Jewish Studies Courses 2018-19

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Eligible Jewish Studies Courses 2018-19

Eligible 1000 Level Courses

HEBREW 1030 - HEBREW 1

A course in oral and written modern Hebrew for students with rudimentary knowledge of the language. Prepares students for direct progression to Hebrew 2200 Hebrew 2. Antirequisite(s): Grade 12 University-preparatory Hebrew, or equivalent level of secondary study.

Term Location Instructor Day/Time
Fall/Winter Huron Ishai Tuesday and Thursday 8:30-10:30AM
Fall/Winter Huron Ishai Tuesday and Thursday 2:30-4:30PM

 

HEBREW 1040A - INTRODUCTN TO BIBLICAL HEBREW

An introduction to the writing system and grammar of Biblical Hebrew for those with no previous knowledge of the language. Special attention will be paid to the noun, adjective, and participle. Antirequisite(s): Hebrew 1030 or Grade 4 Hebrew (or Grade 2 in Israel).

Term Location Instructor Day/Time
Fall Huron Meyer Tuesday 2:30-4:30PM Friday 11:30AM-1:30PM

 

HEBREW 1041B - INTRO TO BIBLICAL HEBREW II

Continuation of Hebrew 1040A/B. An introduction to the grammar of Biblical Hebrew for those with little previous knowledge of the language. Special attention will be paid to forms of the verb. Antirequisite(s): Hebrew 1030 or Grade 6 Hebrew (or Grade 3 in Israel).

Term Location Instructor Day/Time
Fall/Winter Huron Meyer Tuesday and Friday 2:30-4:30PM

 

Eligible 2000 Level Courses

RELSTUD 2163B - "AN EYE FOR AN EYE"

How similar are biblical ideas of crime and punishment to our own? We cover topics like vengeance, blood feud, ordeal, and collective punishment alongside more familiar issues such as courtroom

procedure, rules of evidence, and remedies for wrongful judgments. Do ancient, biblical approaches to crime and punishment remain relevant today? Antirequisite(s): The former Religious Studies 3170F/G.

Term Location Instructor Day/Time
Fall/Winter Kings Halberstam Thursday 2:30-5:30PM

 

HEBREW 2200 - HEBREW 2

This course is designed to build upon skills in reading and speaking modern Hebrew, developed in earlier courses. Students will gain increased vocabulary, and a greater understanding of more complex grammatical structures.

Term Location Instructor Day/Time
Fall/Winter Huron Ishai Tuesday and Thursday 11:30AM-1:30PM

 

RELSTUD 2204F - WORLD RELIGNS:JUDAISM & ISLAM

A study of the history, faith and practices of Judaism and Islam. Antirequisite(s): Religious Studies 2130.

Term Location Instructor Day/Time
Fall Kings Hegedus Tuesday and Thursday 4:00-5:30PM

 

FRENCH 2211F - HOLOCAUST & LITERATURE

This course will examine descriptions of life during the Holocaust in a few essential testimonial texts, with a particular focus on the ways in which individuals react to extraordinary circumstances and interact with one another in a changed society. All readings and discussions in this course are in English.

Term Location Instructor Day/Time
Fall Main Campus Goldschlager Wednesday 3:30-5:30PM

 

RELSTUD 2347G - LIVING THE BIBLE

Is it really possible to live according to biblical commandments? An exploration of biblical legal texts and early Jewish methods for transforming them into workable systems of law and ethics in the Mishnah and Talmuds. Focuses on questions of what makes legal interpretation valid and differentiating law from morality.

Term Location Instructor Day/Time
Winter Kings Halberstam Monday 2:30-3:30PM

 

RELSTUD 2420B - INTRO TO THE HEBREW BIBLE

This course will introduce students to the texts of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, paying particular attention to the historical and cultural environment of the ancient Israelites. The course will cover major texts from the Torah, historical books, prophetic books, and wisdom literature. Antirequisite(s): Biblical Studies 5120A/B, the former Religious Studies 2400F/G, the former Religious Studies 2410F/G.

Term Location Instructor Day/Time
Winter Huron Lemos Wednesday 9:30-10:30AM Friday 9:30-11:30AM

 

PHILOSOP 2665G - INTRO JEWISH PHILOSOPHY I

Topics include biblical and rabbinic texts as materials for philosophical exegesis -- the creation of the universe out of nothing, divine commands and moral requirements, freedom of the will, God's mysterious justice; Neoplatonism; Islamic influence on medieval Jewish thought; Maimonides and Jewish Aristotelianism; the Spanish conservative reaction; the Italian classical revival.

Term Location Instructor Day/Time
Winter Huron Conter Monday 2:30-3:30PM Wednesday 3:30-5:30PM

 

HISTORY 2822G - JEWISH HISTORY FROM 1492

This course introduces students to the major events, figures, and themes of Jewish history from the Spanish Expulsion to the post-WWII era, including the Enlightenment and Emancipation, Zionism, the Holocaust, and the foundation of Israel. Antirequisite(s): The former History 2809E, the former History 2815E.

Term Location Instructor Day/Time
Winter Main Campus Priestman Tuesday 9:30-11:30AM

 

Eligible 3000 Level Courses

RELSTUD 3030G - ANGRY GOD: THE BIBLE AND WAR

Do Holy Scriptures promote bloodshed? This class will examine biblical conceptions of warfare and violence, as well as the ancient Near Eastern background for these conceptions. Topics will include holy war, genocide, body mutilation, apocalypticism, and later uses of biblical texts in political discourse.

Term Location Instructor Day/Time
Winter Huron Lemos Tuesday 2:30-5:30PM

 

HISTORY 3427E - THE HOLOCAUST

This course explores the evolution of the "Final Solution of the Jewish Question" in the broader context of German and Jewish history and anti-Semitic ideologies. The Holocaust is analyzed from the perspective of the perpetrators, victims and bystanders. The ultimate goal is to enable students to understand how and why the Holocaust happened.

Term Location Instructor Day/Time
Fall/Winter Main Campus Priestman Monday 6:30-9:30PM

 

RELSTUD 3450G - JUDAISM AND THE HOLOCAUST

The impact of the Holocaust (1938-45) on Judaism in terms of its philosophy-theology, subsequent placement in Western society, and on Western and Global society. Students will examine the historical-social context of anti-Semitism/National Socialism as well as investigating Jewish responses in theology, philosophy and socio-political identity after the Holocaust.

Term Location Instructor Day/Time
Winter Huron Marks Wednesday 3:30-6:30PM

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