LSA Course Guide Search Results: UG, Fall 2013, Subject = YIDDISH

The Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Jewish civilizations and thought.

Why major or minor in Judaic Studies?

Jews have a long and rich history stretching across many parts of the globe. For many years they lived as a minority group dispersed among Christian and Muslim majorities. Today Jews in Israel form a majority with political power.

Judaic Studies introduces students to the religion, culture, and history of Jews throughout the world from the era of the rabbis to contemporary American society. The program explores the rich culture and historical experience of the Jewish people, their unique traditions, interactions with other cultures, and impact on world civilizations. It draws on the academic excellence and expertise of faculty in many disciplines: English, History, Near Eastern Studies, Political Science, Romance Languages, Slavic Studies, and Women’s Studies.

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With over 120 currently approved Judaic Studies courses offered during the Fall and Winter terms of each academic year, majors and minors enjoy diverse options as they progress through their studies. Students can also sample additional courses from visiting faculty. Frankel Center advisors assist students in determining the program of study tailored to individual interests. Due to ongoing curriculum development, the course numbers and titles are subject to change at any time. Please contact the Frankel Center for verification of this information and for current availability. www.lsa.umich.edu/judaic

Why study Yiddish?

The language of the Jewish people for over a thousand years, Yiddish possesses a lively literature that flourished in the 19th and 20th centuries. Jews living in Eastern Europe brought Yiddish culture — music, drama, newspapers, film, poetry and prose — wherever they emigrated: to the United States, Argentina, South Africa, and Israel. Yiddish is a key to unlock the world of Jewish immigrants and to understand the dynamic society of East European Jews before the Holocaust. While never a sacred language like Hebrew, Yiddish is now the vernacular of Hasidic Jews in Israel and the United States.

Yiddish arose nearly a thousand years ago in Western Europe, flourished for centuries in Eastern Europe, and was brought to the U.S. and elsewhere by immigrants who built a rich cultural life with it. At Michigan, Yiddish is a vibrant language. We learn its idioms and grammar, read its literary treasures, and explore its centrality to modern Jewish life.

Yiddish courses are offered at U of M under two different sets of numbers, Judaic Studies and Yiddish, by the Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies and the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures, respectively.

There is no major or minor in Yiddish, but students can select courses from the beginning level, YIDDISH 101-102, through 301-302, as well as a Yiddish literature course in English translation (JUDAIC 333).

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