The identity of contemporary Jews is greatly diverse and consists of various elements including religion, culture and ethnicity. Starting with the present and reaching back towards the past, this course will offer a survey of the various forms of Judaism, the holidays and the liturgy.
The student will gain insight into the ever changing identities and manifestations of Jews and Judaism.
The student realizes that terms such as religious or secular do not sufficiently cover the varied and ever-changing lifestyles and forms of expression in Judaism.
The student is challenged to think about models used in the study of religion.
The answers to the exam questions should be clearly formulated and well argumented.
Mode of instruction
Weekly lectures and an excursion to the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam
Total course load: 140 hours (5 ecs x 28 hours).
Hours spent on attending lectures: 2 hours per week x 13 weeks = 26 hours
Excursion: 4 hours
Time for studying the compulsory literature: 55 hours
Time to write a paper (including reading / research) and prepare for the exam: 53 hours
Exam: 2 hours
a paper relating to the museum excursion to be handed in mid-semester 40%
written examination with essay questions at the end of the semester 60%
The minimum grade for the paper is 5.5 and for the examination 5. An average of 6 is the minimum passing grade for the course. Rewrites of the paper are to be submitted within 2 weeks after receiving a failing grade. A resit for the written examination is possible.
Blackboard will be used for registration as well as for course information, the weekly schedule, announcements, assignments and reading material.
E. van Voolen, Joods leven thuis en in de synagoge (Parthenon 2011) or H. Goldberg, Jewish Passages. Cycles of Jewish Life (University of California Press 2003) entire book.
M. Satlow, Creating Judaism. History, Tradition, Practice (Columbia University Press 2006) entire book.
B. Holtz, Back to the Sources (Touchstone 1984 and later) capita selecta
These books will be made available on the reserved book shelf in the University Library. However, as they are to be read in their entirety, students are expected to purchase them. Satlow is available online via internet and Goldberg is available online via the University Library.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
All queries should be posed to Prof. Frishman via her university email address.
Participation in the excursion to the Jewish Historical Museum as well as attending the film screenings are mandatory.