Introduction to the basic concepts, beliefs and practices of Judaism as expressed through its classic literature. This course integrates an examination of Jewish ritual and practice with an understanding of Jewish history, theology, and text, just as Jewish ritual itself incorporates these elements into Jewish life. Topics covered bythe course include the challenges posed by modernity for contemporary Jews, the impact of internal and external forces on Judaism, unity andvariety within Judaism, and how to read a Jewish text. Most importantly, the study of Judaism diversifies one's understanding of religion as a category of thought and experience. In addition tothe lecture/discussion portion of the course, students must also participate in a complementary seminar analyzing theoretical approaches to the study of Judaism. Students are expected to make a 20 minute lecture/presentation for the undergraduate students and write a 10-15 page research paper.
Fall 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2017