Prerequisites: RCC*. No background in Jewish Studies or Hebrew Language is required for this course. The Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy), as interpreted and codified by Jewish scholars over the centuries, provides the foundation for laws and a legal system that permits this ancient source to present viable solutions to twenty-first century issues including abortion, homosexuality, cloning and end-of-life decisions as well as selected core curriculum subjects. This course compares Judaic law to modern American law with a focus on both differences and how Judaic law solutions parallel or preceded American law. In lieu of a written examination, each student submits a paper on a topic selected by the student with the approval of the professor. Satisfactory completion of the course will satisfy the upper level writing and perspective elective requirements.