Introduction to Judaism

This class offers an overview of Jewish holidays and life cycle observances, rituals, prayer and liturgy, sacred texts, beliefs and values. We will discuss and explore the meaning of primary Jewish texts on each of these topics.

The class is open to non-Jews and Jews interested in learning more about Judaism. Part 2 of the class, which will examine Jewish history, is offered in the spring.

Below are handouts from the course. Keep checking this page as handouts are posted periodically.

FALL 2017

Session 1

Syllabus

The Jewish Calendar

Jewish Calendar - Sources

Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur Glossary

Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur Texts

Gathering Around the Rosh HaShanah Table

Session 2

Blessings for Sukkot

Order of the Seder

The Three Pilrimage Festivals

Session 3

Shabbat - the Jewish Sabbath

Welcoming Shabbat

Take a Day of Rest

Shabbat Texts

Minor Holidays and Fast Days

Chanukah

Purim

Session 4

Jewish Scriptures

Jewish Texts

Tanakh

Tanakh 2

Session 5

Brachot 2a

From the Talmud and the Internet

Midrash

Order Nezikin

Rabbinic Literature – The Oral Torah

Shemot

Talmud page

Session 6

Brachot 2a

From the Talmud and the Internet

Midrash

Order Nezikin

The Oral Torah

Shemot

Talmud Page

Session 7

God, Suffering, and Evil

Session 8

A Taste of Judaism: Israel - Community

A Taste of Judaism - Bibliography - Israel

SPRING 2018

Session 1

Syllabus

History and Memory

Session 2

Biblical History Part I - Abraham and Moses

Session 3

Jewish History - Joshua - Ezra

Session 4

Biblical History Part III - Greece and Rome

Session 5

Judaism and Jesus

Session 6

Rabbinic Judaism and Karaism

Session 7

Sephardic Judaism

Session 8

Judaism and the Modern World

The Assembly of Jewish Notables

Session 9

American Jewish History

Session 10

Quotes

The Balfour Declaration

The Declaration

War Maps

Zionism and Israel

 

 

 

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Introduction to Judaism