Formal study of Jewish Philosophy at Ma’ayanot includes a required full-year course in Jewish Philosophy in 11th grade, in which students are exposed to basic issues, key thinkers, and important texts that are integral to our philosophical tradition. Some topics that are studied include Faith and Reason, Free Will, Ethics, Theodicy, Miracles, and Modern Orthodoxy. In studying the works of classical and modern thinkers, the students are also encouraged to explore their own beliefs and assumptions, grappling with difficult philosophical questions in a supportive environment and integrating the ideas that they learn into their own avodat Hashem.
In addition, Jewish thought is integrated into lessons and activities in areas beyond the formal Jewish Philosophy curriculum. We seek opportunities inside and outside the classroom to raise important hashkafic issues and questions and, above all, to encourage our students to ask the questions that allow for the growth of an informed and profound commitment to Torah. Philosophical texts are integrated into Torah study wherever appropriate and relevant. Yemei Iyun, as well as Shabbatonim and special mishmarim throughout the year, touch on themes related to developing a meaningful, thoughtful spiritual life.