Innovative Halacha Program Piloted at ICJA

Oct. 04, 2014

Source: Ida Crown Jewish Academy

We are very proud to have been selected to pilot a new halacha course with Rabbi Yosef Zvi Rimon and his institute for halacha, Merkaz Halakha V'Horaah. Last year, the Academy piloted a successful curriculum in the laws of kashrut with girls in Advanced Jewish Studies Program that was prepared in Israel especially for the Academy. Building on that program’s success, we expanded the project this year with new materials for teaching the laws of Shabbat and a special unit on shmita. The pilot of the Shabbat curriculum for sophomore girls is led by Mrs. Yitzhak and Rabbi Segal.

Rabbi Binyomin Segal says, “This is probably the first attempt to put together a halacha curriculum that uses a combination of primary sources to present a deep understanding of the conceptual structures of halacha and is presented in a user-friendly way designed for American students.”

Because this method of teaching halacha is a work in progress, ICJA is piloting the program in order to help refine it. This partnership means that we have a unique opportunity to use the expertise of Rav Rimon and his Institute to craft the program to the specific needs of our students. As part of the program’s implemention, Rav Rimon visited the Academy in mid-November to meet with staff and students. He also taught a halacha class for sophomores.

Updated: Nov. 24, 2014