I. Who Wrote the Torah?
Your Goals; Hillel–Shamai Controversy; Course Objectives and Expectations
Contradictions in B'reishit
Sh'mot Chapter 14 and Source Criticism
Four Branches of American Judaism
Torah Mi-Sinai Range of Views
Text Criticism: Rav Kalman v. Reuven Malter
December 2December 9
Spinoza as Amcha
DBQ Due: Analyze how traditional and critical commentators interpret a Torah passage and explain what difference the approaches make.
What Is the Conservative Basis for Egalitarianism?
Is Eyshet Chayil Sexist?
Women and Kippot, Men and Candles
Area III: Sexuality
Is the Tanakh Puritanical?
Translating Shir HaShirim
Yetzer Hara: Rabbinic Sources
Sex as Yetzer Tov
Is Abortion in the Torah?
Mishnah, Rashi, and Rambam on Abortion
Conservative Halakhah on Abortion and Miscarriage
Tattoos and Body-piercing
Same-gender Sex in Torah
Trembling Before God, DVD Excerpt
Conservative Decisions on Homosexuality
Opinion Due: Do Judaism’s attitudes toward sexuality accord with your own?