Session II

Tuesday, May 27–Thursday, June 26, 2014

Due to Shavu'ot, classes will meet on Monday, June 2, and Tuesday, June 3, 2014, instead of that week's regularly scheduled times.

Unless otherwise indicated, Session II and III courses are taught at the graduate level in English, using texts in the original, although translations are generally available. Each course earns 3 credits. Session II and III courses meet three days every week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday), except for holidays.

All Session II courses are open to participants in the Summer Learners Program.

TAL/JTH 5215: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
Eliezer Diamond, 9:30–11:20 a.m.

How do the Rabbis approach resolving conflicts between property owners? What are the parameters of ownership? How does the Bavli balance the rights enjoyed by property owners with the responsibilities that they bear? Study the structure and terminology of the Bavli through sugyot drawn mainly from Bava Batra chapter 2, and learn to prepare texts from the Bavli on your own. Proficiency in Hebrew is expected.  

Prerequisites: HEB 2103 and previous Talmud course work strongly recommended.

BIB 5963: Close Readings of the Parashat Hashavua for Summer
David Marcus, 1:30–3:20 p.m.

This course is designed to improve reading skills in Biblical Hebrew. Particular attention will be paid to the morphology and syntax of the parashat hashavua for the weeks of the month of June. All Masoretic notations will be noted, and every deviation from standard grammatical forms will be pointed out.  

MJS/HIS 5420: History of the Holocaust
Elissa Bemporad, 3:30–5:20 p.m.

This course investigates the developments of Third Reich policies toward the Jews of Europe, as well as the roots of the decision for mass murder. It focuses on the Jewish responses to the Nazi onslaught, with an emphasis on cultural and armed resistance, and assesses the roles of non-Jews as bystanders, collaborators, and rescuers in various European countries.     

BIB/ANC 5435: Dead Sea Scrolls and Jewish Biblical Interpretation
Alex Jassen, 4:30–6:20 p.m.  

This course explores the contribution of the Dead Sea Scrolls to the study of early Jewish biblical interpretation. The course focuses on interpretation within the biblical Dead Sea Scrolls, rewritten biblical texts, and commentaries. Class meetings emphasize in-depth reading of the material in the context of active student participation.