JUDAIC 205 - What is Judaism?
Fall 2019, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies


Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in JUDAIC 505 or HJCS 576.
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:


What has it meant to eat as a Jew, dress as a Jew, or pray as a Jew in different time periods and locales? How do the Sabbath laws inscribed in the Hebrew Bible relate to Jewish practices of rest and celebration in the modern period? This course familiarizes students with the central sacred texts and practices of Jewish traditions as they have been interpreted by different communities over the past 2000 years. We study the development of Jewish thought and practice through a series of different lens--theology, history, ethnography, and feminism among others. By exploring the diverse history of Jewish practice, students gain insight into contemporary debates in the Jewish world: questions such as who is a Jew, which practices define Judaism as a religion in the modern world, and what does a flourishing Jewish community look like.

Course Requirements:

Grades are based on attendance and participation in section, a midterm, a final, and a creative project.

Intended Audience:

No prerequisites.

Class Format:

The Introduction to Jewish Civilization is taught by an interdisciplinary team: the primary instructor provides the general framework in introductory lectures for each unit and U-M specialists in Judaic Studies offer guest lectures on a range of topics pertaining to Jewish history, religion, and culture. Discussion sessions provide the opportunity for direct contact with primary sources and for conversation.


JUDAIC 205 - What is Judaism?
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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