Fall Course Guide

Near Eastern Studies

Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies (HJCS) (Division 389)

Fall Term, 1998 (September 8-December 21, 1998)

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Hebrew Placement Test
2072 Frieze
Friday, Sept. 4th
9:00-12:00 pm

Sessions for Placement Problems in Hebrew
2072 Frieze
Friday, Sept. 11th
1:00-4:00 pm

Test for those who wish to place out and/or want to get credit for Hebrew.
2072 Frieze
Wednesday, Sept. 16th
1:30-4:00 pm

100(GNE 100)/AAPTIS 100/ACABS 100/Hist. 132. Peoples of the Middle East. (4). (HU).
See AAPTIS 100. (Babayan)
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101(Hebrew 201). Elementary Modern Hebrew, I. (5). (LR).
The focus of instruction is on the development of basic communication skills in standard modern Hebrew. Speaking, writing, reading an 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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200(Hebrew 200)/Rel. 201/ACABS 200/AAPTIS 200. Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern. (4). (HU).
See Religion 201. (Williams, Jackson, Schramm)
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201(Hebrew 301). Intermediate Modern Hebrew, I. HJCS 102. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Hebrew 311. (5). (LR).
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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270/Judaic Studies 270. Introduction to Rabbinic Literature. (3). (HU).
Rabbinic Literature, commonly referred to as "oral law", was the basis of Jewish culture for almost 2,000 years and a basic knowledge of it is a prerequisite for any study of Jewish life and/or literature until modern times. This course will examine the concept of oral law and focus on the written sources of the "oral law", from the time of the Second Temple until the exile from Spain, emphasizing the way these texts relate to their predecessors and have influenced their successors. (Tabory)
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296/Judaic Studies 296/Rel. 296. Perspectives on the Holocaust. (4). (HU).
A study of the Holocaust as a historical event and its impact on Jewish thought and culture. We first survey the historical context: the European Jewish community on the eve of the destruction, and the events leading up to and culminating in that destruction. We will then focus on inner Jewish (and gentile) reactions to the Holocaust, and broader philosophical and ethical implications. We ask: What are the problems (moral, emotional, conceptual) in reading and writing about the Holocaust? What are its implications for those of us who come "after"? The course is also a meditation on visions of the Other, on ethnic-religious hatred, tolerance, and healing. Memoirs, poetry, fiction, psychological literature, as well as conversations with survivors. Take-home midterm; final exam; 5-8 page paper; journal. Cost:3-4 WL:1 (Ginsburg)
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301(Hebrew 401). Advanced Hebrew, I. HJCS 202. (3). (Excl).
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. Prerequisites: completion of Hebrew 202 or equivalent. WL:3 (Bernstein)
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373(Hebrew 373)/Judaic Studies 373. Israeli Culture and Society. (3). (SS).
This course is offered in English. It involves an intensive writing component-the compilation of the dialectical journal in which students will compose a two-page response to the assigned reading for each class session. Israel as a newborn nation-state offers us the opportunity to study a culture in formation, a culture formed from both indigenous Middle Eastern elements and the contributions of immigrants from Jewish communities from all over the world. Attention will be focused on the different bases of Israeli identity which give rise to a society defined by its cleavages, and the resultant tensions arising within such a society. The analysis will include a consideration of the ways in which the particular and peculiar history of the state of Israel are reflected in the national culture. The course will adopt a multi-disciplinary approach encompassing historical, sociological, literary and cultural studies. Cost:2 WL:4 (Bernstein)
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401(Hebrew 403). Hebrew of the Communications Media, I. HJCS 202. (3). (Excl).
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, that 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. (Coffin)
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472(Hebrew 452). Introduction to Modern Hebrew Literature, II. HJCS 302. (3). (HU).
Section 001 The Land of Israel in Modern Hebrew Culture.
A selection of readings from Israeli literature. Discussion of the texts and their ideological and geographic context. (Schwarz)
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477(GNE 478)/Judaic Studies 478/Rel. 478. Modern Jewish Thought. (3). (Excl).
An exploration of selected 20th century Jewish thinkers and their response to the crisis of modernity (and post-modernity): the breakdown of traditional Jewish culture and its system of meaning; the encounter with, and assimilation of, Western culture; the impact of the traumas of World War I and the Holocaust; and the contemporary quest for intimacy and tikkun, or "healing." Authors studied include Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, A. J. Heschel, and the radical theologian Richard Rubenstein; the Hebrew authors Bialik and Agnon; the feminist theologian Judith Plaskow; and the mystically inflected work of Arthur Green. Lecture and discussion; take-home midterm; 10-15 page paper; final. Cost:3 WL:1 (Ginsburg)
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491. Topics in HJCS. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.
Section 002 Jewish Prayer in its Historic Context
Contact between human beings and the Divine has generally been confined to revelation in which the Divine talks to man, and prayer, in which man talks to the Divine. The first part of this course will discuss how Jews have prayed throughout their history, beginning with the Biblical period and continuing to the modern era, showing how each Jewish community (Ashkenazim, Sephardim and their subsets) has created its own version of the prayer tradition. The second part of the course will deal with the common daily prayers, following the order of the prayer book, explaining the nature and meaning of each prayer and showing how these have changed throughout the generations. (Tabory)
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493(Hebrew 530). Structure of Hebrew. (3). (Excl).
Introduction to the structure and analysis of Spoken and Literary Hebrew. Emphasis is on current usages in Modern Hebrew. The history and characteristic features of different stages of Hebrew will also be included, from biblical and pre-modern Hebrew to the current Israeli Hebrew. The course will consist of linguistic considerations and practical applications. (Coffin)
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543(Hebrew 548)/ACABS 543. The Bible in Jewish Tradition. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
A seminar dealing with the development, canonization, transmission, and the reading of the biblical text as a foundation document for Jewish Civilization, with reference to the classical interpretations found in Midrash, the Targumin, and the medieval commentators. Grade will be determined by performance in class, an exam, and a brief research/seminar report. (Schramm)
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545(Hebrew 543). Medieval Jewish Literature. HJCS 302. (3). (Excl).
Readings of medieval genres, including secular and liturgical poetry, the romance and prose narratives. Discussions will center on literacy innovations and the role of medieval Hebrew literature within the context of the history of Western European literature. A term paper and a seminar report is a course requirement. Cost:1 (Schramm)
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571(Hebrew 551). Israeli Literature, I. HJCS 302. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of six credits.
Section 001 The Hebrew Literature of the Holocaust: The "First" and "Second" Generations.
The major emphasis on this seminar will be on the works of Aharon Appelfeld. (Schwarz)
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