HJCS 577 - Seminar: Topics in the Study of Judaism
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies (HJCS)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
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May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This seminar is devoted to unpacking and critically exploring the extraordinary life and work of Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972), surely one of the most significant Jewish theologians and religious figures of the last century. Thinker and mystic; scholar of rabbinics and Jewish mysticism; Yiddish-language poet, ethicist and controversial social activist, Heschel bridged the worlds of East European Hasidism, Weimar culture, and 1960’s political engagement. In this seminar, we will interweave biography and cultural history, with a close reading of his central theological, devotional and topical works (ranging from God in Search of Man; The Sabbath; Kotzk; and Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity). In the closing weeks we will pay special attention to his understudied masterwork, Torah min ha-Shamayyim, only recently available to the English reader.

While most of the reading will be in English, I will make available Heschel’s works in the original German, Yiddish and Hebrew, as well. We will read from the Hebrew original of Torah min ha-Shammayim, although the English rendering will be available for consultation. It is recommended that students have some prior exposure to Heschel and have a reading knowledge of Hebrew.

HJCS 577 - Seminar: Topics in the Study of Judaism
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001 (SEM)
Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: JUDAIC 467 & REL 471. A 4th credit hour will be offered (via Indp. Study-TBD) for those wishing to read selected texts of Nahman in the original Hebrew. Contact the Professor if you are interested.
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