Religious Studies | Introduction to Judaism
R245 | 16529 | Magid, S.


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.