Rabbinical Studies

Rabbinical studies are intensive programs in the study of the laws, philosophy, ethics and history of Judaism. Continue reading to find out more about rabbinical educational programs and related career options.

Inside Rabbinical Studies

Programs in rabbinical studies are typically offered by Jewish colleges or seminaries. Usually, schools design their programs around specific denominational teachings, such as Orthodox, Conservative or Reform Judaism. However, a few nondenominational programs are available. Rabbinical programs often allow students to specialize in specific areas of religious study, such as pastorship, religious education, Jewish music or community service.

Education Information

Rabbinical studies are often offered at the graduate level. Most programs run 5-6 years and often include semesters of study in Israel. Coursework can include study in the Talmud, the Torah, education, sociology and Jewish law. Students specializing in pastoral studies may complete internships in a congregational, hospital or military chaplaincy. Those focusing on community service can become involved with urban outreach programs, youth camps or counseling centers. These are a few of the instructional options for aspiring rabbinical students:

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