Religious Studies | Introduction to Judaism
R245 | 3767 | Copulsky


This course offers a general introduction to Judaism, its beliefs and practices.  Through an analysis of primary sources and
reference to diverse secondary materials, we will encounter Judaism not as a fixed religious system, but rather as a dynamic
tradition, in which innovation and change emerge through a relationship and dialogue with the past. Topics will include Scripture
and commentary, ritual and liturgy, life cycles and festivals.  We will also attend to the ways in which the Jewish tradition has
responded to the challenges posed by modernity.  Requirements: Two exams, a final, and periodic quizzes.