JEWISH STUDIES COURSES FALL 2016 This is a listing of Jewish Studies courses that will be taught in Fall 2016. The list includes both courses directly offered through Jewish Studies, with the JWST prefix, and those offered through other departments that Jewish Studies minors can take for minor credit. JWST 10300 / RLST 10300 Hebrew Scriptures LA HU Rebecca Lesses ICC course: Themes: Identities and Mind, Body, Spirit; Perspective: Humanities MWF 10:00-10:50 COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Hebrew Bible (referred to by Christians as the Old Testament) is one of the foundational books of both western and world culture, and serves as the basis for Judaism and Christianity. In this course, we will read the books of the Bible critically as literature, as religious and moral text, and as a source of sociological knowledge. This course surveys the biblical literature, acquaints the students with critical methods for the study of the Bible, situates the Bible within the literature and culture of the ancient Near East, and discusses the religion of ancient Israel. We will deal with questions of history and archaeology, and with questions of meaning – what the biblical text meant to its ancient readers, and what meanings it has today. All texts will be read in English translation. This course is offered both as JWST 10300 and RLST 10300 – register for one or the other course, not both. No prerequisites. 3 credits. JWST 20100 / HIST 20400 Jews in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds LA HU Rebecca Lesses Tuesday/Thursday 2:35-3:50 ICC application for designations as an Identities and Power and Justice course is being submitted This course is an introduction to Jewish history and the varieties of Jewish cultures and religious traditions in the ancient and medieval worlds. We will explore Jewish history from the period of the Second Temple (sixth century B.C.E.) to the Expulsion from Spain in 1492. The first part of the course will cover ancient Jewish culture and civilization in Palestine, the Mediterranean basin, and Mesopotamia, exploring such issues as Jewish responses to foreign domination (by the Persian, Greek, and Roman empires), Jews and other cultures (Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Persian), Judaism and Christianity, the rise of rabbinic Judaism and rabbinic culture. In the second part of the course, we will discuss the development of Jewish civilization in Spain, Italy, and northern Europe, Jews under Islamic rule, Jews under Christian rule, medieval Jewish philosophy and mysticism, medieval anti-semitism and expulsions from Western Europe and Spain. This course is offered both as JWST 20100 and HIST 20400 – register for one or the other course, not both. Prerequisites: one course in social sciences or humanities or permission of instructor. 3 credits. JWST 27501 Outsiders as Insiders: Strange Cultures of American Judaism LA SS Jonathan Jackson MWF 2:00-2:50 ICC application for designation as a Diversity course is being submitted In this course, we explore the varied and sometimes strange cultural forms of Judaism as an American religion. Our guiding question is as follows: How do various communities and individuals within American Jewry balance the needs of assimilation with the demands of inherited ideas of who and how Jews should properly be? The first pole, assimilation, is the demand that cultural outsiders such as Jews participate in the "melting pot model" of a multi-cultural society. It contains ideas such as: immigration, racial politics, the secular public domain, and acceptable forms of religious ritual and practice. The second pole, authenticity, deals with the fascinating realm of cultural memory and interpretation. Ideas that it encompasses include: how Jews negotiate need to be different, strange, unique—contrary to the demands of assimilation--and thereby true to remembered cultural roots. This push-and-pull system produces fascinating contradictions and new cultural forms for individuals and their communities. Prerequisites: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. 3 credits. HEBR 10100 Elementary Hebrew Mirit Hadar MWF 10:00-10:50 Beginning course. Practice in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing simple idiomatic Hebrew. Emphasis is placed on culture, participation, and self-expression. Open to students with no previous Hebrew, or by placement examination. 3 credits HEBR 20100 Intermediate Hebrew Mirit Hadar MWF 11:00-11:50 Develops intermediate-level proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing Hebrew. Special emphasis is given to Hebrew culture. Prerequisites: HEBR 10200 with a grade of C- or better. 3 credits. POLT 23000 Holocaust Don Beachler Tuesday/Thursday 4:00-5:15 This course is an introductory survey of major issues related to the Holocaust. We will examine the role of anti-Semitism in Western Culture and the rise of the racial anti-Semitism that animated Nazi hatred of the Jews. Among the topics to be covered are: The rise of Hitler to power; the initial policies of persecution and dispossession of the Jews and Jewish responses to these policies; the evolution of Nazi policy from expulsion of the Jews to extermination; the role of Jewish community leadership in attempting to cope with a murderous onslaught by establishing Jews in vital industries; the cooperation of many German bureaucrats in the final solution; the relationship of the Holocaust to the Nazis’ overall racial views and their war of racial supremacy in eastern Europe; the ongoing controversy over whether more Jews could have been rescued by the nations opposing Hitler and his regime. 3 credits. ICSM 10500-28 Jerusalem: City of Faith, City of Struggle Rebecca Lesses Tuesday/Thursday 4:00-5:15 Course is limited to first year students What does it mean to live in a divided city? This course focuses on contemporary Jerusalem, using films, short stories, memoirs, poetry, and analytical articles to explore the experiences of the city’s people today. The course will investigate what it means to live in a city divided along religious, ethnic, and national lines: between Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs, and between and among the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religious communities. The course will address how the wars of the twentieth century have affected the lives of all who live in the city, especially the 1948 war, which divided the city between Israeli and Jordanian control, and the 1967 war, which united the city under Israeli rule. The course will also address the political issues of occupation, annexation, and settlement from both the Palestinian and Israeli perspectives. As a final project, students will investigate any of the various aspects of life in Jerusalem that interest them, including, if they wish formulating their own proposal for the final status of Jerusalem within a political agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. No prerequisites. 4 credits.