JUDAIC 468 - Jewish Mysticism
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
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Taught in English.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course is an engaged study of the development of Jewish mysticism, its symbolic universe, meditational practices, and social ramifications. While we will survey Jewish mystical traditions from the early Rabbinic period through the modern, the heart of the course is that many-branched (post) medieval stream known as kabbalah and its central work, the Zohar. Among the issues we will explore are: the nature of mystical experience; the place of mysticism in Judaism; mysticism and community; models of God, Person, and World; the problem of Evil; mysticism, sexuality, and gender; language and silence; ritual innovation; mysticism and ethics; and ecstatic practice (ranging from visualization and gazing to chant, letter combinations of the Name, and modulated breathing). Modern interpretations of the phenomenon of mysticism will be considered as well.

Intended Audience:

Upper level undergraduate and graduate students

Class Format:

Two 90 minute meetings weekly

JUDAIC 468 - Jewish Mysticism
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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