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10 Great Texts
Dr. Reuven Firestone

Abraham, One Father – Two Stories:
Jewish and Islamic Interpretations
of Abraham's Visit to Ishmael

Welcome to the course homepage for 10 Great Texts with Reuven Firestone!

From one of our most successful Alumni Study Programs, 10 Great Texts, produced by the HUC-JIR Departments of eLearning and Alumni Engagement. We are pleased to share this insightful learning resource with additional Alumni and with the larger community of adult learners as we release the entire series over the next nine months. Please note that some of the PDF resources may have date and segment numbers that no longer apply (e.g., Session 6).

There are four study elements in this program:

In Part One you will access a video presentation with our scholar and download written background material to set the context for what you will be studying.

For Part Two we encourage you to find a chevruta or small group study, grapple with the actual text and address the questions and/or activity provided by our scholar.

In Part Three our scholar will share his/her analysis and understanding of the text.

In Part Four you will be able to access special educational materials that can be used with this text. These guides/lesson plans are being created by our educational team for use in adult study and/or teenage or confirmation-type settings.

Part 1

  1. Read Introduction/background materials.
  2. Watch the following two videos with Reuven Firestone:


Part 2

  1. Download Part 2's texts:
  2. Work with your Chevruta or study group.

Part 3

    1. Download Reuven Firestone's reflection

  1. Watch interview/conversation with Reuven’s colleague, Dafer M. Dakhil, Director, Omar Ibn Al Khattab Foundation.

Part 4

These educational materials are designed for adult and/or teen study and can always be adapted and adjusted for your personal setting and teaching goals.
Download the following Educational Resources.

These materials were developed by:
Julia Phillips Berger, RJE, MAJEJulia Phillips Berger, RJE, MAJE
RHSOE '00. Julia is an instructor in the Judaic Studies Department at the Univ. of Central Florida. She has worked with adults, teens and children in a wide variety of formal and informal settings in the Jewish community.

Deborah Niederman, RJE, MAJEDeborah Niederman, RJE, MAJE
RHSOE '93. Debbie currently serves as Coordinator of HUC-JIR Schools of Education Alumni Engagement and Coordinator of Induction and Retention for the Jim Joseph Education Initiative of HUC-JIR and works on special projects for the URJ's Department of Lifelong Jewish Learning.



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