Would the academic study of Judaism such as a typical bible studies course taught in a Jewish Studies department at a University qualify as torah study? I am curious about this both halachicly - would one fulfill the halachic obligation to study torah with this study? As well as hashkaficly, would such study be of equal value to traditional torah study?

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    Wouldn't it just depend on what is being taught? "Academic Jewish studies" isn't a category recognized by Halakha that you can expect Halakha to have addressed it. – Double AA Feb 28 '18 at 15:39
  • Do university Jewish Studies departments actually teach from a Jewish perspective, or do they study Judaism "clinically' from the outside? – Monica Cellio Feb 28 '18 at 16:46
  • I doubt you can get tenure in any Jewish Studies department unless you accept and teach the so-called "Documentary Hypothesis". So I would answer no. However, it is better than nothing, because it can get you started studying on your own. – Maurice Mizrahi Feb 28 '18 at 18:36

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