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Judaic Studies

Judaic Studies

The goal of Judaic Studies at KYHS is for each student to be engaged in religious growth and to identify as proud, confident, and humble Modern Orthodox Jews.

 

Our classes are grouped by different skill levels and by gender. The classes that comprise our Judaic Studies curriculum include:

 

Prophets and Writings: Neviim and Ketuvim נ״ך

 

Our four-year curriculum includes an in-depth study of the history and personalities of the Jewish Kings, the Biblical Prophets, and their Writings. Classes focus on the comprehension and analysis of the stories of Nach and their placement within the context of Jewish and World History.

The sequence of our Nach curriculum is:

 

9th grade: Our freshmen study Sefer Melachim II, focusing on the story of Malchut Yisrael. This course explores the events and personalities that contributed to the decline of the Northern Kingdom, leading to its conquest and dissolution at the hands of the mighty Assyrian Empire.

 

10th grade: Our sophomores continue the study of Sefer Melachim II, along with the books of Yirmiyahu and Yechezkel, focusing on the story of Malchut Yehuda. This course explores the events and personalities that contributed to the destruction of Yerushalayim and the BHM”K at the hands of the Babylonian Empire.

 

11th grade: Our juniors study Sefer Ezra-Nechemiah, focusing on the period of Shivat Tzion, the national return to Israel after 70 years of Babylonian exile. This course focuses on the challenges the Jewish People faced when rebuilding a Jewish society in Israel with a new Beit HaMikdash at its center.

 

12th grade: Our seniors take three trimester-long Navi classes, with a broad range of topics such as the poetry of Sefer Tehillim and its relationship to Sefer Shmuel, an in-depth study of the Five Megillot, and the powerful prophecies of Yishayahu. This rotation of courses gives students an opportunity to learn a diverse array of Sifrei Nach with a strong philosophical focus.

 

Oral Law: Gemara/ Torah Shebaal Peh: גמרא/ תורה שבעל פה

 

The Gemara curriculum is a blend of skills development and analysis.  Predicated on their background, the boys will be tracked in a Gemara shiur that will build vocabulary and fluency of reading in addition to understanding the systematic logic of the Gemara and will help them be able to critically analyze the sugya.  

The sequence of our boys' Gemara curriculum is:

 

9th grade: Pesachim

10th grade: Kiddushin

11th grade: Bava Kama

12th grade: Sanhedrin

 

There is also a masmidim track in addition to the regular honors boys class which is designed for boys who are looking to push themselves even more in their learning and religious development and who are willing to make an extra time commitment to meet that goal.


In 9th grade, our girls learn Gemara and in grades, 10-12 girls are given the option of taking either Gemara or Torah Shebaal Peh. 

 

Torah Shebaal Peh is a study of Halacha that is source-based.  The girls will see first hand the sources that make up the backbone of the halacha that ultimately gets fleshed out through the prism of the Rishonim / Medieval commentaries and ultimately the codes, Mishna Torah and Shulchan Aruch and given practical application through contemporary responsa literature.  Such a rich presentation provides a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Halacha.

 

The sequence of our girls' Torah Shebaal Peh curriculum is:

 

9th grade: Hilchot Berachot and Tefilla and lifecycle events.

10th grade: Mitzvot Bein Adam L'chaveiro

11th grade:  The laws of Shabbat

12th grade: The senior year is split in two, half the year is Kashrut and the other half is Jewish Medical Ethics.

 

Tefilla Curriculum

 

One period each week the students learn about Tefilla. The course is designed to elicit deep understanding and connection to the tefillot they say each day as they explore the Shemoneh Esrei. Students have said this tefilla for years, and we hope to add to their understanding and appreciation for this most beautiful tefilla as it is our most direct communication with G-d.

 

Night Seder and Mishmar: סדר ערב ומשמר

 

To increase opportunities for Torah and Tefilla, the school offers two optional programs. The weekly boys and girls' Night Seder programs include dinner, Torah study, and maariv. On Sunday mornings, boys can study and daven with KYHS staff in communities throughout South Florida.