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Fall Academic Term 2002 Course Guide

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Courses in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies


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Fall Academic Term, 2002 (September 3 - December 20)


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

General Near Eastern Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gary M Beckman (sidd@umich.edu)

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

R&E Foreign Lit

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

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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): Paula Weizman (pauliw@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Sections 001 and 002 of Modern Elementary Hebrew I are geared for students with minimal or no background and experience in Hebrew. The focus of instruction is on learning the alphabet and developing basic speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills in modern Hebrew. 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 (milka@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 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), Sherman Jackson (sajackso@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/2002/fall/religion/201/001.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: 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 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 Reading the Rabbis. Meets with HJCS 592.001 and Judaic 500.009.

Instructor(s): Yaron Z Eliav (yzeliav@umich.edu)

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 301. Advanced Hebrew, I.

Modern Hebrew: Language Courses

Section 001.

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

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 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 401. Hebrew of the Communications Media, I.

Modern Hebrew: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The social genre of the communications media (newspaper and television) serves as the basis for discussion of current events, readings, and writing tasks. Unedited newspaper selections and television news broadcasts provide the basis for classroom activities. Special projects, in the form of debates and individual presentations, constitute an important part of the course activities, and are designed to enhance speech and communication. The final grade is based on class activities, students' presentations, written assignments, and two examinations: midterm and final. Class discussions and activities are exclusively in Hebrew.

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HJCS 471. Introduction to Modern Hebrew Literature, I.

Jewish Literature and Culture in Hebrew

Section 001 Taught in Hebrew.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The thematic focus of this introductory course to Hebrew literature is Home and the way it figures as a national, religious, secular, collective, or ethnic metaphor. What has the Home become for second and third generation of Diaspora Jews? How is the notion of being home or being in exile articulated in the literature through writing on issues of territory, nativity, exile, or subjectivity? Do women or children write differently about the concept of Home? In this course, we will read a wide range of literary texts of different periods and genres, focusing on the aesthetics and poetics of Hebrew, discussing the relevant issues in Jewish/Israeli history and culture. This course will be taught in Hebrew.

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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 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 Emotions and Senses in Judaism. Working knowledge of Hebrew desirable.

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.

The ways in which human communities understand, express, repress, intimate and explain their emotions are stunningly varied. Laws, customs, song, ritual life, e.g., all serve to simultaneously give vent to the emotions and to control their chaos. This seminar will explore dynamics of emotional expression with special emphasis on the Jewish tradition. We will explore some of the following: joy, brokenheartedness, fear, wonder, awe, grief, disgust, shame, expiation, love (ecstatic and contained, filial and erotic), wholeness, equanimity, acceptance, rage, regret (that complex amalgam of feeling and cognition); as well as those "mixed" emotions that contain shifting measures of emptiness and fullness: longing, anticipation, savoring. We will explore how these emotions are framed, nurtured, celebrated, and denied in Jewish devotional and literary sources, as well as in cross-cultural and theoretical writings. We use the category "emotion" to investigate Judaism, and use "Judaism" to ask questions about human emotion. Throughout, we will explore the role played by the senses (vision deep seeing, chanting and attentive listening, smell and breath, touch and movement) in shaping the world of feeling and in mobilizing and concentrating desire. We will thus uncover how the senses may serve as both gateway to and metaphor for the spiritual path. Previous coursework in Judaism or the study of Religion strongly recommended. Working knowledge of Hebrew desirable. Brief weekly essays (2 pp.) and a term paper/project.

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HJCS 592. Seminar in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies.

Jewish Literature and Culture in English

Section 001 Reading the Rabbis. Second year proficiency in Hebrew is a prerequisite. Meets with HJCS 270.001 and Judaic 500.009.

Instructor(s): Yaron Z Eliav (yzeliav@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This is an intensive graduate seminar in rabbinic literature that requires approx. 150-200 pages of reading each week. Second year proficiency in Hebrew is a prerequisite. Students will attend HJCS 270 Introduction to Rabbinic Literature and meet all the assignments of that course. In addition the seminar will meet separately once every two weeks for an intensive reading session in the original language (time will be determined in class), during which we will read through the entire Mishnah and Tosefta. Students will also be asked to read 5-7 scholarly books and write a short paper about two.

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