• Judaic Studies

  • Courses

    Judaic Studies courses (JUDS) are offered on the elementary, intermediate and advanced levels. Students are placed on the proper level by examination.

    Please see the Schedule of Classes for the current semester’s offerings.

    JUDS 1000 Introduction to Judaism
    3 credits

    One-semester survey of the material covered in Introduction to Judaism.

    JUDS 1001, 1002 Introduction to Judaism
    3 credits

    Basic Jewish concepts; analysis of the fundamental principles of Jewish legal history and thought.

    JUDS 1023; 1024 Jewish Legal Values and Concepts
    3 credits

    JUDS 1200 through 1250 Jewish Liturgy
    3 credits

    History, philosophy, and laws of Jewish prayer.

    JUDS 1201; 1202
    3 credits

    History, order, and structure of the prayer book. For intermediate students.

    JUDS 1203; 1204
    3 credits

    Same as 1201; 1202. For advanced students.

    JUDS 1210
    3 credits

    The weekday service.

    JUDS 1350 Introduction to the Kabbalah
    3 credits

    Jewish mysticism; history and development of the Kabbalah; readings from the Zohar and related works on such topics as the Sefirot, Torah, the world, evil, and eschatology.

    JUDS 1371; 1372 Hasidism
    3 credits

    History and major concepts, with readings from and analysis of classical texts such as the Baal Shem Tov, R. Jacob Joseph of Polonnoye, the Maggid, the Tanya, R. Nahman of Bratzlav, and R. Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev.

    JUDS 1381; 1382; 1383; 1384 Mussar
    3 credits

    The primacy of ethical conduct and the process of shaping the ethical personality in Judaism, as viewed through the prism of the various personalities and schools of the Mussar movement; primary and secondary sources are used. For advanced students in Jewish studies.

    JUDS 1400–1499 Jewish Laws and Customs
    Jewish laws, customs, and concepts; their history and development.

    JUDS 1401, 1402
    3 credits

    Introduction to sources, texts, terms, and basic concepts of Jewish law.

    JUDS 1410–1420 Women and Jewish Law
    2–3 credits

    JUDS 1424
    3 credits

    Visiting the sick and mourning.

    JUDS 1431
    3 credits

    Kashrut—for elementary-level students.

    JUDS 1433
    3 credits

    Kashrut—for intermediate-level students.

    JUDS 1435; 1436
    3 credits

    Kashrut—for advanced students.

    JUDS 1439
    3 credits

    Home and family—for elementary-level students.

    JUDS 1440
    3 credits

    Home and family—for intermediate-level students.

    JUDS 1443
    2–3 credits

    Home and family I (Hilkhot Niddah I); Jewish family purity sources—for upper intermediate-advanced students.

    JUDS 1444
    2–3 credits

    Home and Family II (Hilkhot Niddah II); Jewish family purity sources—for upper intermediate-advanced students.

    JUDS 1449,1450
    3 credits

    Marriage: issues and laws relating to dating and marriage; divorce—for advanced students.

    JUDS 1451
    The Sabbath—for elementary-level students.

    JUDS 1453, 1454
    The Sabbath—for intermediate-level students.

    JUDS 1455; 1456; 1457; 1458; 1459; 1460
    The Sabbath—for advanced students.

    JUDS 1461, 1462
    The Festivals—for elementary-level students.

    1463, 1464
    The Festivals—for intermediate-level students.

    JUDS 1465; 1466; 1467; 1468
    The Festivals—for advanced students.

    JUDS 1470S through 1479S Sephardic Laws and Customs
    Laws and customs of major Sephardic communities as compared to those of Ashkenazic communities.

    JUDS 1471S
    2-3 credits

    Origins and history of Sephardic minhagim.

    JUDS 1472S; 1473S
    2-3 credits

    The Sephardic life cycle.

    JUDS 1474S; 1475S
    2-3 credits

    Sephardic Sabbath and Festival minhagim.

    JUDS 1483; 1484
    3 credits

    The Jewish life cycle: laws and customs of major ritual observances and ceremonies in Jewish life.

    JUDS 1485; 1486; 1487; 1488
    3 credits

    Daily life in the home and synagogue: the laws and customs of Tefillin, Kriat Hatorah Betsibbur, Berakhot Rishonot, Berakhot Aharonot.

    JUDS 1489; 1490; 1491; 1492
    3 credits

    Interpersonal relationships (such as ethics, charity, slander, revenge, usury).

    JUDS 1493; 1494
    3 credits

    Ideological issues—for intermediate-level students.

    JUDS 1495; 1496
    3 credits

    Ideological issues—for advanced students.

    JUDS 1497; 1498
    3 credits

    The Land.

    JUDS 1499
    3 credits

    The structure of the Seudah.

    JUDS 1501; 1502; 1503; 1504 Topics in Jewish Ethics
    3 credits

    For advanced students.

    JUDS 1507; 1508 Topics in Jewish Law
    3 credits

    JUDS 1510 Development of Jewish Law
    3 credits

    One-semester survey of the material covered in 1511, 1512.

    JUDS 1511; 1512 Development of Jewish Law
    3 credits

    The halakhic process and the formulation of halakhic literature: from biblical literature through the Mishnah and Talmud; codification and Responsa; survey of post-Talmudic literature.

    JUDS 1521; 1522 Introduction to Gaonic Literature
    3 credits

    First semester: background of the Gaon and his authority; institutions and movements in the Gaonic period; second semester: extensive reading in Gaonic literature, including She’iltot de R. Ahai, siddurim, Gaonic Responsa. For advanced students in Jewish studies.

    JUDS 1531; 1532; 1533; 1534 Readings in Maimonides
    3 credits

    Selections from the legal codes and com¬mentaries of Maimonides; analysis of the legal methodology and philosophy of law emerging from his works. For advanced students in Jewish studies.

    JUDS 1561; 1562 Mishnah Berurah
    3 credits

    Selections from the Shulhan Arukh, with Mishnah Berurah commentary.

    JUDS 1571 through 1576 The Individual in Society
    3 credits

    Contemporary social and political problems such as ecology, poverty, welfare, and self-incrimination; emphasis on Jewish legal sources directly applicable to these issues.

    JUDS 1577 through 1610 Modern Jewish Problems
    Analysis of halakhic problems that are currently of special interest; modern Responsa literature and its historical background. For advanced students in Jewish studies.

    JUDS 1577; 1578; 1579; 1580
    3 credits

    Survey covering several areas.

    JUDS 1581 Medical Ethics
    3 credits


    JUDS 1582; 1583 Medical Ethics
    3 credits

    Beginning of life issues; end-of-life issues.

    JUDS 1584
    3 credits

    Legal problems in the State of Israel.

    JUDS 1585
    3 credits

    Problems related to marriage and personal status.

    JUDS 1586
    3 credits

    Impact of technology on laws of the Sabbath and Festivals.

    JUDS 1587
    3 credits

    The Holocaust—life of the Jews under the Nazis: such problems as the value of human life and human dignity.

    JUDS 1591 Topics in Jewish Civil Law
    3 credits

    The following topics, among others, as treated in Jewish law: Eichmann defense (i.e., obedience to orders as a basis for exoneration from criminal responsibility); double jeopardy and entrapment in the attempt to control criminals; the obligation to prevent injury to other persons, and its limits.

    JUDS 1601 Intellect and Emotion
    2-3 credits

    JUDS 1602 Ethics of Truth
    2–3 credits

    The status of Jerusalem in Christianity, Islam and Judaism; the status of non-observant Jews in Jewish law and tradition; the ethics of truth-telling in Jewish law and tradition.

    JUDS 1603 Women and Jewish Ritual
    2–3 credits

    Bat Mitzvah, Kaddish, Birkhat haGomel, mechitzah.

    JUDS 1603 1604 Amalek and Messianism
    2–3 credits

    Halakhah and morality in Modern times; Chrisitanity, Islam and Judaism: history, religion and contemporary significance; contemporary theological significance of the State of Israel; Messianism in Jewish tradition.

    JUDS 1820 through 1829 Mishnah
    Text with classical and modern commentaries.

    JUDS 1821 Women in the Mishnah
    2-3 credits

    JUDS 1839; 1840 Introduction to Talmud
    3 credits

    Introduction to Talmudic text and commentaries. For intermediate and advanced students in Jewish studies.

    JUDS 1841; 1842 Introduction to Talmud I; II
    3 credits

    JUDS 1843; 1844 Intermediate Talmud
    3 credits

    Selected Talmudic texts with medieval and modern commentaries; emphasis on methodology. For advanced students in Jewish studies.

    JUDS 1845; 1846; 1847; 1848 Advanced Talmud
    3–5 credits

    Selected Talmudic texts with medieval and modern commentaries; emphasis on methodology; beit midrash method of small-group study supplements lectures. For advanced students in Jewish studies.

    JUDS 1851; 1852; 1853; 1854 Selected Rabbinic Literature
    2–3 credits

    Selections from fundamental rabbinic texts of the medieval and early modern periods.

    JUDS 1861; 1862; 1863; 1864 Modern Rabbinic Personalities
    3 credits

    Leading rabbinic figures during the 19th and 20th centuries.

    JUDS 1871; 1872; 1873; 1874 Selections from Midrash
    3 credits

    Readings from aggadic literature. For advanced students in Jewish studies.

    JUDS 4901, 4902 Independent Study
    See Academic Information and Policies section.

    JUDS 4931; 4932; 4933; 4934 Selected Topics
    3 credits

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