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Fall '00 Course Guide

Courses in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies (Division 389)

Fall Term, 2000 (September 6 December 22)

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HJCS 100/AAPTIS 100/ACABS 100/Hist. 132. Peoples of the Middle East.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gary Beckman (sidd@umich.edu) , Kathryn Babayan (babayan@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/class/nes100/

See Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies 100.001.

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

HJCS 101. Elementary Modern Hebrew, I.

Language Courses

Section.

Prerequisites & Distribution: (5). (LR).

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


HJCS 200/Rel. 201/ACABS 200/AAPTIS 200. Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern.

Section 001 Religions of the Book: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Instructor(s): Ralph Williams (fiesole@umich.edu), Sherman Jackson

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies 200.001.

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 4

HJCS 201. Intermediate Modern Hebrew, I.

Language Courses

Section 001, 002.

Instructor(s): Pauli Weizman (pauliw@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: HJCS 102. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Hebrew 311. (5). (LR).

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


HJCS 201. Intermediate Modern Hebrew, I.

Language Courses

Section 003, 004.

Instructor(s): Ilan Rosenberg (ilanr@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: HJCS 102. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Hebrew 311. (5). (LR).

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


HJCS 276/Judaic Studies 205. Introduction to Jewish Civilizations and Culture.

Jewish Literature and Culture in English

Section 001 Meets with Judaic Studies 505.001.

Instructor(s): Gabrielle Boccaccini (gbocca@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Judaic Studies 205.001.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

HJCS 301. Advanced Hebrew, I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: HJCS 202. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


HJCS 395. Directed Undergraduate Readings.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Designed for individual students who have an interest in a specific topic (usually that has stemmed from a previous course). An individual instructor must agree to direct such a reading and the requirements are specified when approval is granted.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, P/I

HJCS 401. Hebrew of the Communications Media, I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Edna Coffin (eacoffin@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: HJCS 202. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


HJCS 471. Introduction to Modern Hebrew Literature, I.

Jewish Literature and Culture in Hebrew

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Edna Coffin (eacoffin@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: HJCS 302. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


HJCS 478/Judaic Studies 468/Rel. 469. Jewish Mysticism.

Jewish Literature and Culture in English

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Elliot Ginsburg (elgins@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

A study of the historical development of Jewish mysticism, its symbolic universe, meditational practices, and social ramifications. While we will survey mystical traditions from the late second Temple period through modernity, the central focus will be on the rich medieval stream known as kabbalah. Among the issues to be explored are:

  • the nature of mystical experience;
  • images of God, world, and Person
  • sexual and gender symbolism (images of the male and female);
  • the problem of evil; mysticism, language, and silence;
  • mysticism and the law;
  • mysticism and community;
  • meditative and ecstatic practices (ranging from visualization to chant, letter combination, and modulated breathing);
  • kabbalistic myth and ritual innovation;
  • and kabbalistic interpretations of history. Modern interpretations of mysticism will also be considered.

Readings for the course consist of secondary sources from the history of Judaism and comparative religion, and selected primary texts (in translation). Requirements include two exams and a research paper. Class lectures will be supplemented by discussion, comtemplative exercises, and on occasion, music and other media.

Cost: 3 Waitlist Code: 1

HJCS 498. Senior Honors Thesis.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The Senior Honors thesis is for students who have been approved by the Near Eastern Studies concentration advisor, Honors advisor, and the LS&A Honors Council. The length of the thesis may vary, but 50-60 pages is common. Two advisors should be chosen. The principal advisor is a member of the faculty in whose field of expertise the thesis topic lies, and he or she oversees the student's research and the direction taken by the thesis.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

HJCS 577/Judaic Studies 467/Rel. 471. Seminar: Topics in the Study of Judaism.

Jewish Literature and Culture in English

Section 001 The Year as Spiritual Practice: Models of Sacred Time in Jewish Mysticism. Reading knowledge of Hebrew is required for this course.

Instructor(s): Elliot Ginsburg (elgins@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In Jewish (mystical) tradition, the round of the year paces out a comprehensive devotional path, both a world-view and a spiritual practice. In this course, we will explore the yearly cycles of time as expressed in Hasidic mysticism: especially the Bnei Yissaschar, but also the Sefat Emet, the Icbiczer and Slonimer, and that latter day mystic, Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. These primary (Hebrew language) texts will be supplemented by English-language readings from the history and philosophy of religions, from Judaism (Schooem, Heschel, and Rosenzweig) and from the anthropology of time. This course will be conducted as a seminar: it calls for both intellectual rigor and engagement, to understand Judaism not only as an "argument" but as "deep song." Reading knowledge of Hebrew is required for this course. Short essays, term paper or project.

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

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