Spotlight on Classes

There are many ways to enter Jewish studies. One of the best is the study of Hebrew. This spring, the Modern Languages and Comparative Literature department offers intensive and regular Hebrew courses, including Fundamentals of Modern Hebrew 2 (LH112), Intensive First-Year Hebrew (LH139), Intermediate Modern Hebrew 2 (LH212), but also a course on Israeli Culture through Film (in English translation) (LH283) and Israeli Popular Music (LH330) . If that’s not enough, check out one of the introductory level classes offered by the Department of Religion, where you can study Judaism by itself (RN216) or in comparative perspective (Western Religions RN104, Holy City: Jerusalem in Time, Space and the Imagination RN220).

Connoisseurs and advanced students may want to check out one of the following classes: Jewish Mystical Movements from 1492 to 2000 (RN326/626) and, in the area of Jewish philosophy, Maimonides (RN420/720) and Modern Jewish Thought (RN329/629). For students interested in cultural history and religious practice we offer a course on Gender and Judaism (RN337). Two of our spring classes deal with topics in Holocaust studies, namely, Representations of the Holocaust in Literature and Film (RN 385) and Jewish Bioethics (RN439/739).

New in spring 2014:

We are hosting Thomas Meyer, Visiting Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, a specialist in modern German Jewish intellectual history and Continental philosophy. Professor Meyer, who is currently working on a critical biography of political philosopher Leo Strauss, will teach an introduction to Modern Jewish Thought (CASRN329/629), and a topics in philosophy and religion course devoted to the 1929 Davos Hochschultage debate between Ernst Cassirer and Martin Heidegger (CASRN397/697, CASPH456/656, STHTT819).

A full list of spring 2014 classes is at