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Religion 220: Introduction to Judaism
Helen Lee Turner, Associate Professor of Religion
Furman University
, Greenville, SC 29613
(helenlee.turner@furman.edu)

Topics and Assignments 2011:

**Assignments should be completed by class time on the date listed. 

Click here for current assignment.

Do Not Print this schedule.  It will be adjusted.  (It also includes a previous schedule, which was a TT class.)    

Snow day Monday, January 10

Snow day Wednesday, January 12

Class 1, Friday, January 14
Topic:  Introductions.  Who are the Jews?  Short video: "The Tribe"

Class 2, Wednesday, January 19
Topic:  Myths and History:  The Biblical Traditions
Assignment:  
1) Trepp, pp. xv.- 16  As with all assignments, in preparation for class read for the big ideas, not trying to memorize details--other than the following terms and Names.  You should be able to put terms/names listed in bold in a fill-in-the-blank answer and not just pick out of a multiple choice list. Terms/names:  aliyah xix, Torah 4, Gilgamesh Epic 5, Tanakh 6, yad 7, Tower of Babel 7,8, Noahide Laws (see note--you need not memorize the list) 8, Abraham, Isaac 11, 12, Jacob and Esau 12, 13, 14, Joseph, Rachel, Leah 14, 15
2) Raphael, pp. 1-12.  How are Jewish demographics changing?  Why is it difficult to define Jews and Judaism?  Are most Jews affiliated with synagogues? What are "modern Judaisms" and what is their relationship to the Enlightenment?  Which type of Jews are more likely to pray with their bodies as well as their minds and voices?  What types of things go on at a typical service?  How many main sections are there in a typical service?  No need for details now.  Shema 6, On what holidays are most Jews the most likely to attend services?  On the whole is synagogue worship across the US generally similar or different?  kippah or yarmulke 9. Jewish vs Judaic, Jewish vs Judaism 10, 
3) The Sabbath, among other things, celebrates creation.  Read Trepp, "Shabbat, the Sabbath," pp. 373-383.  Terms and Names: Shabbat 373, hallah 377, shabbat shalom, kiddush 378, havdalah 381 

Mythological Underpinnings--Creation, Patriarchs, and Exodus

Class 3, Friday, January 21
Topic: Creation and Redemption 
Assignment:  
1)  Review Trepp (numbers 1 and 3) assigned above and the related terms.  You will have another opportunity to show your knowledge.  
2)  "Shabbat as a Sanctuary in Time," Abraham Joshua Heschel Link  Look for main ideas only.  No terms.  
3)  A very brief reading from Heschel's Sabbath, Found on moodle.  Things to note: Sabbath is not an interlude.  Sabbath as a day of pleasure.  Mitzvah (pl. mitzvot)--you may need to google or use text index for this one.  Menuha.  Why angels have 6 wings.  Neshamah yeterah.  Function of repetition.  Coveting.  
4)  Beginning next week, if you have an excused absence, you may make arrangements ahead of time to do the quiz.  No make-ups, even for illness, except in extreme cases.  So, plan to be present and do well so that you have reserved points.  And remember, there will be dropped points that will help with bad days and unexpected absences.  If you had a planned excused absence this week, please discuss the situation with me.  

Class 4, Monday, January 24
Topic: Creation and Redemption 
Resource:  Noahide Laws:  Link

Assignment:  
1)  Review Heschel readings.  COME PREPARED TO DISCUSS HIS VIEW OF THE SABBATH.  
2)  Trepp, "Heschel," pp. 520-525, depth theology, fundamental insights are preconceptional, radical amazement.  How do the previous relate to the idea of the Sabbath seen in his book?  Pathos of God.  Covenant and Chosenness
3) 
Use ATLA to find the following article by Bernard Och, "Creation and Redemption: Towards a Theology of Creation."  In that article read the sections entitled "The Biblical Concept of Creation" and "Redemption as the Implementation of Creation" found on pages 227-230.  

Class 5, Wednesday, January 26
Topic:  The Patriarchs and the Exodus
Assignment:  
1)  Review and study terms (
8, Abraham, Isaac 11, 12, Jacob and Esau 12, 13, 14, Joseph, Rachel, Leah 14, 15) pages Terms and Names:  Moses (Note on p. 19 Trepp suggests that Moses was a monotheist.  Most scholars of this history will question that view.), Seder 16, Ramses II 17, YHWH 18, Sinai 18, mitzvot 19, Levi  and Leviticus 19, Numbers 20, Deuteronomy 21, Judges 21, Sh'ma (Shema) 22, 
2)
Read a review essay about a book on Abraham: "The Legacy of Abraham: He is beloved by Jews, Christians and Muslims. Can this bond stop them from hating one another?"  by David Van Biema.   Found at this link or also on moodle.  Read this article for the main ideas, but get a basic sense of how Abraham is used in each of the three traditions and of how Isaac is treated in later Judaism.  
3)  Click here and read this newspaper article about the Exodus story and what archaeologists think about the story's historicity. What are the main points of the article? What is your opinion?  How does the rabbi deal with what he sees as the fact that the biblical story of the exodus is not historically true?   

 Class 6, Friday, January 28
Topic:  The Exodus and the Development of a "Holy" People
Assignment:  
1) Review newspaper article in number 3 above.
2) 
Read
Trepp's discussion of the Passover and Shavout, pp. 386-397   As you read these accounts, think about the difference between these experiences and the Sabbath observance.  Terms and Names: Pesah 386, matzah 387, seder 388, Haggadah 388, afikomen 393 Shavuot, Ruth 
3)
Trepp, pp. 23-29  Terms and Names:  Nevi'im 23, Haftarah 24, Former Prophets 24, Joshua 24,  Saul 25, David 25, Solomon 26, Judah and Israel 26, Latter or Literary Prophets, 27  Amos 28, Hosea 29

Class 7, Monday, January 31
Topic:  Hebrews to Israelites to Jews
Assignment:  
1) Review
Trepp's discussion of Shavout, pp. 395-397   Read Raphael, pp. 27-35.  No quiz questions from this material, but use it to choose your holiday for the holiday essay.  Email your choice by 11:59 PM on Monday.  You should choose from the following list: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Chanukah, Passover. Purim, Shavout, Simchat Torah, Tisha B'Av.   There are other holidays, but these are the ones that are ok for reports.  

Class 8, Wednesday, February 2
Topic:  Hebrews to Israelites to Jews
Assignment:  
1) Study pp. 30-43 (including terms) again along with your class notes.  (I have put the date chart on moodle in case you missed the handout.)  Be able to give a round date to the era of Archaic religion and know the term archaic.  Know that the Assyrians conquered in the 8th c. BCE and the Baylonians in 6th century.  
2) Read the brief, but significant article by Mary Douglas, "The Abominations of Leviticus,"  from Purity and Danger.  It is posted on Moodle.  Note that almost 3 pages of the article are biblical texts.  No need for you to read these for detail.  Just get the flavor.  Note on the bottom of p. 55 the pairs of creation.  (Note: You will need to right click on the document as presented in moodle and rotate in order to be able to read it on line.) 

Class 9, Friday, February 4
Topic:  Era of the Second Temple
Assignment:  
1) 
Trepp, pp. 43-54 Terms and Names: Minor Prophets (no need to memorize list) 43, Obadiah and Jonah and Zechariah on issues related to conversion 43-45 and other references in this section, Elijah in Malichi 46, Ketuvim 47, Ezra and Nehemiah 47-51, Ruth 52,  Esther 53 Purim 53.  In these readings especially take notice of the big issues related to conversion and purity.  

Class 10, Monday, February 7
Topic:  Era of the Second Temple
Assignment:  
1) Read some brief background material on Hebrew Prophets.  Found on moodle.  

2)  Review Trepp, pp. 43-54 and related terms and Names: Minor Prophets (no need to memorize list) 43, Obadiah and Jonah and Zechariah on issues related to conversion 43-45 and other references in this section, Elijah in Malichi 46, Ketuvim 47, Ezra and Nehemiah 47-51, Ruth 52,  Esther 53 Purim 53.  In these readings especially take notice of the big issues related to conversion and purity.  
3) material  on "non-Jews and Outreach," in Raphael, pp. 104-112  What are the different views on conversion, especially as it relates to intermarriage. 
4)  Begin working on the history and development of your holiday.  This section of your essay is due Saturday, February 12 at 7:00 PM.  See the essay link at the top left for more details.  

Class 11, Wednesday, February 9
Topic:  Era of the Second Temple
Assignment:  
1) There will be a quiz on Wednesday but not on Friday.  That will allow you to work on your essays.

2)  Trepp, pp. 55-65, 67-middle of 74  Terms and Names:  Psalms, Proverbs, Hohkmah, Job, Satan, Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther (Megillah 63), Five Scrolls, Tishah b'Av, Chronicles and the understanding of King David 65, Antiohcus  IV (Epiphanes) 69, Maccabees 70, Hanukkah 70, Hasmoneans 70, Sadducees (Zadokites) and Pharisees 70f, halakah 71, sanhedrin 72
3)  "Wisdom Woman," O'Conner  (See Moodle)  pp. 59-85. (There is additional material on moodle, but you are required only to look at those pages.)  You are to read for general ideas, not names or terms.  There will be no more than 2 questions from this material.

Class 12, Friday, February 11
Topic:  Era of the Second Temple, Wisdom
Assignment:  
1) Work on essays. 
See link above for further information on essay.

Class 13, Monday, February 14
Topic:  The Encounter with Christianity
Assignment:  
1) 
Trepp pp. 74-88, middle 102-top 106.  Terms and Names: Herod, sanhedrin (As you read this material recall what was said earlier about the sanhedrin.) 74f, Herod Agrippa 78, Zealots 79, Masada 80, Sadducees Zealots, Essenes 83 f, Nazarenes 87, Pharisees 87, Jesus 102, Paul 104"  
2) 
Read material on this page about Jesus the Jew Link  Main ideas, parables
3)
Read material at this link on Paul's mission and letters Link  Main ideas about Paul the Jew, his writings, Paul and Gentiles, Paul and James, Paul and Peter, etc.  Note the first usage of the term "Christian"

Class 14, Wednesday, February 16
Topic:  The Encounter with Christianity
Assignment:  
1) 
Test one is the 21st.  A study guide will be posted soon.  
2) Read
"God of Abraham and Saint Paul" by Lauren Winner.  Found on moodle.  In connection to this, recommended but not required:  Romans 11; Galatians 1-4 (these texts may be found online if you do not have a Bible). What do you think Paul is saying about the relationship between Christianity and Judaism in Romans?  What is Paul saying about Jewish law in Galatians?  BE sure you understand what supersessionism is.  
3
) In a Bible or online, read Matthew chapter 27 thinking about how it might encourage antisemitism.  
4) 
Listen to this program from Speaking of Faith on the Jewish roots of the Christian Story.  It is about 1 hour long.   Link

Class 15, Friday, February 18
Topic:  The Encounter with Christianity
Assignment:  
1) Trepp, pp. 89-107,
ben Zakkai 89, bar Kokhba War 89, Rabbi Akiba 90, Palestine 90, Nasi 90, Rabbi Judah 90, halakah, 91, Mishnah 92, Constantine and Judaism 92, Babylonian and Palestinian Talmuds 93, Muslim conquest 94, God-fearers 95, Our Father" and Kaddish 107  (These are the last readings before the test.)   
2) Study guide is partially posted at link above.  

Class 16, Monday, February 21
Test  Bring only something to write with.  Paper supplied.  
 
Study guide is partially posted at link above.  

Class 17, Wednesday, February 23
Topic:  The Encounter with Christianity and the Talmud
Assignment:  
1)
There will be no quiz that will count against you.  There will be a few questions on the reading below which will allow you to earn extra quiz points.
2) 
Trepp, pp. 89-107, ben Zakkai 89, bar Kokhba War 89, Rabbi Akiba 90, Palestine 90, Nasi 90, Rabbi Judah 90, halakah, 91, Mishnah 92, Constantine and Judaism 92, Babylonian and Palestinian Talmuds 93, Muslim conquest 94, God-fearers 95, Our Father" and Kaddish 107  
3
) Begin thinking about the next section of your holiday essay which is a summary and analysis of ritual observance associated with your holiday

Class 18, Friday, February 25
Topic:  The Development of  the Talmud
Assignment:  
1) Trepp, pp. 327-345  In the section on the Talmud concentrate on main ideas and main terms and listed names. Quiz will be very straightforward.  Terms and names:  (Pirke) Avot 328, women and study 328, Hillel 329, Shammai 331, Shekhinah 332, Johanan ben Zakkai 332, Rabbi Akiba 333, Tannaim 333, Halakhah and Aggadah 334, Orders of Talmud (no need to learn divisions by name) 336f, tractate 336, Tannaim 339, Talmud and Gaonim 340, Great Sanhedrin 341, Kallah, 341, Gemara 341, Talmud Bavlee 342. Karaites 344, Saadia Gaon
2) 
Look again at this link to
A Page from the Babylonian Talmud. (Shown in class.)   Use the cursor to see the different elements of the page.  What are its most important elements? Read the links for main points.  No need to memorize details.
3)  Go to this link and look at and listen to the different Talmudic discussions on the subject of determining the time to say the Shema in the morning. Begin with the Mishnah, then the Gemara, then Rashi, then Tosafot and Glosses. Why is all this important?  

Class 19, Monday, February 28
Topic:  The Development of  the Talmud
Assignment:  
1) Review Trepp, pp. 327-345.  (See notes above) 

2) Read this brief story about Moses and Rabbi Akiba found at this link.  

3) Approach to a Living Halachah", by Conservative Rabbi Robert Gordis, see moodle
4)  Read here about Talmudic Insights into the Practices of Hanukkah.  

Class 20, Wednesday, March 2
Topic:  The Development of  the Talmud
Assignment:  
1) Review
Talmudic Insights into the Practices of Hanukkah. here
2) "Images of Women In the Talmud," Judith Hauptman (moodle)  Terms:  betrothal, Ketubah, get 189, positive commandments and women 191, time bound commandments.  Otherwise look for main ideas.  Pay attention to the section headings as guides to what ideas you should be looking for.  

Class 21,22 Friday, March 4 and Monday March 14
Topic:  Women and Judaism, the Talmud and Beyond
           Film: "Half the Kingdom" (Title is based on the story of Esther in which the king tells Esther he will give her up to half the kingdom.  You will see 50 minutes of the film.  Take notes.  There will be quiz questions on the film on the quiz after the break.  It will be put on library reserve after it is shown on Friday.  
Assignments to be completed by Monday, March 14.  NO QUIZ ON FRIDAY OR AT ANY FILM SHOWING.  
1)
Read the brief newspaper article on Orthodox Women and Talmud Study (moodle).  Read for main points.  What is a minyan?  Also read these two short articles about women at the Wailing Wall.  Link, Link
2) Trepp, "Women and Religious Law," pp. 453-462 Terms/names: Miriam, Deborah, Huldah, mehitzah, Jewish group (denomination) first to ordain women and group first to have bat mitzvah, Judith Plascow.  
3) Read about the history of the Jewish Women's group, Hadassah, at this link  Also watch the 4 minute video. Names: Hadessah, Szold
4) You should be working on your Holiday essay.  The next section describing practices related to the holiday will be due on Monday March 21 and the last section will be due at the end of that same week.  You will have your first section back no later than Monday of next week, so you could do some online research.  Remember you can access Furman library databases remotely just by doing the Furman login.  

Class 23,Wednesday, March 16
Topic:  Women and Judaism, the Talmud and Beyond
              Sephardic Judaism  
1)
Read "The Vision of Women in Classical Reform Judaism," Riv-Ellen Prell found on moodle.  Main ideas.  
2)Trepp, 113-123  Read for Main ideas as well as the following names and terms: Sephardim, Ashkenasim, Nagid or Nasi, The Kuzairi, Judah Halevi, Maimonides or Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Guide for the Perplexed, conversons, Marranos, Grand Inquisitor, 1492 in Spain, Safed, Zohar

Class 24,Friday, March 18
Topic:  Women and Judaism, the Talmud and Beyond
              Sephardic Judaism  
1)
Review readings assigned for Wednesday.  Make sure you know main points and not just terms.    
2) Work on holiday essay.  

Class 25,Friday, March 18
Topic:  Women and Enlightenment Judaism
              Sephardic Judaism  
1) Work on Essay

Class 26,Wednesday, March23
Topic:  Women and Judaism, the Talmud and Beyond
              Sephardic Judaism  
1)
Review film notes for Heritage 4 and 5
2) Read material at the following links

     Judah Halevi (1075-1141):   Read some of Halevi's poetry Link
    
Lateran Council 1215, numbers 67-71
 3)
Trepp, 124-143, Terms, TBA
4)
Trepp, "Ancient and Medieval Thought," pp. 485-496 Terms, TBA

Class 27,Friday, March 25
Topic:  The Birth of Hasidism; the birth of Enlightenment Judaism
1)
Review class notes from Wednesday.  
2) Trepp, pp. 161-168   Baal shem Tov, tikkun, devekut, kavvanah, zaddik, rebbe, Gaon of Vilna, Musar, Habad movement 

Class 28,Monday, March 28
Topic:  Mysticism vs. Rationalism in Judaism of the Middle Ages and beyond
1)  Be sure you have read assignment for Friday.  REVIEW TERMS/NAMES for pp. 161-168.
 
2) 
Read, Trepp pp. 463-483.  Emphasize main ideas.  Terms:  Hekhalot, Sefer Yetzirah: The book of Creation, Cosmic Tree, Sefirot, Hasidei Ashkenas (Pious Men of Germany), Zohar and The Sefirot, neshamah, Rabbi Isaac Luria, Ari, Shikinah in exil, Tikkun

Class 29,Wednesday, March 28
Topic:  Mysticism vs. Rationalism in Judaism of the Middle Ages and beyond
1) Quiz for Wednesday will only include material listed above under Monday assignment.  

2)  Chapter 10 mostly for main ideas.) Terms and Names:  Reformers and Luther's ideas about the Jews to be continued.  

Class 30,Friday, April 1
Topic:  Mysticism vs. Rationalism in Judaism of the Middle Ages and beyond
1)
Complete Chapter 10 (mostly for main ideas.) Terms and Names: Jews and humanists, Jews and Martin Luther, general view of Jews in Venice, Netherlands, Eastern Europe, Council of Trent and the Jews, Kahal, shtetl, pilpel (this was the first movement toward Jewish fundamentalism), Chmielnicki Massacres, Shabbetai Zevi, survival of Zevi's views even after his downfall
2)  Trepp, readings on Martin Buber, pp. 510-514 I and Thou, the Eternal Thou, Buber and mitzvot
3) Trepp, chpater 12  pp. 169-180.  Terms and Names:  Spinoza, Haskalah, Moses Mendelssohn and Christianity and social ethics, Mendelssohn and natural law and revealed law, Mendelssohn and the modern Jew

Class 31,Moday, April 4
Topic:  Modern Judaism
1) No quiz.  Work on essays and review assignments above.  Come ready to discuss.  

Class 32,Wednesday, April 6
Topic:  Modern Judaism
1) Review Trepp, chapter 12

2) 
Raphael, chapter 3  Read for main ideas.  

Class 33,Thursday, April 7
Topic:  Modern Judaism
1)
Review or read Raphael, chapter 3   Take note of the following terms/names:  hazan, Isaac Mayer Wise, UPB congregations, the Pale, lansmanschaften synagogues, resisters vs. accommodating Orthodox, Conservative Judaism, classical Reform vs Reform of late 20th century, Reconsturctionism, Mordecai Kaplan, Havurot
2) Trepp, 181-201.  Names and Terms: Reform, Geiger, Conservative, Frankel, Neo-Orthodoxy, Hirsch, "peculiarity through Torah" 

Class 33,Monday, April 11
Topic:  Modern Judaism
1)
Watch the first 16 minutes of part 4 Terms/Names: Isaac Wise, Pittsburgh Platform, Columbus Platform, Solomon Schechter, Emet Ve-Emunah, Reconstructionism, Havurah movement
3) Raphael, pp. 140-144 (Kaplan, Schechter)
4) Read the  Pittsburgh Platform  to get a sense of its main ideas.  Now compare it with the Columbus Platform.  Also on Moodle 

Class 34,Wednesday, April 13
Topic:  Modern Judaism
1)
Read selections from the Emet Ve-Emunah and the newspaper article on Reconstructionism and the Supernatural distributed in class.  Email me if you did not get a copy.   
2)
Trepp, 203-213  Terms/Names: pogroms, shtetl, Der Bund, Zionism, Pinkser and Auto-Emancipation, Ahad Ha-Am, Theodore Herzl, Dreyfus Affair, Kibbutz, Balfour Declaration. 
3) Trepp, pp. 362-366   Terms: tallit, tzitzit, tefillin, kippah, yarmulke, minyan. 
4) Raphael, section on "Prayer" pp. 21-24.  

Class 35,Friday, April 15
Topic:  Modern Judaism
1) Review
Trepp, 203-213 
2) Raphael, chapter 6, 115-134

Class 36,Monday, April 15
Topic:  Modern Judaism
1) Trepp, "Israel Reborn" pp. 285-301

Class 37,Wednesday, April 17
Topic:  Modern Judaism
1) Review Trepp, "Israel Reborn" pp. 285-301  Names and Terms:  Shoah, Yishnev, Chaim Weizman, Six Day War,Golda Meir, Sabras, Yom Kippur War, Anwar Sadat, Knesset, Menachem Begin, Hezoballah, Yassar Arafat, PLO, Yitzhak Rabin

2) Look at a short review of a recent book on Modern Israel.  See Moodle.  

Class 38,Wednesday, April 17
Topic:  Modern Judaism
1) Look at powerpoint on moodle, review 12 minute video found on slide

2) Read:
"The Christianization of Israel," Mart.  Read for the main points.  Be prepared to discuss.   
3) Optional quiz on Jewish holidays after break.  List of holidays found on moodle.  More information regarding particulars and exam study guide soon. Check back to this page.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trepp, 317-326 Torah 317, Tanakh 318, Apocrypaha, 319 Masoretes 320, YHWH and mercy 321, Elohim and "stern justice 321," oral Torah 324, rabbi 325,
5)  Look at this U Tube piece on Torah Scrolls. (Just under 4 minutes) Link  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topics and Assignments 2009:

Class 1, Tuesday, January 13
Topic:  Introductions.  Misconceptions and Misunderstandings.  The Religions of the Hebrew Bible.  Some Basic Ideas and Terms.

Mythological Underpinnings--Creation, Patriarchs, and Exodus

Class 2, Thursday, January 15
Topic:  Myths and History:  The Biblical Traditions
Assignment:  
1) Trepp, pp. xv.- 16  As with all assignments, in preparation for class read for the big ideas, not trying to memorize details--other than the following terms and Names:  aliyah xix, Torah 4, Gilgamesh Epic 5, Tanakh 6, yad 7, Tower of Babel 7,8, Noahide Laws (see note--you need not memorize the list) 8, Abraham, Isaac 11, 12, Jacob and Esau 12, 13, 14, Joseph, Rachel, Leah 14, 15
2) The Sabbath, among other things, celebrates creation.  Read Trepp, "Shabbat, the Sabbath," pp. 373-383.  Terms and Names: shabbat 373, hallah 377, shabbat shalom, kiddush 378, havdalah 381
3) Use ATLA to find the following article by Bernard Och, "Creation and Redemption: Towards a Theology of Creation."  In that article read the sections entitled "The Biblical Concept of Creation" and "Redemption as the Implementation of Creation" found on pages 227-230.  Then on pages 232-234 read the section "The Creation of Israel."  Read this material for main ideas only, not terms.   
4) Read "Creation: Source of Moral Capacity and Foundation of Moral Value," pp. 40-top 44 in Judaism and Jewish Ethics by Louis E. Newman.  See Moodle.  

Class 3, Tuesday, January 20
Topic: Creation and Redemption (Exodus) 

Assignment:  
1) Trepp, review material on Noahide Laws p. 7 To whom do they apply?  How do they relate to the commandments of the Exodus?  Read pp. 16-22 Terms and Names:  Moses (Note on p. 19 Trepp suggests that Moses was a monotheist.  Most scholars of this history will question that view.), Seder 16, Ramses II 17, YHWH 18, Sinai 18, mitzvot 19, Levi  and Leviticus 19, Numbers 20, Deuteronomy 21, Judges 21, Sh'ma (Shema) 22, 
2) Read Trepp's discussion of the Passover and Shavout, pp. 386-397  We will not analyze these ceremonies in detail at this point, but we do want to build some vocabulary and see the basic form and concerns of each.  As you read these accounts, think about the difference between these experiences and the Sabbath observance.  Compare them in your mind to a Christian worship service.  Terms and Names: Pesah 386, matzah 387, seder 388, Haggadah 388, afikomen 393 Shavuot, Ruth
3)  Click here and read this newspaper article about the Exodus story and what archaeologists think about the story's historicity. What are the main points of the article? What is your opinion?  How does the rabbi deal with what he sees as the fact that the biblical story of the exodus is not historically true?    

Class 4, Thursday, January 22
Topic: Sacrifice and Purity

Assignment:  
1) More thought on the meaning of sacrifice: Leviticus chapters 8 and 16.  Don't worry about details here but take note of the general picture.   
2)
Trepp, pp. 23-28  Terms and Names:  Nevi'im 23, Haftarah 24, Former Prophets 24, Joshua 24,  Saul 25, David 25, Solomon 26, Judah and Israel 26, Amos 28, Hosea 28
3) Go to to this
Link related to the film Heritage: Civilization and the Jews.  From that page watch the  very brief clip on the first Kings.  Note that the picture is very small.  You can enlarge it, but you loose a lot of resolution.  (Watching the entire film could be very helpful, but it is not required.  To see the entire film go to the library.  The series is on reserve at the circulation desk for this class. The entire series has 9 parts.  This is part 1)
4) Trepp, pp. 448-451 "Daily Discipline: Dietary Laws"  Terms and Names: kashrut 451
5) Read the brief, but significant article by Mary Douglas, "The Abominations of Leviticus,"  from Purity and Danger.  It is posted on Moodle.  Note that almost 3 pages of the article are biblical texts.  As with the Leviticus readings above, there is no need for you to read these for detail.  Just get the flavor.  Note on the bottom of p. 55 the pairs of creation.  (Note: You will need to right click on the document as presented in moodle and rotate in order to be able to read it on line.) 

Class 5, Tuesday, January 26
Topic: The Birth of Judaism

Assignment:  
1)  Trepp, pp. 30-top 43 Terms and Names: Isaiah 30, just king (messiah) 30, time of messiah 31, Jeremiah 32f, Amidah 35, Babylonian Exile 35, diaspora 36, Ezekiel 37, Yetzer ha-Ra and Yetzer ha-Tov38, synagogue 39, Cyrus 40, Second Isaiah (Deutero-Isaiah) 41, Zoroaster 42, Suffering Servant 42
2)  Read the brief section on "Monarchy to Babylon" found on Moodle.  It recaps some of the above material from a slightly different perspective.  

Class 6, Thursday, January 28
Topic:  Reaching Outward and Inward -- Facing the Issue of Conversion "Then" and Now

Assignment:  
1)  Trepp, pp. 43-54 Terms and Names: Minor Prophets (no need to memorize list) 43, Obadiah and Jonah and Zechariah on issues related to conversion 43-45 and other references in this section, Elijah in Malichi 46, Ketuvim 47, Ezra and Nehemiah 47-51, Ruth 52,  Esther 53 Purim 53.  In these readings especially take notice of the big issues related to conversion and purity.    
2)  "Conversion to Judaism: A Historical Perspective,"  Dana Evan Kaplan in Judaism Summer 1999, pp. 259-274.  Read this article for the main ideas.  Do not try to memorize the details of history.  There will be terms with which you are not familiar.  Do your best but do not try to memorize them at that point.   Use ATLA to find the article.  Terms to note: the view of the Sephardim, Hirsh and the Classical Reform view, milat gerim
3) By way of contrast and comparison,

Class 7, Tuesday, February 3
Topic: 
The Greek Era and the Growth of the Wisdom Tradition
Assignment:  
1)  Review (or read) Trepp pp. 43-54 (above) and the article on Conversion to Judaism (above).  Come with comments or questions.   
2)  Trepp, pp. 55-65, 67-middle of 74  Terms and Names:  Psalms, Proverbs, Hohkmah, Job, Satan, Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther (Megillah 63), Five Scrolls, Tishah b'Av, Chronicles and the understanding of King David 65, Antiocus  IV (Epiphanes) 69, Maccabees 70, Hanukkah 70, Hasmoneans 70, Sadducees (Zadokites) and Pharisees 70f, halakah 71, sanhedrin 72
3)  "Wisdom Woman," O'Conner  (See Moodle)  pp. 159-160. 

Class 8, Thursday, February 5
Topic: 
Jesus and Judaism
Assignment:  
1) Trepp pp. 74-107  (Some of this material has been discussed in class, so hopefully it will go quickly.)  Terms and Names: Herod, sanhedrin (As you read this material recall what was said earlier about the sanhedrin.) 74f, Herod Agrippa 78, Zealots 79, Masada 80, Sadducees Zealots, Essenes 83 f, Nazarenes 87, Pharisees 87, ben Zakkai 89, bar Kokhba War 89, Rabbi Akiba 90, Palestine 90, Nasi 90, Rabbi Judah 90, Mishnah 92, Constantine and Judaism 92, Babylonian and Palestinian Talmuds 93, Theodosius II and Judaism 93,  Heraclius 94, God-fearers 95, Jesus, Paul, "Our Father" and Kaddish 107
2) 
Read material at this Link on "Judaism's First Century Diversity"  It will be a review but also offers some different perspectives.  
3)
Read or review accounts of the Arrest and Trial of Jesus in: Matthew 26-27 and John 18-19 (These are chapters from New Testament books If you google them you should be able to read them on line if you don't have a New Testament. )  

4) 
Read the obituary of this well-know Orthodox Rabbi.  Link   
5)  Your choice of holidays for your first essay is due no later  than Monday of next week.  Email your choice:  helenlee.turner@furman.edu  (A good spread is desired, so choose early.)  A description of the essay is found at the essay link.  

Class 9, Tuesday, February 10
Topic: 
Paul  and the Christian Separation from Judaism
Assignment:  
1) Listen to this program from Speaking of Faith on the Jewish roots of the Christian Story.  It is about 1 hour long.  Notice what is said about Potak and about memory toward the end of the piece.  Link
2) 
Read this brief piece about the struggle between Judaism and Christianity at this link
3)
Recommended but not required:  Romans 11; Galatians 1-4  What do you think Paul is saying about the relationship between Christianity and Judaism in Romans?  What is Paul saying about Jewish law in Galatians?  

4
) Recommended but not required: "God of Abraham and Saint Paul" by Lauren Winner  Find through this link.

5)  Your choice of holidays for your first essay is due no later  than this Monday.  Email your choice:  helenlee.turner@furman.edu  (A good spread is desired, so choose early.)  A description of the essay is found at the essay link.  The list of holidays was distributed early in the term, but it is also found at the very top of the Moodle page.  

Class 10, Thursday, February 12
Topic: 
Rabbincal Judasim and the Talmud
Discussion: Jews blamed for Economic woes LinkLink 

Assignment:  
1) The list of holiday choices has been posted on moodle.  If you have not chosen a holiday, please choose one that has three or fewer persons already signed up.  Email your choice immediately.  Feel free to talk with others who have your same holiday.  U Tube offers a lot that could be helpful for several of the holidays.  Trepp, pp. 317-345  In the section on the Talmud concentrate on main ideas and main terms at this point.  This is very new for almost all of us.  Quiz will be very straightforward.  Terms and names: Torah 317, Tanakh 318, Apocrypaha, 319 Masoretes 320, YHWH and mercy 321, Elohim and "stern justice 321," oral Torah 324, rabbi 325, (Pirke) Avot 328, women and study 328, Hillel 329, Shammai 331, Shekhinah 332, Johanan ben Zakkai 332, Rabbi Akiba 333, Halakhah and Aggadah 334, Orders of Talmud (no need to learn divisions by name) 336f, tractate 336, Tannaim 339, Talmud and Gaonim 340, Great Sanhedrin 341, Kallah, 341, Gemara 341, Talmud Bavlee 342. Karaites 344
3) 
Look again at this link to
A Page from the Babylonian Talmud. (Shown in class.)   Use the cursor to see the different elements of the page.  What are its most important elements? Read the links for main points.  No need to memorize details.
4)  Go to this link and look at and listen to the different Talmudic discussions on the subject of determining the time to say the Shema in the morning. Begin with the Mishnah, then the Gemara, then Rashi, then Tosafot and Glosses. Why is all this important?  
5)  Look at this U Tube piece on Torah Scrolls. (Just under 4 minutes) Link  

Class 11, Tuesday, February 17
Topic: 
Rabbincal Judasim and the Talmud
Assignment:  
1) Trepp, pp. 362-366   Terms: tallit, tzitzit, tefillin, kippah, yarmulke, minyan.   More on Talliot (tallits) and kippot: Link,  and Link. (Interesting but no quiz questions from the web material.)
2) Read this brief story about Moses and Rabbi Akiba found at this link.  Then read the brief passage concerning revelation by Rabbi Gordis found at this link, which repeats part of the previous story.  How does this relate to our discussion of the nature of the Talmud?  These are short but important.  
3)  On a piece of otherwise blank paper write the bibliographic information for one or two academic articles or book portions that you plan to use for your holiday paper.  When you come to class put that paper on your desk.  You will take the rest of your quiz on that paper, and your bibliographic material will count as the first 2 questions (only one source is required by Tuesday).  

Class 12, Thursday, February 19
Topic: 
Rabbincal Judasim and the Talmud
Assignment:  
1) Read this article,"Masoretes 320, YHWH and mercy 321, Elohim and "stern justice 321," oral Torah 324, rabbi 325, (Pirke) Avot 328, Hillel 329, Shammai 331, Shekhinah 332, Johanan ben Zakkai 332, Rabbi Akiba 333, Halakhah and Aggadah 334, Orders of Talmud (no need to learn divisions by name) 336f, tractate 336, Tannaim 339, Talmud and Gaonim 340, Gemara 341, Talmud Bavlee 342. Karaites 344  The Talmud Outline posted on Moodle may help.  
3) Work on Holiday Paper.  As you work, realize that you will probably need to focus on some aspect of your holiday in order to write the theological part of the paper.  You can't do it all in 5 pages.  

Class 13, Tuesday, February 24
Topic: 
Rabbincal Judasim, the Talmud, the Role of Women
Assignment:  
1) "Images of Women In the Talmud," Judith Hauptman (moodle)  Terms:  betrothal, Ketubah, get 189, positive commandments and women 191, time bound commandments
2) Read the brief newspaper article on Orthodox Women and Talmud Study (moodle)
3) Work on Holiday Paper. 

Class 14, Thursday, February 26
Movie: Half the Kingdom

Assignment:  
1) Work on Holiday essay.

Class 15, Tuesday, March 3
Topic: Medieval Judaism
   
Maimonides' (1135-1204) 13 Principles: Link
     Judah Halevi (1075-1141): LinkLink  
   
Lateran Council 1215, numbers 67-71

Assignment:  
1) Trepp, 113-143

Class 16, Thursday, March 5
Topic:  Medieval Judaism

Assignment:  
1) Trepp, "Women and Religious Law, pp. 453-462
2)
Trepp, "Ancient and Medieval Thought," pp. 485-496
3) TBA information concerning midterm 

Class 17, Tuesday, March 17
Topic:  Beginnings of Modern Judaism 

Heritage: Civilization and the Jews, Part 5

Class 18, Thursday, March 19
Topic:  The Hasidic Tradition

Assignment:  
1) Review notes for Heritage 5 film, see moodle
2) Use the website for the film to review program 5 as well: Link

Class 19, Thursday, March 25
Topic:   Hasidism

Assignment:  
1) Review your notes on the film on Hasidism
2) Trepp, pp. 161-168 and readings on Martin Buber, pp. 510-514

Class 20, Tuesday, March 31
Topic:   Hasidism
Resource:  Zemiros Link, Sefirot: Link  Link

Assignment:  
1) Trepp, pp. 463-483  (Quiz will only cover pp. 463-469 and related terms, but it is recommended that you read the whole chapter if possible.)  Terms: Hekhalot and Merkabah literature (there are other spellings for these terms), Sefer Yetzirah, Sefer Bahir, Cosmic tree, unfathomable God, sefirot, 
2) My Name is Asher Lev.  Read through chapter 3 (p. 100 in Anchor Books edition)  

Class 21, Thursday, April 2
Topic:   Spinoza and Mystical Judaism

Assignment:  
1) Read My Name is Asher Lev up through chapter 7 (page 197 in Anchor Books edition)  
2) Continue working your way through the ideas in Trepp's chapter on Jewish Mysticism.  For Thursday give special attention to pages 472-483.  Terms:  Zohar, Sefirot, En Sof, Crown of God, Hokhmah, Hesed, Shekinah, Isaac Luri (Ari), Tikkun, mezuzah
3) Read Trepp 169-172  Spinoza

Class 22, Tuesday, April 7
Topic:   Development of Modern Judaism

Assignment:  
1) Continue reading My Name is Asher Lev as your time and interest allow.  There will be no more quizzes on the book, but we will discuss it in class again after the Easter/Passover break.  Your second essay (3-5 double-spaced pages) should come from the book.  (There are some additional paper options that may be chosen based on movies--Yentl, Fiddler on the Roof, but this Asher Lev would likely be the easiest resource.)  There is no additional research required.  One suggested topic (but there are many possibilities):   In what way is the tension between Asher and his heritage a lens through which we can see the ongoing tension between modern Judaism and traditional Orthodox Judaism.  Email professor about alternative topics.  This is due the last day of class (but earlier would be nice), along with your worship report/essay.  So, don't wait until the last minute.  
2) Trepp, pp. 172-213.  This is material for Tuesday's quiz.  Most of this material should be read for general ideas. Think about what the main point of each section is as you read.  Though this a longer text reading than usual, only a few terms and names are required: Moses Mendelssohn, Reform Judaism, Abraham Geiger, Conservative Judaism, Zacharis Frankel, Neo-Orthodoxy, Samson Raphael Hirsch, pogroms, shtetl, Der Bund, Zionism, Pinkser and Auto-Emancipation, Ahad Ha-Am, Theodore Herzl, Dreyfus Affair, Kibbutz, Balfour Declaration.  

Class 23, Thursday, April 9
Topic:   Heritage: Civilization and the Jews, part 6

Assignment:  
1) Continue reading My Name is Asher Lev.  We will spend a few minutes with it next week.  You should also think about your essay topic and run ideas different from the suggested topic by me.   See essay topic for Asher Lev above.  Other possibilities include discussion of movie or an ethical issue, the latter, however, would involve certainly involve research, which the other topics do not necessarily require. You should know your essay topic by next week.   
2) Trepp, pp. 172-213.  Optional Quiz will be on this previously assigned material.  

Class 24, Tuesday, April 14
Topic:   

Assignment:  
1) Decide on essay topic.  
2) Review notes on Heritage part 6 movie in preparation for quiz.  If you were not in class see the film in the library.  
3)
Trepp, pp. (omit 214-236) 237-260, 429-451  Names and Terms:  Isaac Wise, Kauffman Kohler, Pittsburgh Platform, Columbus Platform, aliyah, Statement of Principles (Pittsburg 2, 1899), Solomon Schechter, catholic Israel, Emet Ve-Emunah, Reconstructionism, Mordecai Kaplan, Kaplan's ethical nationhood, Havurah Movement, b'rit milah, mohel, bar or bat mitzveh, confirmation, huppah, ketubah, mikveh, Hevrah Kadisha, shivah, kaddish, Yahrzeit, kasher, pareve, 
4)
Review Trepp's discussion of the Passover and Shavout, pp. 386-397, which was read earlier in the term.  
5) 
Also read this op-ed on Passover from the NYT.  Link.   
6)  If you have time, begin reading: 
Wertheimer, A People Divided, pp. vii-39.  Read this material for main ideas, not details. 

Class 25, Thursday, April 16
Topic:   Contemporary Judaism

Assignment:  
1) Wertheimer, A People Divided, pp. vii-39.  Read this material for main ideas, not details.   Some questions to think about:  How does the development of suburban America influence the development of Judaism?  Why did Conservative Judaism benefit the most from the post WWII context?  Why were Reform rabbis not so happy with some the post WWII changes in that tradition?  Why, despite large immigration movements, did Orthodoxy remain marginal in the post WWII era?  In what way did Judaism become more mainstream in the era?  How does Judaism react to civil rights, Vietnam, feminism in the 60s?  How does the Havurah movement dramatically shake up things in Jewish denominational life?  What is meant by a reorientation from accommodation to survivalism?  How did the Six Day War (1967) relate to memories of the holocaust and how did it influence American Judaism?  What  "old friends" seemed to abandon the Jews?  How do demographics play into developments?  How does the rise of Reconsturctionism influence Conservative Judaism?  Which group of Jews seems to have had the most staying power in the 60s?  How does the growing political importance of Israel play into this picture?  
2)  Read pages 109-top of 116 of the article "The Christianization of Israel and Jews in 1950s America, Mart, Michelle. Source: Religion and American Culture, 14 no 1 Winter 2004.  Find through ATLA. You might find the entire article quite interesting, though it is not required.  A summary of the article and your statement of its importance for understanding contemporary American Judaism could be come your essay.  

Class 26, Tuesday, April 21
Topic:   Contemporary Judaism

Assignment:  
1) Wertheimer, A People Divided, pp. 43-91.  Read this material for main ideas, not details.  What kind of religion begins to grow in 1970s?  What is Sheilaism (p. 45)? Which Jewish rituals continue to be observed in the 80s and why?  How is the Jewish denominational identification (not necessarily affiliation) in the 80s different from what we see among Protestant Christians?  As a group are Jews more or less religious than Christians?  See section headings to guide the rest of the reading.   

Class 27, Thursday, April 23
Topic:   Contemporary Judaism

Assignment:  
1) Wertheimer, A People Divided, pp. 95-159.  Read this material for main ideas, not details.  Be able to explain the heading of each chapter in a 2 or 3 phrases.  
2) Review your holiday essay.  What are the main concerns of your holiday?  We will discuss Wertheimer briefly and then turn to a discussion of holidays.  

Class 28, Tuesday, April 28
Topic:   

Assignment:  
1) Wertheimer, A People Divided, pp. 160-169, Required.  Recommended but not required 170-196.  
2)  Finish reading Asher Lev.  Optional quiz on chapter 8-end of the book only.  (For earning extra points.)  
3) Complete Worship reports and essays.  I will take those as email attachments until 5:00 Tuesday.  If you need an extension and have a reasonable argument to receive on, email the professor.  
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Topics and Assignments 2007:


     2) Begin studying dates and history for Friday's quiz.  

     3) Plan now to watch Heritage 2 on Tuesday on cable.  It will be on channel 14 at 4:00 and 9:00.  It lasts one hour.  

Class 5, Wednesday, January 10
Topic:   The Influence of Zoroastrianism and Hellenism 
Assignment:  
    
1)
Go to this link and read the summary of the period covered in Heritage 2 (not for details).  
     2) Begin studying for quiz.  

Class 6, Thursday, January 11
Topic:  Judaism and The Roman Era
Assignment:
     1. Begin studying for
Quiz 1  See study notes at this link

Class 7, Friday, January 12
Topic:   Developments in Judaism in the Christian Era
Assignment:  
    
1) Study for Quiz

No class Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Day

Defining Judaism in the Context of Christianity

Class 8, Tuesday, January 16
Topic:  Judaism and The Development of Christianity, The New Testament and anti-Semitism
Assignment:  
    
1)
Trepp, pp. 67-97
      2)
Read material at this Link on "Judaism's First Century Diversity"  
     3)
Read or review accounts of the Arrest and Trial of Jesus in: 
              Mt. 26-27 and Jn 18-19

     4) Strongly Recommended: Listen to this program from Speaking of Faith on the Jewish roots of the Christian Story.  It is about 1 hour long.  Link

Class 9, Wednesday, January 17
Topic: 
Paul and the Break with Judaism 
Assignment:
   
1. 
Trepp, pp. 99-111

    2.  
Romans 11; Galatians 1-4  What do you think Paul is saying about the relationship between Christianity and Judaism in Romans?  What is Paul saying about Jewish law in Galatians?  
    3. 
Read the article  "God of Abraham and Saint Paul" by Lauren Winner  found by using a Furman connected computer and going to this Furman library  sign on and a do search for "Paul and Abraham" as key words and "Winner" as author. That should take you directly to the article.  
 
    4
. Read about the struggle between Judaism and Christianity at this link Find through ATLA.

Class 10, Thursday, January 18
Topic: 
The Age of Definition: Rabbinical Judaism 
Assignments: 
   
1. 
Trepp, pp. 317-345  In the section on the Talmud concentrate on main ideas and terms at this point.  I will not ask you about the orders in the Talmud, for example.  
    2. 
R
ead a review essay about a book on Abraham: "The Legacy of Abraham: He is beloved by Jews, Christians and Muslims. Can this bond stop them from hating one another?"  by David Van Biema.   Find the article by going to the  Furman Library web page (link) on a Furman connected computer, then click on "All Data Bases", then on Expanded Academic ASAP, connect and then do a keyword search.  Check the text only box and fill in Time for the journal.  Then do a search for "Legacy of Abraham" and the September 2002 article should come up on the list.   (You could also fill in the date and go right to the article.)  
    3.  
Look again at this link to A Page from the Babylonian Talmud.  Use the cursor to see the different elements of the page.  What are its most important elements? Read the links for main points.  No need to memorize details.  Go also to this link and look at and listen to the different Talmudic discussions on the subject of determining the time to say the morning prayer. Begin with the Mishnah, then the Gemara, then Rashi, then Tosafot and Glosses. Note especially the nature of the Gemara.

Class 11, Friday, January 19
Topic: 
The Age of Definition: Rabbinical Judaism
Video: Selections from Heritage 3 

Assignments: 
   
1.  Prepare for Quiz 2

Class 12, Monday, January 22
Topic: 
The Age of Definition: Rabbinical Judaism 
Assignments: 
   
1. 
Trepp, pp. 422-423, Purim 
    2.
"Purim: The Celebration of Dis-Order,"  Monford Harris
   3.  Optional but recommended:  Look at this website on Purim

Class 13, Tuesday, January 23
Topic: 
The Age of Definition: Rabbinical Judaism 
Assignments: 
   
1. 
"women and the Talmud" (sent by email), Judith Hauptman

Class 14, Wednesday, January 24
Topic: 
The Age of Definition: Rabbinical Judaism 
Assignments: 
   
1. 
Some Thought on the Nature of Halakhic Adjudication: Women and Minyan," Judith Hauptman, in Judaism: A Quarterly Journal of Jewish Life and Thought, Fall 1993The article may be found at this link.  If the link does not work go to this Furman library page using a Furman connected computer, check the "articles with text" box, and do a search for "Women and Judaism and minyan." This article will come up.  (Note: to print the article use the print function on the left side of the screen.  When you print the article only the first 10 pages have text; the rest is notes.) If you need help with terms use this glossary
    2. 
begin Reading Heschel's The Sabbath

Class 15, Thursday, January 25
Topic: 
The Age of Definition: Rabbinical Judaism 
Assignments: 
   
1. 
Judith Hauptman, in Judaism: A Quarterly Journal of Jewish Life and Thought, Fall 1993.  
    2. 
Continue reading Heschel's The Sabbath.  You should finish this before the next quiz, which is rescheduled for Monday.  Be reading to begin discussing the book on Thursday.  

Class 16, Friday, January 26
Topic: 
The Age of Definition: Rabbinical Judaism 
Assignments: 
   
1. 
Instead of a formal class Friday, I will show Yentl on the cable projection (channel 14) beginning at 2:00. I will be in the class room at 1:40 for anyone who has quick questions about any topic. (But you are not expected to come unless you want to.) I will also show the movie in the classroom for anyone who prefers or needs that. The movie lasts 2 hours and 15 minutes. You are expected to watch at least an hour of the movie. I strongly urge you to watch more. If you record it or if watch it using the copy on reserve in the library (with Religion 38 reserve, not your class) you can fast forward over some of the songs. The interest here is less the woman's story than the look into yeshiva life and the nature of the questions and discussions.

Class 17, Monday, January 29
Topic: 
The Age of Definition: Rabbinical Judaism 
Assignments: 
   
1. 
You are responsible for all readings during the past week, beginning with the readings on Purim.  You should have read the entire Sabbath, by Heschel.  There will be general questions about the book, no details or essay questions.  In addition you should have read the new assignments from Trepp listed below.  The study guide will be updated with new terms. Be sure you know main points from the student article on Purim.  
    2. 
Trepp, pp. 373-383, "Shabbat" 520-525, "Heschel"  Recommended, Trepp "Women and Religious Law, pp. 453-462

Class 18, Tuesday, January 30
Study Day

Class 19, Wednesday, January 31
Midterm

Class 20, Thursday, February 1
Topic:  Heritage 4
Assignments: 
   
1. 
Begin work on take-home test question.  (Question:  Using Trepp and other assigned readings, discuss the way in which  Judaism can or cannot be explained as a system of "virtue ethics." 3 page max.) Due Wednesday, February 7.  

Class 21, Friday, February 2
Topic:  Medieval Judaism
Assignments: 
   
1. 
Continue work on take-home test question.  (Question: Using Trepp and other assigned readings, discuss the way in which  Judaism can or cannot be explained as a system of "virtue ethics." 3 page max.) Due Wednesday, February 7.  

Class 22, Monday, February 5
Topic:  Medieval Judaism, Maimonides, holiday presentations 
   
Maimonides' 13 Principles: Link
     Judah Halevi: Link

Assignments: 
1.
Continue work on take-home test question. (Question: Using Trepp and other assigned readings, discuss the way in which Judaism can or cannot be explained as a system of "virtue ethics." 3 page max.) 
2.
Continue work on essay on Heschel's The Sabbath.
3.
Trepp, 113-143 (Covers the history seen in the film. Don't try to memorize detail.), 485-496 (Covers ideas and thinkers mentioned in film.)
4.
Readings for holiday presentations
1) Rosh Hashanah.
Trepp, pp. 403-411. Also read "God of Judgment, God of Compassion: A Reading of the Rosh Hashanah Service," Eli Reich in Judaism, 2001. Available through ATLA, but also sent in a pdf file. In addition, the following website is recommended: Rosh Hashanah
2) Sukkot.
Trepp, pp. 397-401. Also read the two following very short articles: "Camping Out: Celectration of Sukkot," Winner, Lauren F. Christian Century, which may found through ATLA and "Bountiful Harvest," by Mandell, which is found through Lexus Nexus. Finally look at the material found on this website: Sukkot. 

Class 23, Tuesday, February 6
Topic: The Rise of Hasidism, holiday presentation 

Kabbalah diagrams: Link, Link, Link, Link,  Link
Golem: Link

Assignments: 
1.
Review Heritage 4: The Crucible of Europe: 732-1492 by looking at the summary found at this link. Click on the Interactive presentation and look at the material entitled, "Hostility Toward Jews." (There is more than one page.) Other interactive page topics are recommended but not required.
2.  
Look at the documents from the Lateran Council of 1215 about the Jews, found at this link.  
3.
Trepp, pp. 145-168
4.
Readings for holiday presentations
    1) Yom Kippur
       
Trepp, 411-416
        "On Yom Kippur," by Frances Deggen Harowitz, in Judaism.  ASAP
        Recommended: "Liturgy and Ethics: " Martin Yaffe.  Find through ATLA.
5.
Essay on Heschel's The Sabbath due

Class 24, Wednesday, February 7
Topic:  The Rise of Hasidism and Its Influence
 Baal Shem Tov:  LinkLink   
Assignments: 
   
1.  1. 
Read about Heritage 5.   Link  From the Interactive Link go the page on the Lekhah Dodi Hymn.  Read and listen to at least one version.  Other Interactive pages are recommended but not required.  
    2. 
Additional background reading on Hasidism may be found at the  following PBS sites:  Hasidism.  Strongly recommended are the introductory page an the pages on  "Inside Hasidic holy community," "feelings about community," "Hasidic views of separation," and "Hasidic views of history."  
    3. 
Begin reading My Name is Asher Lev
  
4Midterm take-home essay due Thursday at 11:59 PM.  

Class 25, Thursday, February 8
Topic:  Hasidism and Its Influence
Assignments: 
   
1. 
Catch up on missed assignments.  Continue reading My Name is Asher Lev
    2.  Begin studying for Monday's Quiz. 
It will not include Asher Lev, but it will include Trepp readings, class lectures, holiday readings and presentations, and Heritage 4 and 5.  The Heritage series is on reserve in the library if you missed either of them.  
  
3Midterm take-home essay due Thursday at 11:59 PM.  

Class 26, Friday, February 9
Topic:  Hasidism and Its Influence
, Video: A Life Apart
Assignments: 
   
1. 
Continue reading My Name is Asher Lev
    2. 
Begin studying for Monday's Quiz.  It will not include Asher Lev, but it will include Trepp readings, class lectures, holiday readings and presentations, and Heritage 4 and 5.  The Heritage series is on reserve in the library if you missed either of them.  
  
3
Midterm take-home essay due Thursday at 11:59 PM.  

Class 27, Monday, February 12
Topic:  Hasidism and Its Influence
, Video: A Life Apart
Assignments: 
   
1. 
Prepare for Monday's QuizIt will not include Asher Lev, but it will include Trepp readings, class lectures, holiday readings and presentations, and Heritage 4 and 5.  The Heritage series is on reserve in the library if you missed either of them. 
    2.   
Continue reading My Name is Asher Lev.  You need to finish the book by Wednesday.  

Class 28, Tuesday, February 13
Topic: 
Holiday Presentations, Modern Judaism
Assignments: 
   
1. 
Continue reading My Name is Asher Lev. You need to finish the book by Wednesday.  Quiz on the book's basic plot etc. will be Wednesday.  There are some on-line glossaries that might be helpful.  Link, Link, LinkFind through ATLA.
              1) Tisha b'av 
Trepp, pp. 423, 426 and "Exile and Memory : Reflections on Tisha B'Av," Pogany.  Find this article at this Link.  
              2)  Simhat Torah,
Trepp, pp. 401-402.  No additional readings.  
    3.  
Begin thinking about your last small project.  See link.  
   4.   Worship Report/Essay due the last day of class.  Link.  

Class 29, Wednesday, February 14
Topic: 
Discussion, My Name is Asher Lev
Assignments: 
  
1. 
on My Name is Asher Lev. There are some on-line glossaries that might be helpful.  Link, Link, Link
    2. 
Continue work on small project.  See link.  

Class 30, Thursday, February 15
Topic: 
Holiday Presentations, Modern Judaism
Assignments: 
   
1. 
Trepp, pp. 169-213
    2. 
Continue work on small project.  See link.  
   3. Asher Lev essay (1-3 pages ), due last day of class.  Suggested Topic:  In what way is the tension between Asher and his heritage a lens through which we can see the ongoing tension between modern Judaism and traditional Orthodox Judaism.  Email professor about alternative topics.
   4.  Readings for holiday presentations:  Tisha B'av, see assginment for Tuesday above.  No additional readings for Shavuot other than Trepp, pp. 395-397.

Class Friday, February 16
Topic: 
Jewish Denominations
Assignments: 
   
1. 
Trepp, pp. (omit 214-236) 237-260, 429-451
    2. 
Wertheimer, A People Divided, pp. vii-39.  Read this material for main ideas, not details.  
   3. Continue work on small project.  Due Monday.  See link.  
   4.  Asher Lev essay (1-3 pages ), due last day of class.  Suggested Topic:  In what way is the tension between Asher and his heritage a lens through which we can see the ongoing tension between modern Judaism and traditional Orthodox Judaism.  Email professor about alternative topics

Class 32, Monday, February 19
Topic: 
Jewish Denominations
Assignments: 
   
1. 
Wertheimer, A People Divided, pp. 43-91.  Read this material for main ideas, not details.  
    2. 
Hanukkah:  Trepp, pp. 417-421.  Recommended but not required, Speaking of Faith Program on Hanukkah:
Link
   3. Continue work on small project.  Due Monday.  See link.  
   4. Asher Lev essay (1-3 pages ) and worship reports due last day of class.  

Class 33, Tuesday, February 20
Topic: 
Jewish Denominations
Assignments: 
   
1. 
Wertheimer, A People Divided, pp. 95-159.  Read this material for main ideas, not details.  
    2. 
Continue work on small project.  Due Monday.  See link.
   3.   Asher Lev essay (1-3 pages ) and worship reports due last day of class.  

Class 34, Wednesday, February 21
Topic: 
Jewish Denominations
Assignments: 
   
1. 
Wertheimer, A People Divided, pp. 160-196.  Read this material for main ideas, not details.  

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  3.  Read the material on "Wisdom Woman," pp. 76-83 distributed in class.  
  

holocaust conference.  Link 


   

Zionism Link

Hanukkah: a Recovery of jewish custom 

 

 

 

 

 

 


   4.  Go to this link and read about Rosh Hashanah.  Listen to the Shofar.
        Go to this link and read about Yom Kippur.  
        Go to this link and read about Passover.  Use the link to look for other holidays as interests direct.  
    5. Exam information will be published Friday.  

Assignments beyond this point are tentative or outdated!  Please check the web daily.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


   4.  Read this short account of the Baal Shem Tov and think about the nature of the experience of the holy recorded there. link

Class 23, Wednesday, February 5
Topic:  Hasidism and Its Legacy: Buber and Heschel
Assignments: 
   
1.  Review Trepp, chapter 5 
   2. 
Review following pbs sites and read about Hasidism, inside Hasidic holy community, feelings about community, Hasidic views of separation, and Hasidic views of history.  Even though these will not be on the present quiz it would be helpful to read them now.  
   3. Read this short account of the Baal Shem Tov and think about the nature of the experience of the holy recorded there. link
   4.  Trepp, pp. 303-306 "Martin Buber" and "Heschel

Part II:  The Denominations of Judaism

Class 24, Thursday, February 6
Topic:  The Development of modern Judaism
"Roads from the Getto"
Assignments: 
   
1. Trepp, pp. 303-306 "Martin Buber" and "Heschel" (Last reading for Monday quiz.)  
   2. Trepp,  chapter 6 
   3.
Go the the link for Heritage 6 and read the summary.  Go to the interactive presentation and look at the three presentations.  

Class 25, Friday, February 7
Topic:  Jewish Denominations: An Overview
Assignments: 
   
1. Introduction to

Class 26, Monday, February 10
Topic:  Modern Jewish Denominations and Practice
Quiz
Assignments: 
   
1. 
Prepare for quiz (described above under Feb.6)
   2. Wertheimer

Class 27 Tuesday, February 11
Topic:  Modern Jewish Denominations and Practice
Assignments: 
   
1. 
Wertheimer, chapters 1 and 2.  Come prepared to discuss the material.

Class 28 Wednesday, February 12
Topic:  Modern Jewish Denominations and Practice
Assignments: 
   
1. 
Wertheimer, chapters 3 and 4.  Come prepared to discuss the material.
   2.  Trepp, ch. 17, "Prayer and the House of the Lord," pp. 323-339

Class 29 Thursday, February 13
Topic:  Modern Jewish Denominations and Practice
Assignments: 
   
1. 
Wertheimer, chapters 5 and 6.  Come prepared to discuss the material.
   2.  Trepp, ch. 18, 19, (Dietary Laws, Sabbath) pp. 323-349

Class 30 Friday, February 14
Topic:  Modern Jewish Denominations and Practice
Assignments: 
   
1. 
Wertheimer, chapters 5-7.  Come prepared to discuss the material.
   2.  Trepp, ch. 20 (holidays) pp. 350-377.  For further, but not required, reading on the holidays click here.  HOLIDAYS

Class 31 Monday, February 17
Topic:  Modern Jewish Denominations and Practice: Holidays
Assignments: 
   
1.
  Prepare for Quiz

Class 32 Tuesday, February 18
Topic:  Modern Jewish Denominations and Zionism
Assignments: 
   
1.
Trepp, ch. 8 beginning on p. 157 and chapter 16 beginning on 313

Class 33 Wednesday, February 19
Topic:  Holocaust and Holocaust Theology
Assignments: 
   
1.
Trepp, ch. 8 beginning on p. 157 and chapter 16 beginning on 313

 

Midterm take-home:  Discuss the Talmud as a vehicle for finding relationship with God in traditional Orthodox Judaism. Include in your answer reflection on the seemingly outdated worldview of the Talmud, the central concerns of the Talmud, and the study of the Talmud. You are encouraged to draw upon Yentl and the assignments for this week as well as previous work. You are also encouraged to try to enter the world of Judaism empathetically, even if you have difficulty with this.