Rhythms of Jewish Life: The Calendar and Life Cycle Events

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Course ID: Jewish Studies 30605-OL
Division: Undergraduate Studies, Graduate Studies
Program: Jewish Studies (Undergraduate), Jewish Studies (Graduate)
Location: Online

In his classic work, The Sabbath, the late Prof Abraham Joshua Heschel asserted that time, rather than geographic space, is the special m├ętier of the Jewish People. No matter the region or the regime, Jews have been able to fashion sacred worlds of meaning and community by marking the seasons of the year and the seasons of the individual's life. In this class we will explore the historic background of the Jewish calendar and its observances as well as the rites that comprise the Jewish lifecycle. Not only will we examine the traditional realms of meaning and rituals associated with these occasions, but we shall also explore the strains and transformational possibilities created by the realities of contemporary Jewish life. (May be taken for Rabbinics or Sociology credit)  (Classical/Modern)