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Jewish Studies January 2022 Seminar

Jewish Studies January 2022 Seminar

Jewish Studies Seminar Courses

January 2022 Seminar Webconferencing Courses

Online Sunday, January 9—Thursday, January 13, 2022

Join faculty and fellow students to learn together in real time. These two new courses, taught by outstanding faculty, fulfill requirements for students enrolled in Spertus Institute's Jewish Studies MA and Doctoral programs. 

Contact Spertus Institute Registrar Victoria Blum at vblum@spertus.edu if you have questions relating to your registration.


Pick one course and register at the link below.

Spertus Course: The Jewish Family

THE JEWISH FAMILY FROM THE BIBLE TO TODAY 
Taught by Dr. Rachel Havrelock

Course 3376 | 3 quarter-hour credits
Fulfills MAJS Elective, MAJS 2nd-Level Core, DSJS/DHL Text Course, or DSJS Elective

Meets via Zoom 10 am-12 pm and 2 pm -4:15 pm CT
     Special Tuesday hours 10 am-1 pm CT
Sunday-Thursday, January 9-13, 2022

Join Dr. Rachel Havrelock, Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago, for a fascinating investigation of families and familial roles in the Bible, in all their complexity, complete with alliances and competition that mirror the political world. Explore representations of the family in rabbinic texts, Jewish art, and literature, all with an eye toward how biblical and early family roles influence later conceptions of Jewish mothers, fathers, grandparents, and children.

PROTESTING GOD IN THE RABBINIC WORLD
Taught by Dr. Dov Weiss 

Course 3375 | 3 quarter-hour credits
Fulfills MAJS Elective, DSJS/DHL Text Course, or DSJS Elective

Meets via Zoom 10 am-12 pm and 2 pm -4:15 pm CT 
Special Tuesday hours 10 am-1 pm CT
Sunday-Thursday, January 9-13, 2022

What drove the rabbis to protest against God? What literary methods did they use to launch their frustrations? What do their protests tell us about their conception of God? Join Dr. Dov Weiss, Associate Professor Jewish Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to explore of the theme of protesting God. The course will focus on the Midrashic collections (3rd to 8th centuries CE), considering the distinctiveness of Midrashic content and reflecting on the methodological issues involved in the study of this classic corpus.

Choose your course by November 15, 2021


Main image top: Jewish family portrait 1948, Budapest, FOTO:FORTEPAN / Hámori Gyula.
Image immediately above: Wrestling with God by Ruelson Bruce Lee.

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