JUDAIC 417 - Topics in Judaic Studies
Winter 2022, Section 003 - Life and Time of Abraham Joshua Heschel
Instruction Mode: Section 003 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This seminar is devoted to unpacking and critically exploring the extraordinary life and work of Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972), one of the most significant Jewish theologians and religious figures of the last century. Thinker and mystic; scholar of rabbinic and Jewish mysticism; Yiddish-language poet, ethicist and controversial social activist, Heschel bridged the worlds of East European Hasidism, Weimar culture, and 1960’s political engagement. In this seminar, we will interweave biography and cultural history, with a close reading of his central theological, devotional and topical works (ranging from God in Search of Man; The Sabbath; Kotzk; and Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity). In the closing weeks of the course, we will explore Heschel’s influence on contemporary theology, and issues of spirituality, education and ecology, and social justice). While the required reading will be in English, the instructor will make available Heschel’s works in the original German, Yiddish, and Hebrew, as well.

Course Requirements:

Weekly reflections; one short essay; and one term paper or project

Intended Audience:

Advanced undergraduate and graduate students in Religion, Literature, Folklore, and Judaic Studies

Class Format:

One three-hour meeting weekly


JUDAIC 417 - Topics in Judaic Studies
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001 (REC)
 In Person
Tu 2:00PM - 5:00PM
003 (SEM)
 In Person

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