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Learn about Judaism with online courses and programs

Judaism is an ancient religion centered around the philosophy of one true god and his chosen people, with origins in Israel and other areas of the ancient Middle East. Explore Jewish scriptures, practices, and rituals with courses delivered through edX.

What is Judaism?

Judaism is the belief system of the Jewish people, which originated with the biblical patriarch Abraham around 1800 BCE. The religion prioritizes an ethical lifestyle supported by a close relationship with God. This is exercised through activities like synagogue worship, adherence to dietary restrictions, and celebration of high holidays.

The history of the Jewish people is one of resilience, adaptability, and tradition. Holy scriptures such as the Hebrew Bible and the Tanakh provide the laws, narratives, and teachings that guide Jewish life. These texts can serve as a source of inspiration for contemporary Jewish individuals and communities.

Studying Judaism can lead to insights and appreciation for a diverse culture that shapes the worldview of individuals across the globe. Learn about Jewish practices, beliefs, and philosophies with online courses on edX.

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Judaism course curriculum

If you want to learn about the history, role, and impact of Judaism on society and culture, you can take a deep dive into its scriptures and traditions with online courses on edX. Course curricula might explore philosophical insights and their interpretations, in addition to concepts such as:

  • Life cycle rituals: Birth customs, bar and bat mitzvahs, marriage ceremonies, and funeral observances

  • Major holidays: Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hanukkah, and Purim

  • Religious interpretations: Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist Judaism

  • Dietary laws: Rules that dictate which foods may be eaten and how they should be prepared

Are you ready to start learning? Explore the range of educational opportunities offered through edX. ‌Sign up for an accelerated boot camp or enroll in a full degree program and start working toward a bachelor's degree or (for more advanced learners) a master’s degree in a relevant subject. You can also explore executive education programs specifically designed for busy professionals.

Explore jobs related to Judaism

While a background in Judaism on its own may not be enough to qualify for a career, when paired with complementary skills and knowledge, you can open doors to a wide range of professional opportunities.

There are many industries and roles that can benefit from an education in Judaism, including:

  • Historian: Conducts research, writes papers, and contributes to academic understanding of groups and communities, which may include Jewish history.Footnote 1

  • Lawyer: May handle cases involving religious freedom, discrimination, or cultural sensitivity that rely on their understanding of Judaism's legal and ethical principles.Footnote 2

  • Chef: May be tasked with creating or serving kosher food, which requires an understanding of the dietary laws and practices associated with Judaism.Footnote 3

  • Academic advisor: Guides Jewish students in exploring courses related to their faith, as well as offers support during religious holidays.Footnote 4

  • Social worker: Works with diverse populations, including Jewish clients, who may seek support from professionals who understand their religious background.Footnote 5

Each of these roles will have different education and skills requirements. For example, you may be able to build relevant skills in a boot camp. However, some employers may seek candidates with a specialized degree, depending on the role. Before deciding on a specific learning path, research the positions you hope to pursue and align your coursework with your career goals.