Winter '00 Course Guide

Courses in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies (Division 389)

Winter Term, 2000 (January 5 April 26, 2000)

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HJCS 102. Elementary Modern Hebrew, II.

Language Courses

Section 001, 002.

Instructor(s): Cobi Sacerdoti (yaakovas@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: HJCS 101. (5). (LR).

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Continuation of the development of basic communication skills of reading, writing, and speaking modern standard Hebrew. Class drills, class discussions in Hebrew, language laboratory drills.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 4

HJCS 102. Elementary Modern Hebrew, II.

Language Courses

Section 003, 004.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: HJCS 101. (5). (LR).

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Continuation of the development of basic communication skills of reading, writing, and speaking modern standard Hebrew. Class drills, class discussions in Hebrew, language laboratory drills.

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HJCS 202. Intermediate Modern Hebrew, II.

Language Courses

Section 001, 002.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: HJCS 201. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Hebrew 312. (5). (LR).

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The focus of instruction will be on the four language skills with a continued emphasis on oral work and writing. In addition to continued study of morphology and syntax, some readings selections in fiction and non-fiction prose will be introduced.

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HJCS 202. Intermediate Modern Hebrew, II.

Language Courses

Section 003, 004.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: HJCS 201. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Hebrew 312. (5). (LR).

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The focus of instruction will be on the four language skills with a continued emphasis on oral work and writing. In addition to continued study of morphology and syntax, some readings selections in fiction and non-fiction prose will be introduced.

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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.

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HJCS 296/Judaic Studies 296/Rel. 296. Perspectives on the Holocaust.

Jewish Literature and Culture in English

Section 001.

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

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

R&E Foriegn Lit

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 3-4 Waitlist Code: 1

HJCS 302. Advanced Hebrew, II.

Language Courses

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: HJCS 301. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is a continuation of the Hebrew sequence comprising the second term of the third-year Hebrew class. (Participation in Hebrew 301 offered in the previous term is not required if the student is at the advanced level.) The focus will be on developing proficiency in all five languages skills. Student participation is an essential part of the course. Readings will include short works of fiction as well as journalistic pieces. This will be supplemented by other media including music, video, recordings, readings, etc. Students' grades will be determined on the basis of assignments, participation (including in-class presentations), and a final exam.

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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.

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HJCS 402. Hebrew of the Communications Media, II.

Language Courses

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Emphasis is on reading and listening and viewing comprehension. There is a particular emphasis on the expansion of vocabulary in the domain of current events and the development of discussion skills. Course materials are based on the social genre of the communications media (newspapers and television). Unedited newspaper selections will be read, and news broadcasts and television programs will be used in the class in the language laboratory. Grades will be based on two exams and special projects.

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HJCS 472. Introduction to Modern Hebrew Literature, II.

Jewish Literature and Culture in Hebrew

Section 001 Israeli Literature and Film: Narrative and Counter narratives

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to contemporary Israeli literatures and films while at the same time to develop a theoretical framework that approach these as part of Israeli cultural production. So along with studying specific strategies to articulate Israeli diversity of gender, religion, history and nationhood, we will discuss relevant issues related to cultural studies such as colonialism, hybridity, Orientalism, and multiculturalism. The texts and films selected include a wide range of works by and about the Zionist pioneers, the second generation of immigrants to Israel, Holocaust survivors, women, Sephardic/Mizrahi Jews and Palestinians.

This course is open to undergraduates and graduate students. Graduate students have additional assignments and are expected to write a longer and more theoretically-oriented paper.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 4

HJCS 491. Topics in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies.

Jewish Literature and Culture in English

Section 001 Making the World a Better Place: Gittin, Mishna and Passages of the Babylonian Talmud.

Instructor(s): Moshe Herr (mdherr@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

A study of Mishna Tractate Gittin, chapters 4-5 (decrees and ordinances preventing bad legal consequences), together with some passages of the Babylonian Talmud, same tractate and same chapters. Students should be able to read texts in Hebrew with the aid of an English translation.

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HJCS 491. Topics in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies.

Jewish Literature and Culture in English

Section 002 The Encounter Between Jews and Muslims In the Middle Ages. Meets with AAPTIS 491.001.

Instructor(s): Isaac Hollander (iholland@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies 491.001.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 4

HJCS 491. Topics in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies.

Jewish Literature and Culture in English

Section 003 Jewish and Christian Polemics in the First Four Centuries (30-400 C.E.) Meets with Religion 402.002

Instructor(s): Moshe Herr (mdherr@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

A study of Jewish attitude vis-à-vis Christians and Christianity between 70-395 C.E. according to Rabbinic literature, set against the background of Christian polemical attitude towards Jews and Judaism. The various stages of Jewish polemics against early Christianity will be fully discussed and evaluated. These polemics will also be compared to pagan Greco-Roman polemics against early Christianity. This course is intended for students of Near Eastern Studies, Judaic Studies, Religious Studies, and Ancient History Studies.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 4

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.

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HJCS 572. Israeli Literature, II.

Jewish Literature and Culture in Hebrew

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: HJCS 302. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is run on a seminar basis and is based on a selection of contemporary Israeli works of fiction, films, and plays. Emphasis is on readings, discussion, and analyses. Contemporary short stories, novels, poems, and plays serve as the basis for discussion. Grades will be based on written and oral assignments and two examinations. Advanced knowledge of Hebrew is required for the course.

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

Jewish Literature and Culture in English

Section 001 Models of Jewish Renewal.

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

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

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This seminar explores several key examples of Jewish spiritual questing and renewal in the 20th century. Among the sources to be explored are Martin Buber and this theology of the holiness of relationship (pan-sacramental urge); the communitarian "religion of labor" and longing for wholeness developed by early Zionist writers and kibbutzniks; the intentional community around Kalonymous Kalman Shapira, the rebbe of the Warsaw ghetto, who developed a mystical fellowship and practice of soul-quieting/silence that bears interesting parallels to Vipassana mediation. Over half the course will be devoted to works (texts, memoirs, theology, devotional music) emerging from the so-called "Jewish renewal movement," which seeks sources as diverse as feminism, deep ecology, East Asian contemplative traditions, and "the politics of meaning." Authors to read include Arthur Green, Arthur Waskow, Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Judith Plaskow, Tikkun magazine editor Michael Lerner, Tirzah Firestone, Sylvia Boorstein, and Rodger Kamenetz. (These latter figures explore the growing contemporary interchange between certain Buddhist and Jewish practices). We ask: how do these experiments alter/depart from/up-end/deepen traditional Jewish practices and spiritual direction? In so doing we raise questions regarding the multi-form shape and volatile nature of "Judaism" at the turn of the 21st century. As a final counterpart (or exclamation point), we will explore examples of engaged Orthodox renewal, and the spiritual skepticism and quest of Leon Wieseltier.

The course is conducted as a seminar, with a good deal of give-and-take. It calls for both intellectual rigor and engagement: to understand Judaism not only as "argument" but as "deep song". Occasional film, music, and examples of contemplative practice will deepen our inquiry. Background in Judaic Studies or the study of Religion (including contemplative traditions) is helpful. Short essays, term paper.

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