Winter 2019

Judaic Studies | Winter 2019 courses
(Schedule is subject to change)


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NEW! JST 399 Fantasy and Faith (mini-course)

JST/HST 318U Jewish History II: From the Middle Ages to the Present

JST 324U: Historical Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

JST/HST 379U: History of Zionism

HEB 102: First-Year Hebrew, Term 2

HEB 301: Third-Year Hebrew, Term 2



   JST 399 Fantasy and Faith mini-course (2 credits)

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Weingrad
TIME/DAY(S): FOUR SUNDAYS: 1/13, 1/27, 2/10, 2/24, 1pm-6pm
CRN: 44058

No storytelling genres today command more passion, more enthusiasm, and more box office revenue than fantasy and science fiction. In part, this is because fantasy and its sister genres are ways of thinking about religious questions. For some, they are even substitutes for traditional religious faith. This course explores the role of religion in fantasy literature, Christian and Jewish fantasy writers, and the ways that fantasy looks for magic and meaning in a modern, disenchanted world. In addition to reading classic fantasy novels by C. S. Lewis and Hope Mirrlees, you will read shorter texts by J. R. R. Tolkien and other writers, look at examples drawn from film and television, learn about current trends in speculative fiction in Israel, and write a final paper on a fantasy novel of your choice that contends with religious narratives and beliefs.




   JST/HST 318U Jewish History II: From the Middle Ages to the Present

TIME/DAY(S): Mon/Wed, 2pm-3:50pm
CRN: 44056/41460

How do you tell the story of a people dispersed over much of the world with no obvious political, economic, or military history? Dive into a rich world of religious, cultural, and social developments, and understand how a tiny minority not only survived centuries of sometimes hostile environments but even found places for incredible flourishing and creativity. This survey of Jewish history explores (among many other topics) Jewish-Muslim-Christian relations in the “Golden Age” of medieval Spain, medieval Jewish philosophy, the Crusader massacres of German Jewish communities, the many factors leading to the expulsions of Jews from Spain and other western European countries, the rich and flourishing Jewish cultures that emerged in Eastern Europe and the Ottoman Empire, the struggle for equal rights in 19th-century Europe, intercontinental migrations on a massive scale, the emergence of a Jewish community in the U.S., the Holocaust, and the establishment of the State of Israel.

Prepare to be surprised by: homoerotic Hebrew poetry in the Middle Ages… an antisemitic cartoon from medieval England… a Renaissance-era Jewish messianic figure who converted to Islam… anarchist balls on Yom Kippur… Stalinist Yiddish poetry… and much more.

This course has no prerequisites. University Studies cluster: Global Perspectives.



   JST 324U: Historical Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

Moses with tablets rendered as legos

INSTRUCTOR: Loren Spielman
TIME/DAY(S): Tue/Thu 2pm-3:50pm
CRN: 44057

Curious about the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament? Where does it come from and what does it contain? What historical information can be learned from the Biblical stories of Abraham, Moses, David and Solomon?  This course investigates these issues while surveying the contents of the Hebrew Bible, also known as the Old Testament.  We will examine some of the more famous stories in the Hebrew Bible in an academic environment with special attention to its literary and historical developments.  We will examine the connections between the Hebrew Bible and contemporary Ancient Near Eastern literature and compare their different world views.  We will also discuss the various sources and traditions of Israelite religion and engage with Biblical ideas about community, sanctity, social justice, prophesy, wisdom, and the nature of human suffering. University Studies cluster: Interpreting the Past.


   JST/HST 379U: History of Zionism

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Weingrad
TIME/DAY(S): Mon/Wed 12:00-1:50pm
CRN: 41627/41474 

Nationalism is very much in the news. But what is a nation? And what is the Jewish nation? This course will explore the ideas and visions that shaped the modern Israeli state. We will examine the sources and contexts of the emergence of Zionism, its theorists and philosophers, its actualization in the State of Israel, and its various achievements, contradictions, challenges, and lessons for us today. The class includes a variety of sources, including film, literature, memoirs, political philosophy, and historiography. 

Required texts: Steven Grosby, Nationalism: A Very Short Introduction; Yossi Klein Halevi, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor

University Studies cluster: Global Perspectives.



  HEB 102: First-Year Hebrew

INSTRUCTOR: Moshe Rachmuth
TIME/DAY(S): Mon/Wed/Fri  10:15am-11:20am
CRN: 44115 

Introduction to modern Hebrew; emphasis on basic grammar, syntax, noun and verb formation, listening and reading comprehension, translation, writing, and speaking. For nonnative speakers of Hebrew only. This is the second course in a sequence of three: Heb 101, Heb 102, Heb 103.


  HEB 302: Third-Year Hebrew

Hebrew writing
INSTRUCTOR: Moshe Rachmuth
TIME/DAY(S): Mon/Wed/Fri 2:00pm-3:05pm
CRN: 41406 

HEB 302 emphasizes modern media Hebrew. Translation and writing. Recommended prerequisite: Heb 203. For non-native speakers of Hebrew only. This is the second course in a sequence of two: Heb 301, Heb 302.