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Courses in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies


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

General Near Eastern Studies

Section 001.

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

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

Foreign Lit

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

Course Homepage: https://cgi.www.umich.edu/~nes100/F01/

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

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HJCS 101. Elementary Modern Hebrew, I.

Modern Hebrew: Language Courses

Section 001, 002.

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

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

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The focus of instruction is on the development of basic communication skills in standard modern Hebrew. Speaking, writing, reading, and listening comprehension are emphasized in classroom activities in an appropriate cultural context. This course is taught in small sections. The final grade is based on class activities, students' presentations, written assignments, and unit tests: midterm and final. Class discussions and activities are exclusively in Hebrew.

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HJCS 101. Elementary Modern Hebrew, I.

Modern Hebrew: Language Courses

Section 003, 004.

Instructor(s): Milka Eliav

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

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~heb101/f00

The focus of instruction is on the development of basic communication skills in standard modern Hebrew. Speaking, writing, reading, and listening comprehension are emphasized in classroom activities in an appropriate cultural context. This course is taught in small sections. The final grade is based on class activities, students' presentations, written assignments, and unit tests: midterm and final. Class discussions and activities are exclusively in Hebrew.

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

General Near Eastern Studies

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

Instructor(s): Ralph G Williams (fiesole@umich.edu) , Alexander D Knysh (alknysh@umich.edu), Yaron Z Eliav (yzeliav@umich.edu)

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

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

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/acabs/200/001.nsf

See Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies 200.001.

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HJCS 201. Intermediate Modern Hebrew, I.

Modern Hebrew: Language Courses

Section 001, 002.

Instructor(s): Doron Lamm (dlamm@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: HJCS 102. (5). (LR).

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~heb101/f00

The focus of instruction is on the development of advanced language skills with an emphasis on oral and written communication and in standard modern Hebrew. In addition to reading texts, relevant cultural materials are provided through the use of video and technology based materials. This course is taught in small sections and class discussion. The final grade is based on class activities, students presentations, written assignments, and unit tests: midterm and final. Class discussions and activities are exclusively in Hebrew.

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HJCS 201. Intermediate Modern Hebrew, I.

Modern Hebrew: Language Courses

Section 003, 004.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: HJCS 102. (5). (LR).

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The focus of instruction is on the development of advanced language skills with an emphasis on oral and written communication and in standard modern Hebrew. In addition to reading texts, relevant cultural materials are provided through the use of video and technology based materials. This course is taught in small sections and class discussion. The final grade is based on class activities, students presentations, written assignments, and unit tests: midterm and final. Class discussions and activities are exclusively in Hebrew.

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HJCS 270 / JUDAIC 270. Introduction to Rabbinic Literature.

Judaic Cultural Studies in English

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Yaron Z Eliav

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The writings that comprise rabbinic literature are considered by many to be masterpieces of the ancient world (on a par with the Bible, New Testament, and the Classical Literature). This course will explore the history and substance of these writings on three levels. First, we will situate the rabbinic enterprise within a broader cultural, historical, and religious context. Second, we will examine the various genres that constitute rabbinic literature and get acquainted with the sages, an elite group of Jewish intellectuals, who created this corpus during the Roman and Byzantine periods. Finally, we will trace the gradual process in subsequent generations that shaped these texts to their current format and endowed them with their unique status. Readings for the course (which all include English translations) will introduce us to the complex world of the sages and help us understand the dynamics that shaped their literary venture.

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HJCS 276 / JUDAIC 205. Introduction to Jewish Civilizations and Culture.

General HJCS

Section 001 Meets with HJCS 576.001.

Instructor(s): Gabriele Boccaccini

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in HJCS 576. (4). (HU).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Judaic Studies 205.001.

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HJCS 301. Advanced Hebrew, I.

Modern Hebrew: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Edna A Coffin

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This is the third-year course within the Hebrew language sequence at the University of Michigan. As such, it constitutes a transitional stage from the lower levels in which the concern is with learning introductory grammar and acquisition of functional vocabulary to the more advanced levels in which we will focus on the more complex linguistic structures. At this level we will treat original texts which will serve as the jumping-off point for in-class discussion and the basis for composition of essays at home. The goal is to expose the student to a wide range of texts as a window unto "the Israeli Experience." The course will incorporate other communications media, e.g., material recorded on audio tape, video clips, and multi-media.

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HJCS 373 / JUDAIC 373. Israeli Culture and Society.

General HJCS

Section 001 BETWEEN WAR AND APOCALYPSE

Instructor(s): Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi

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

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

A comparison of literary representations of 'war' and 'catastrophe' or 'holocaust' as reflective of fundamentally opposite cultural constructs. We look briefly at the "poetry of lamentation" in the Bible and its transformation in modern Hebrew literature; the cultural spaces of the martyr and the hero; the claims of private vis-à-vis collective memory; the sites and performances of memory as they relate to the Holocaust and the modern Wars of Israel. We will look at the aesthetic and ethical vocabularies invoked in the shifting definitions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict between 'war' and 'apocalypse.' Brief comparisons are drawn with representations of war in classical Greek and in modern western literature. Contemporary Hebrew writers under consideration include David Grossman, Aharon Appelfeld, Dan Pagis, Yehoshua Sobol and a sampling of the 'war poets' and writers (S. Yizhar, Natan Alterman, Amir Gilboa, Yehuda Amichai, Dalia Ravikovitch).

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HJCS 395. Directed Undergraduate Readings.

Occasional Course

Instructor(s):

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.

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HJCS 471. Introduction to Modern Hebrew Literature, I.

Jewish Literature and Culture in Hebrew

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ruth Tsoffar (rtsoffar@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Hebrew 471 is an intensive introduction to Modern Hebrew literature. The purpose of the course is to read carefully a wide range of literary texts of different periods and different genres. The course will help to develop a theoretical framework in order to allow student to situate and respond critically to this body of literature. So along with studying specific strategies to articulate Israeli diversity of gender, religion, history and nationhood, we will discuss relevant issues such as colonialism, hybridity, orientalism and multiculturalism. The literary texts selected include Zionist and postZionist writers, women, Sephardic/Mizrahi Jews, and Palestinians.

An advanced knowledge of Hebrew required (completion of Hebrew 302 or Hebrew 402 or equivalent). Short essays, term paper or project. The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Graduate Students have additional assignments and are expected to write a longer and more theoretically-oriented paper.

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HJCS 478 / JUDAIC 468 / RELIGION 469. Jewish Mysticism.

Judaic Cultural Studies in English

Section 001.

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

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

Foreign 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.

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HJCS 491. Topics in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies.

Jewish Literature and Culture in English

Section 001 Post-Zionist Readings of Hebrew Fiction: Excluded Others Reshape Israeli Narrative. Meets with HJCS 591.001. Taught in Hebrew.

Instructor(s): Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Beginning with the short fiction of S.Y. Agnon, David Fogel an Duri N. Gnessin, we will proceed to a reading of [Yaacov Shabtai (Zikhron Devarim) if time permits], David Grossman (Ayen Erekh Ahava), Meir Shalev (Roman Russi), A.B. Yehoshua (Mar Mani), Orli Kastel-Blum (short fiction), and Anton Shammas (Arabesques). We will explore the ideological and aesthetic positions of these texts vis-à-vis the evolution of a territory-based, predominately modernist Hebrew literature and the ongoing debates over post-modernist attitudes and practices in late twentieth-century Israeli culture. We will focus on the emergence of a 'post-Zionist' culture out of a more direct encounter with repressed selves, muffled voices, and effaced events.

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HJCS 498. Senior Honors Thesis.

Occasional Course

Instructor(s):

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.

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HJCS 577 / JUDAIC 467 / RELIGION 471. Seminar: Topics in the Study of Judaism.

General HJCS

Section 001 The Year as Spiritual Practice: Models of Sacred Time in Jewish Mysticism.

Instructor(s): Elliot K 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 Kabbalistic and Hasidic mysticism: especially Zoharic Kabblah and 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 (Scholem, 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." Proficient knowledge of Hebrew is required for this course. Short essays, term paper or project.

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HJCS 591. Topics in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies.

Jewish Literature and Culture in English

Section 001 Post-Zionist Readings of Hebrew Fiction: Excluded Others Reshape Israeli Narrative. Meets with HJCS 491.001. Taught in Hebrew.

Instructor(s): Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies 491.001.

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