Jewish Studies Curriculum

Kesser Torah College High School offers a high level comprehensive Jewish Studies curriculum led by Heads of Faculties and the Head of Jewish Studies. The curriculum is constantly under review, being developed to maximise the achievement of each and every student. The focus of the curriculum is divided into content, skills and values.

Content
The curriculum offers a wide range of subjects covering a broad amount of topics necessary for fundamental Jewish knowledge and living as a Torah true Jew, with emphasis on studying from the original texts and sources.

Skills
Many of the subjects are textual based aimed at providing the students with the skills to learn the texts independently to eventually enable them to study on their own beyond Year 12. This is in addition to training students to analytical and critical thinking.

Values
The aim of Jewish studies is not only to provide content and skills but to instill and imbue the students with a commitment to Jewish values and principles and a love of their Judaism. Built into the curriculum is a focus on transmitting these values and principles into the daily living of all of the students.

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GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL  

Dinim (Jewish Law)
The program is designed to teach the students the basic laws of day-to-day Jewish living as well as the skills to research Halachic questions and topics of interest, while also delving into the background and spirit underlying the Halachah being studied.
Parshah (weekly Torah portion)
The aim of this subject is to heighten students’ awareness of the weekly Torah readings and teach students concepts and values that they can then share at the Shabbos table at home.
Chumash (Torah Text)
The focus of the program is skills based, developing the skills to learn and understand Rashi as well as the other commentaries of the Chumash, in addition to the underlying values inherent in the topic being studied.
Novi (Prophets)
Like Chumash, this is a skills based subject focused on understanding the various texts of the writings of the prophets and the rich values incorporated in the text.
Jewish History
Teaching Jewish History instills in our students an awareness and appreciation for their Jewish heritage, their past and future destiny.
Advanced Jewish Studies
This is an elective focusing on text and skills covering a broad range of topics of interest to the students who wish to explore the Jewish learning at an even deeper level, to equip them for tertiary learning beyond the HSC.

 

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BOYS HIGH SCHOOL  

Gemara
A significant amount of time is spent in the Boys’ High School on learning Talmud and its complexities. Students are exposed to the basic skills of learning and researching the passages of the Talmud and the Halachic relevance of this in day-to-day living. In addition students are trained in the critical analysis, logic & thinking that the Talmud typically uses to analyse the subject being scrutinised.
Chumash (Torah text)
The focus of the program is skills based, developing the skills to learn and understand Rashi as well as the other commentaries of the Chumash, in addition to the underlying values inherent in the topic being studied.
Chassidus / Philosophy
This subject is aimed at teaching the philosophical and theological side of Yiddishkeit with the view to understanding the deeper meaning of the various components of Judaism.
Tanach
Like Chumash, this is a skills based subject understanding the various texts of the writings of the prophets and the rich values incorporated in the text.
Dinim (Jewish Law)
The program is designed to teach the students the basic laws of day-to-day Jewish living as well as the skills to research Halachic questions and topics of interest, while also delving into the background and spirit underlying the Halachah being studied.
Parshah (Weekly Torah portion)
The aim of this subject is to heighten students’ awareness of the weekly Torah readings and teach students concepts that they can then share at the Shabbos table at home.

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