Courses for Spring 2014

  • Readings in Biblical Hebrew

    An introduction to the reading of biblical texts in Hebrew. Reading of selected texts from narrative, law, and poetry in the Hebrew Bible, with a few texts in post-classical Hebrew (the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Mishnah) introduced late in the semester. Intended for students who have completed JUDS 0090A; others should consult the instructor.
    JUDS 0090B S01
    Primary Instructor
    Sonia
  • Elementary Hebrew

    This is the second half of a year-long course, 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. Prerequisite: JUDS 0100. Students must have taken JUDS 0100 for credit to receive credit for this course. Exceptions must be approved by both the academic department and the Committee on Academic Standing. Enrollment limited to 20.
    JUDS 0200 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 0300 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 0400 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Adler Ben Yehuda
  • War and Peace in the Hebrew Bible and its Environment

    An examination of the role of war and peace in the Hebrew Bible and in texts and art of ancient Israel’s neighbors. Topics include divine beings, war and peace-making; peace treaties; explaining defeat and victory; ideologies of warfare; the treatment of prisoners, corpses and captured bones; the warrior as masculine ideal; civil war and coups; treaty obligations; ritual dimensions of war and peace (e.g., mourning, animal sacrifice, child sacrifice, divination, memorializing war); visual representations of war as propaganda; the idea of a future, eschatological war between the forces of good and the forces of evil. No prerequisites. WRIT.
    JUDS 0670 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Allgood
  • Becoming French: Minorities and the Challenges of Integration in the French Republic (HIST 0980B)

    Interested students must register for HIST 0980B (CRN 24001).
  • The Archaeology of Jerusalem: From the Origins to the Ottomans

    Jerusalem has earned a special eminence among the famed ancient cities of the world. Its sanctity to Jews, Christians, and Moslems has made the city a focus of discussions and controversies regarding the evolving and changing identities throughout its long urban history. More than 1700 archaeological excavations and surveys in and around the Old City have been conducted over the last 150 years. In this seminar we will examine the material remains of the city from the beginnings in the Chalcolithic period through the end of the Ottoman period in 1917 CE. The contemporary literary sources as well as the more recent scholarly debates and discoveries help us understand the material remains of the relevant periods.
    JUDS 1610 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Galor
  • The Talmud

    Written from the first - seventh centuries CE, the Talmud (which runs to 20 volumes) contains law, lore, theological speculation, and complex argumentation. We will read a selection in depth and examine both traditional and modern critical (e.g. historical and literary) approaches to this fundamental text. No prerequisites; all texts in English translation. Enrollment limited to 20. DVPS LILE WRIT
    JUDS 1630 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Satlow
  • Philo (RELS 1130)

    Interested students must register for RELS 1130 (CRN 24019).
  • Antisemitism and Islamophobia

    Hostility towards Jews in Europe has raised fears that a new form of antisemitism is on the rise in a continent long troubled by such racism. Others question both the "newness" of this phenomenon and the level of threat it poses, arguing that it is the continent's Muslim population that faces the greatest adversity. This course will explore debates over this issue by placing them in a wider historical and comparative context. Through examining Christian Europe's relationship to the Jewish and Muslim "other" over time, it will consider how projects of exclusion have overlapped and diverged over the centuries. Enrollment limited to 40. DVPS LILE
    JUDS 1710 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Mandel
  • 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
  • Introduction to Yiddish Culture and Language

    Yiddish was the language spoken by most Jews in Eastern Europe and the countries to which they emigrated (including the U.S., England, South Africa, South American countries, and Israel) from the nineteenth century until after the Holocaust. It was the basis for a transnational Jewish culture and literature, and it played a central role in modern Jewish political life. We will explore the history of Yiddish culture and the development of the Yiddish press, literature, and cinema. The connection between Yiddish and modern Jewish politics will also be discussed. Students in the course will also have the opportunity to develop a basic knowledge of the Yiddish language.
    JUDS 1713 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Rojanski
  • Kabbalah: Jews, Mysticism, and Magic

    What are the relationships between Man, God, and the World? Over the centuries, Jewish mystics have sought and found many different answers to this question. In doing so, they created new spiritual formations for Judaism to supplant rational philosophy as bearer of the truth about the Cosmos. We will examine the most important mystical texts produced by Jews to understand this crucial strand of Jewish - and Human - religious, spiritual, and cultural development. Among other books, we will read from the Zohar, Lurianic Kabbalah, the false messianic testimonies of the Sabbathean movement, Hasidism, and the thought of Martin Buber. Enrollment limited to 20. DVPS LILE
    JUDS 1740 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Teller
  • 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.
    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 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Brink-Danan
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    JUDS 1970 S03
    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