and differences, contemporary issues in Jewish liturgy and minhagim.
    Taught in years 2-5, including seminars.

  • Rituals: year cycle, life cycle and other mitzwot.
    Taught in years 2-5, including internships.

  • Philosophy: Jewish thinkers and Jewish thought in earlier times and now, relationship to non-Jewish philosophical systems, principles of Progressive Judaism and its development, schisms in Judaism.
    Taught in years 3-5, including seminars.

  • Jewish music, art and literature: an introduction with emphasis on the importance of music in the liturgy and synagogue services, modern Jewish and Israeli literature.
    Taught in year 5, during one semester.

  • Interfaith: thorough introductions to Christianity and Islam and acquaintance with other religions.
    Taught in years 3-4, including seminars.

The academic part is followed, after the fifth year, by producing a rabbinical thesis of 10,000-20,000 words.