HIS 350L • Jews and Judaism since 1492-W
This course is a seminar-based introduction to the major issues in the history of European Jewry (primarily Ashkenaz) since 1492, with a concentration on social, political, religious, cultural, and intellectual themes. Primary matters for discussion include Jewish migration after 1492 and 1648, the traditional community (kehillah) and the reasons for its demise, the emergence of Chasidism, the Jewish Enlightenment (Haskalah), the reasons for and response to emancipation, the emergence of different Jewish religious traditions after 1848, particularly Reform and Conservative Judaism, the dilemma of assimilation, Jewish left-wing politics, fascism, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, religious and literary responses to the Holocaust, the emergence and impact of Zionism, and the future of European Jewry in the present. Students will write review essays in advance of class and lead class discussions based on the essays. Grading will also be based on essay revisions and oral presentations.
2 short essays (5 pp.) reviewing assigned reading & rewrites: 50% Oral presentations: 25% Discussion component: 25%
Readings to be excerpted primarily from: Judah Halevi, Kuzari Daniel Matt, tr., The Zohar Johannes Reuchlin, Recommendation Whether to Confiscate, Destroy and Burn all Jewish Books Martin Luther, On the Jews and their Lies Gluckel of Hameln, Memoirs Abraham Miguel Cardozo, Selected Writings David Friedländer, A Debate on Jewish Emancipation Moses Mendelssohn, Jerusalem Baal Shem Tov, Tsava'at Harivash Nahman of Bratslav, The Tales Nahum of Chernobyl, Upright Practices Michael A. Meyer, Reform Judaism Reader Theodor Herzl, The Jewish State Yehezkel Kotik, Journey to a Nineteenth-Century Shtetl Isaac Bashevis Singer, The Slave Filip Müller, Eyewitness Auschwitz Primo Levi, The Drowned and the Saved Richard Rubenstein, After Auschwitz Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem Amos Oz, Tale of Love and Darkness