Jewish Studies : Courses

HEB 101 Elementary Modern Hebrew 1

Credits: 5
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The beginning course of Modern Israeli Hebrew. Essentials of grammar, syntax and conversational practice; elementary reading and writing. Note: Students with other previous experience in Hebrew must take a placement exam.

HEB 102 Elementary Modern Hebrew 2

Credits: 5
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisite: HEB 101
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The continuation of Hebrew 101. Note: Students with other previous experience in Hebrew must take a placement exam.

HEB 201 Intermediate Hebrew 1

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisite: HEB 102
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Further development of language skills: listening comprehension, oral efficiency, intermediate grammar and syntax, reading and writing. Note: Students with other previous expereince in Hebrew must take a placement exam.

HEB 202 Intermediate Hebrew 2

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisite: HEB 201
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
A continuation of Hebrew 201. Note: Students with other previous experience in Hebrew must take a placement exam.

JDS 101 Introduction to Jewish History

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Major political, social, and theological trends in Jewish history, from the formation of ancient Israel until the present day.

JDS 103 Introduction to Judaism

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Survey of Judaism and the rich Jewish legacy: basic philosophical, theological, social, and political values and practices of Judaism as they developed over time in a variety of social and political environments.

JDS 111 Great Jewish Books

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces and analyzes great works of Jewish literature from ancient to modern times: the Bible, Talmud; Guide for the Perplexed; Kuzari; poetry of the Golden Age in Spain; the great moderns.

JDS 112 Women in the Jewish Family

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Comparative contemporary social and psychological studies of women intermingle with rabbinic ones in an endeavor to bring into sharper focus women's status, social roles, behavior, and impact on Jewish life; the Jewish woman in historical perspective, drawing upon oriental, European, and modern American societies as well as contemporary Feminist perspectives.

JDS 141 Introduction to Yiddish I

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Students acquire the fundamentals of the sound system of Yiddish structure and basic reading and writing skills.

JDS 142 Introduction to Yiddish II

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Second semester of introductory course.

JDS 201 Israel and the Ancient Near East

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
People of the Bible; the environment in which they lived; what they absorbed and rejected from Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, Iran, Egypt. How to critically read ancient texts in comparative contexts.

JDS 202 Israel and the Emergence of Judaism

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Post-biblical Jews and Judaism; their adaptation to Greco-Roman life; rise of Jewish sectarianism; writing of the Talmud. How to critically read ancient texts in comparative contexts.

JDS 204 Seminar in Jewish Ethics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Ethical principles of Judaism: love, justice, holiness, freedom of will, dignity of humans, relative and final purpose, imitatio dei, family life, education, social welfare, race, justice, and ecology.

JDS 205 Historical Geography and Archaeology of Israel

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Methods and results of excavation in Israel; development of material culture (pottery, architecture, and so forth) and its interpretation.

JDS 206 Chassidic Philosophy

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Historical context and causes of the rise of the Chassidic movement and specific Chassidic sects in modern Eastern Europe. Basic concepts and practices as revised and interpreted by Chassidic leaders.

JDS 207 Women in Jewish Society

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Status of women in the structure of rabbinic law. Emphasizes the variety of stresses, both legal and social, placed on Jewish women from ancient times to the contemporary world. Jewish Feminist perspectives and alternatives.

JDS 209 Women in Jewish Literature

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Woman's role in classical Jewish literature, from the Five Books of Moses to the Chronicles, Song of Songs, and the books of Ruth and Esther. Women as portrayed in Talmud and Midrash.

JDS 210 Introduction to the Old Testament

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Critical, thematic, historic, and literary study of the roots of Judeo-Christian tradition as recorded in the writings of ancient Israel; different methods of biblical criticism.

JDS 212 Special Topics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.
Topics vary by semester.

JDS 214 The American Jewish Woman

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Relationships and conflicts that shaped the identity of the American Jewish woman: Jewish women and the American women's rights movement; immigrant Jewish women and labor activism; impact of feminism on Judaism.

JDS 225 Modern Jewish Thought

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Religious diversity in modern Judaism, from Mendelssohn to Rosenzweig, Buber, Heschel, Kaplan and Levinas. Varieties of faith and practice as reflections of changing historical and theological perspectives. The impact of science, the Holocaust, the creation of the State of Israel.

JDS 229 The Jew in Medieval Times

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Jewish poets, philosophers, mathematicians, bankers, traders in medieval Christian and Islamic contexts.

JDS 230 Modern Jewish History

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Jewish experience from the late 18th century to the present day; Western and Eastern European Jewry; ethnic origins and backgrounds of contemporary Jewry in the United States, Canada, and Israel.

JDS 235 The American Jewish Experience

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
American Jewish life from colonial beginnings to the present: immigration; assimilation; social mobility; education and the family; group identity.

JDS 237 History of Israel and Zionism

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Development of the Zionist idea from its ancient and rabbinic origins to its modern political implementation; Israel and its historic purpose; modern Zionist leaders and their conflicting visions of the State of Israel.

JDS 250 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Reading and understanding the Hebrew Bible without recourse to complicated grammatical exegeses; stresses fundamentals, not the problems of the language.

JDS 253 Ethics of the Jewish Bible

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examination of ethical interpretations of key biblical events: "fall" of Adam; fratricide (Cain and Abel), Tower of Babel, Flood, the lives of the Patriarchs/Matriarchs, Golden Calf, etc., with a view to understanding the meaning of good and evil, sin and faithfulness, the permitted and the forbidden, justice and injustice. What is "prophetic morality"? What is the ethical dialectic between the Oral and Written Torah?

JDS 254 Rashi's Commentaries on the Bible

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Who was the great 11th century French Jewish scholar Rabbi Solomon ben Isaac ("Rashi")? What did he accomplish? Why is his Torah commentary considered absolutely essential to the Jewish reading of the Bible? Comparison of his hermeneutics to those of others great Torah commentators such as Ibn Ezra, Nachmanides, the Kimchis.

JDS 260 Midrash: Rabbinic Exegesis

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examination of the creative literary devices and novel interpretations of Biblical and extra-Biblical narratives by later rabbinic scholars. What are the rabbis trying to accomplish?

JDS 261 Responsa Literature

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Survey of the Responsa literature through which authoritative rabbis answer every day life questions and that began in the post-Talmudic period and has continued to flourish until the present. On what basis are answers formulated? What gives authority to the answers? Selected examples to be examined in detail.

JDS 262 Topics in Hebrew Language and Literature

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.
Hebrew grammar or that of other Semitic languages (not Arabic) and reading of various periods' literary texts in the original tongue.

JDS 265 Readings in the Hebrew Bible

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Readings of selected biblical literature in original Hebrew.

JDS 267 Wisdom Literature in the Hebrew Bible

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Selections from the books of Proverbs and Psalms in Hebrew illustrating the styles of this type of didactic literature, Hebrew Bible, and poetry.

JDS 280 Jewish Mysticism

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Origins and development of Kabbalah. Kabbalist readings of Creation, the soul, reincarnation, attachment to the divine. Role of "mysticism" in Jewish religion and community life.

JDS 283 The Holocaust and Jewish Law

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Full range of legal and ethical problems posed during the Holocaust and certain precedent-setting decisions set down in the Responsa literature.

JDS 284 Israel and Jewish Law

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces a full range of legal, ethical, and theological issues that surround the status of biblical and Talmudic Israel; legal and theological questions that emerge and reemerge at the establishment of a modern Jewish state.

JDS 296 Jewish Business Ethics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
History and development of Jewish business law and ethics; comparative study of Jewish and American law relating to business and economic issues.

JDS 304 Mesopotamian Archaeology

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Studies the masterpieces of the architecture, painting, and sculpture of the societies that lived in the Tigris and Euphrates Valleys until the era of the Persian Empire.

JDS 306 Special Topics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.
Topics vary by semester.

JDS 382 Topics in Talmudic Law

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Specialized studies of how specific Jewish laws developed and their relationship to the larger context of civil and ritual law in Judaism.

JDS 384 Maimonides: His Life and Works

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Considered the greatest Jewish philosopher of all time, this course will examine Maimonides? philosophy, comparing it to contemporary Islamic philosophy and Aristotle. Texts include selections from Mishnah Torah, Guide of the Perplexed, and Thirteen Principles of Faith.

JDS 385 Maimonides: the Guide for the Perplexed

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Close reading of Maimonides?s most philosophical text to examine fundamental issues of Judaism and religion more generally.

JDS 396 Jewish Medical Ethics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Jewish moral, ethical, and religious principles in medical practice: use of Jewish legal response to abortion; definition of death; euthanasia; contraception; artificial insemination; circumcision; organ transplants; sex changes; religious observations in the hospital, etc.

JDS 399 Redemption in Jewish Thought

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
A survey of various conceptions of Redemption, in contrast to personal salvation or purely secular utopianism, as the central purpose of Judaism.

JDS 401 Aspects of American Jewish History

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Selected topics in American Jewish history, from colonial to mid-nineteenth century German-Jewish immigration to later East European immigration; formation of American Judaisms; impact of America on Jews and Jews on America.

JDS 402 Jewish Law in Development

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Historical, sociological, and legal concerns in early and later rabbinic literature; how Jewish life and thought relate to trends in legal interpretation though the centuries.

JDS 426 Special Topics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.
Topics vary by semester.

JDS 455 Special Topics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.
Topics vary by semester.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:32 EST