Our Multi-level Judaic studies program ensures each student is appropriately challenged and engaged.  

At Bader Hillel High we pride ourselves on our individualized, hands-on contemporary approach to learning, and that doesn’t stop with our Judaic studies.  Our program includes three separate Gemara tracks which ensure the best fit for each student while appropriately preparing them for their future endeavors.   

Mishna

   

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Course

Opening the
Mishna
  
#M1.1

Mastering the Mishna  #M1.2

Mishna & Commentary  #M1.3

Mishna & Commentary (2) 
#M1.3

Description

Introduction to Mishna: 

Includes a background of the Mishna, a layout of the orders of the Mishna, and a beginners level masechta taught with the aid of worksheets and resource material.

Intermediate
Mishna:
 

Includes a more integrated Mishna class incorporating the text of a Mishnayos with assistance provided in the skill of punctuating a mishna. Utilizes Summary worksheets.

Advanced Mishna - Level 1: 

Utilizes a classic layout and incorporates Bartenura selections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Mishna - Level 2:

An in-text learning that incorporates all Bartenura selections and maintains a good rate of progress with intent to finish several masechtes.

 

Requirements

No Previous Mishna experience required

Successful completion of a masechta at the beginner level and relative fluency in reading

Mastery of reading and fair ability to punctuate and translate

Ease of reading non-vowelized material and translating majority of words

Skills

·   Hebrew reading

·  Common words translation

·   Writing Hebrew

·   Increased Wordbank

·  Practice reading non-vowelized words

·  Hebrew script writing

·  Translation of most words

·  Non-vowelized reading proficiency

·  Reasoning ability

·  Ability to lead the learning

·  Easily work through a Bartenura

  

Talmud

 

Year 1

Year 2

 Year 3

 Year 4

Course

Talmud 101 /
Gemara Introductory
#T2.1

Gemara Beginners
#T2.1

Gemara Intermediate
#T2.1

Gemara Advanced
#T2.1

Description

Gemara
Introduction:

An out-of-text course that gives the student an introduction into the processes and methodology of Talmud Bavli. Uses a popular course material framed on subject matter.

Opening the
Gemara:

Inside study that utilizes phrase-by-phrase workbooks, online courses and guided in-text review. Flashcards 1.

 

In-text Gemara
Study:

Inside text only, aided translate and punctuation.
Summary sheets used and select Rashi’s addressed
Flashcards 2.

 

Inside Text Advanced:

Focus on student’s analytical ability.
Uses Rashi, select Tosfos and supplied commentary.
Student is taught to narrate the Gemara’s point independently.

Requirements

No previous Gemara experience required

Basic knowledge of what Gemara is and general concepts

Familiarity with the Amud and Gemara structure and an ability to read with Talmudic parlance

Comfortable reading a page of Gemara and familiar with major terms, concepts and Rashi script/language

Skills

·  Ability to reason in the style of Gemara narrative

·  Introduction into central topics in Shas.

·  Basic Aramaic word bank developed

·  Talmudic punctuation

·  Ability to narrate and summarize

·  Rashi script

·  Increased word bank

·  Ability to  proficiently review a learned Amud

·   Assisted ability to read a Tosfos

·  Fluent reading

·  Advanced vocabulary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  Tanach Studies

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Course

Parsha

#TN1.1

Tanach - Chumash

#TN2.1

Tanach – Nach 1

#TN2.2

Tanach – Nach 2

#TN2.3

Description

An exploration of the weekly sedra through an historical lens, glossing over the content to gain a familiarity with the bible narrative.
Utilizes Hebrew/ English text and recorded archive lessons.

 

A Torah study beginning with Parsha Bereishis, and some basic select commentaries added. The focus is to go straight through as much of the Torah as possible, with individual study as the basis. Utilizes Hebrew/English texts, summary materials, and segmented quizzes.

A glossing study of the early prophets. Enables the student to have a general knowledge of large portions of Tanach; including its people, places and major events. Basic commentary added to enable simple contextual understanding. Quizzes every few chapters.

Advanced Tanach study that incorporates selections of Latter Neviim as well as select Kesuvim and Megillas. Focus is added on a study of commentaries enabling the student to understand the interpretations of the text.

Requirements

No previous experience required

Basic Parsha of the week knowledge

Successfully completed Tanach – Chumash

Successful completion of the early Neviim

Skills

·  Hebrew reading ability

·  Basic Tanach structure

·   Beginner bible word bank

·   Word bank 2

·   Encyclopedic knowledge of general people and facts of the Torah

·   Laining Chumash

 

 

·   Word bank 3

·   Knowledge base of names and events in Tanach

·   Laining Navi

 

 

 

·   Word Bank 4

·   Knowledge base of major prophecies and events in the later period of Neviim and the Megillas.

·   Laining Kesuvim and Megillas

 

  History

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

  Course

Jewish Personalities

#JH3.1

Jewish History (1)

#JH4.1

Jewish History (2)

#JH4.2

Jewish History (3)

#JH4.3

Description

Explores and researches major Jewish figures throughout history. Utilizes select essays and recordings.

Overview of Jewish history through the end of the second temple. Uses contemporary historical texts and timelines.

Overview of Jewish history from the Diaspora through the end of the Rishonim. Uses contemporary historical texts and timelines.

Overview of Jewish history from the Acharonim Era through the present. Uses contemporary historical texts and timelines.

Requirements

None

Jewish Personalities

Jewish History (1)

Jewish History (2)

Skills

·  Identify and relate facts on 30 major Jewish Personalities

·  Successfully complete a timeline of the early era

·  Compose a historical sketch of major people and events in this era

·  Successfully complete a timeline of the middle era

·  Compose a historical sketch of major people and events in this era

·  Successfully complete a timeline of the contemporary era

·  Compose a historical sketch of major people and events in this era

 

  Law and Practice 

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Course

Concepts & Kitzur 1

#L1.1

Concepts & Kitzur 2

#L1.2

  Shulchan Aruch 1

#L2.1

Shulchan Aruch 2

#L2.2

Description

Jewish Living Part 1:

Incorporates opening chapters of Kitzur Shulchan Aruch and select topics from other sources.

 

 

Jewish Living Part 2:

Incorporates Kitzur Shulchan Aruch and select topics pertaining to Jewish living.

Laws of blessings and laws of Shabbas in depth. Using traditional texts of Shulchan Aruch Harav and Birchas Hanehnin.

Reviews are achieved with materials gleaned from contemporary works.

Laws of Kosher and Issur V’Heter explored in the texts of Shulchan Aruch and select responsa.

 

 

 

Requirements

None

Concepts & Kitzur 1

Concepts & Kitzur 2

Shulchan Aruch 1

Skills

·  Summarize in points the relevant laws covered in a chapter of kitzur

 

·  Learn how to ask a rabbinic authority a question, and to record a response

·  Successfully compose original composition on the topic utilizing the study material and rabbinic response

·  Thorough understanding of the structure and evolution of Shulchan Aruch

·  Identify all major components of the text

·  Summarize complex discussion into practical points

 

  Philosophy

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Course

Intro to Chassidus
#P1.1

Select Essays
#P1.2

Chassidus (1)
#P1.3

Chassidus (2)
#P1.4

Description

Introduction to Chassidus, which includes its history and personalities. Select readings and recordings analyzed through the lens of Chassidus.

Selected Chassidic essays read and analyzed. 

Partner-based study and classroom reviews. Incorporates intermediate level Chassidic discourses. Utilizes translated material.

Partner-based study, which includes some non-translated material.

 

 

Requirements

None

Intro to Chassidus

Familiar with Chassidic text, ideas and style

Fluency in Chassidic terminology

Skills

·   Familiarity with introductory  topics

·   Mastery of select topics

·   Yiddish Language Level 1

·   Idea adaptation and development

·   Yiddish Language Level 2