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JST 524 - Jewish Folklore

Jewish folklore reflects the cultural traditions and heritage of Judaism. It is full of vivid stories that both teach and entertain. This survey course will look at samples of Jewish folklore embedded in ancient Jewish texts such as midrash and the Bible and also examine present-day Jewish folklore such as Jewish jokes and Israeli urban legends. We will study dybbuks and demons, the legend of the golem, folktales and folksongs.