Introduction to Judaism
A Zoom invitation will be sent out each week.
Our Zoom meetings will be recorded and posted in the Discussion Forum for the week
shortly after the class meeting.
Update May 12th: I've updated descriptions of the assignments in accordance with what we've discussed, with one exception which I'll discuss during class. We can also discuss any further questions you have.
Instructor: Pamela Eisenbaum
N.B. Please contact me using Canvas messaging.
This course serves as a basic introduction to Judaism in terms of its history, people, culture, and religious practices and beliefs. It therefore assumes no significant knowledge of Judaism and that most if not all students are not Jewish. We meet each Wednesday
Judaism: A Very Short Introductio
n (New York: Oxford, 2006) 978-0-19-154008-0 Permalink in DU collection:
History, Tradition, Practice
(Columbia University Press, 2006) 978-0231134897
Judaism’s Ten Best Ideas
(Jewish Lights, 2014) 978-1580238038
Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition
After Auschwitz: History, Theology, and Contemporary Judaism
Johns Hopkins, 1992)
Other readings will be either be accessible electronically and available in the week's forum when they are assigned.
Update on obtaining reading materials 04-01-20:
The library has online copies of the first two books. If you use the library's online copy, I ask that you not download any parts of it, because that may prohibit others' access. Instead, please read it online at Ebsco (the vendor). You will need to purchase the other books, i.e. those by Green, Nirenberg, and Rubenstein. All of them are available in electronic form except the Rubenstein book.
Quizzes 25% (there are two; they are not yet visible)
Presentation on a Primary Text 15%
Final Paper/Project 35%
|May 28, 2020||Thu||Final Paper or Presentation||due by 05:59AM|