Courses for Fall 2015

  • Difficult Relations? Judaism and Christianity from the Middle Ages until the Present

    Jewish and Christian identity in Europe has traditionally been closely connected to the ways the two religions view each other. Mutual admiration, influence, and hatred have combined together in a difficult relationship, fundamental to European history. In this course, we will survey that relationship, examining some key issues and events which shaped it. The Jews' attitudes and actions will be examined alongside those of their Christian neighbors. Topics covered include: medieval revulsion and attraction; early modern re-evaluations of Judaism and Christianity; modern Christian anti-Semitism, Jewish diplomacy, and the Holocaust; the effects of Vatican II; Israel and the contemporary Christian world. FYS LILE WRIT DPLL
    JUDS 0050M S01
    Primary Instructor
    Teller
  • Death and Afterlife in the Biblical Tradition (RELS 0090J)

    Interested students must register for RELS 0090J (CRN 15874).
  • Introduction to Biblical Hebrew

    An intensive introduction to the fundamentals of biblical Hebrew grammar and vocabulary intended to prepare students to read biblical texts in the original language. For students with little or no prior knowledge of Hebrew.
    JUDS 0090A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Olyan
  • Elementary Hebrew

    An introduction to the skills of reading, writing, and conversing in contemporary Israeli Hebrew. Students also read Hebrew texts adapted for their level of Hebrew based on biblical, rabbinic, and modern Hebrew literature, which introduce them to the approaches of Hebrew writers in various periods and to a variety of cultural issues. If registration is closed, please contact the professor and a wait list will be created. This is the first half of a year-long course whose first semester grade is normally a temporary one. Neither semester may be elected independently without special permission. Enrollment limited to 20.
    JUDS 0100 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Adler Ben Yehuda
  • Intermediate Hebrew

    Develops the skills of reading, writing, and conversing in contemporary Israeli Hebrew at the intermediate level and of reading Hebrew texts of the biblical, rabbinic, and modern periods (biblical stories, rabbinic legends, modern Hebrew poems, stories, essays, newspaper articles). Discussions and compositions focus on the psychological, cultural, political, and social issues reflected in the Hebrew sources that we study. Prerequisite: JUDS 0200 or equivalent. Enrollment limited to 20. If unable to enroll because of closed registration, please contact the professor and a wait list will be created.
    JUDS 0300 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Adler Ben Yehuda
  • Writing and Speaking Hebrew

    Enables students to improve their skills in speaking and writing Hebrew on a variety of topics. Features advanced work on language structure and active language practice in the classroom. Class discussions of Israeli current events draw on Israeli stories, poems, television programs, and films and on the Israeli press. Students also compose essays and stories in Hebrew. Prerequisite: JUDS 0400 or equivalent. Enrollment limited to 20.
    JUDS 0500 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Adler Ben Yehuda
  • Wealth: Religious Perspectives (RELS 0025)

    Interested students must register for RELS 0025 (CRN 15990).
  • Great Jewish Books

    A survey of classic Jewish texts, from the Bible to modern literature. Each text will be discussed from the perspective of both its own historical and social context and its engagement with earlier ones. Attention will be paid on how these authors address perennial issues of human concern and how their answers are shaped by their experience as Jews. DPLL LILE WRIT
    JUDS 0681 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Satlow
  • God and Poetry

    Throughout recorded history, poetry has expressed a variety of religious experiences. In this seminar we will read selections from biblical psalms, the biblical book of Job, and contemporary Christian and Jewish poetry, and explore how the language of poetry can serve as a means to convey the nature of relations between humanity and God. We will also seek to understand the underlying universal human psychological experiences reflected in the poems and how religiosity provides a framework for people to deal with those experiences. In our discussion of the contemporary Christian and Jewish poems, we will seek to understand the attempt of the poet to write about religious experience in a secular age. Students with a variety of cultural backgrounds and religious orientations (believers, agnostics, and atheists) are welcome. Enrollment limited to 20.
    JUDS 0820 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Jacobson
  • Russian Jewish Literature and Film (RUSS 1900)

    Interested students must register for RUSS 1900 (CRN 16845).
  • Prophets and Priests in Exile: Biblical Literature of the 6th Century BCE

    The exile of Judah's elite to Babylon elicited profound and conflicting literary responses. We will undertake a literary and historical analysis of a number of the most important works produced in response to the crisis of exile, including Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Second Isaiah, Lamentations, Psalm 137, the Priestly Writing, and the work of the exilic deuteronomists. Enrollment limited to 20.
    JUDS 1690 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Olyan
  • Jews and Revolutions in the 20th Century

    The 20th century was an age of revolutions, both political and social, in which Jews played pivotal roles. The student uprisings of the 1960s, the Feminist revolution, and the rise of the LGTBQ movement were crucial moments of change in the development of the western world. We will discuss the Jews' roles in all these revolutionary movements, as well as in the great political revolutions of the time. WRIT DPLL LILE
    JUDS 1701 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Rojanski
  • History of the State of Israel: 1948 to the Present

    This course surveys the history of Israel from its Proclamation of Independence in 1948 until today. Israel's history has unfolded under the shadow of its prolonged conflict with the Palestinians and its Arab neighbors. At the same time, an entirely new, vibrant and dynamic society and culture has developed there. This course aims to familiarize the student with the major outlines of Israel's development, and with different narratives and interpretations of that history. The reading materials and class discussions will examine not only the Arab-Israeli conflict, but also its influence on Israeli politics, society and culture. WRIT
    JUDS 1711 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Rojanski
  • Holocaust Literature

    Readings in works of prose and poetry by victims and survivors of the Holocaust that portray experiences in ghettos, in concentration camps, and in hiding. Additional readings in works of the post-war era by survivors and their offspring. Discussion of the moral, psychological, religious, and cultural dimensions of the Holocaust and its ongoing impact on humanity. WRIT
    JUDS 1820 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Jacobson
  • Individual Study Projects

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please see Banner for the correct course reference number (CRN) to use when registering for this course.
    JUDS 1970 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Brink-Danan
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    JUDS 1970 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Teller
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    JUDS 1970 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Jacobson
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    JUDS 1970 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Kraemer
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    JUDS 1970 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Mandel
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    JUDS 1970 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Olyan
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    JUDS 1970 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Satlow
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    JUDS 1970 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Vieira
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    JUDS 1970 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Rojanski
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research