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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Spring 2009

MES 320 • JEWISH PRAYER IN CONTEXT

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41405 MWF
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
WAG 208
LIEBOWITZ, H

Course Description

The course involves a study of development in Jewish prayer from the Biblical period through the tewntieth century. In this course we will focus on hte nature of Jewish prayer as seen in its historical and sociological contexts. Thus, we will analyze the nature of prayer in the Biblical period, and demonstrate how it changed dramatically in the period following the destruction of the Second Temple. We will also study how the Siddur reflects the concerns of the jewish community and mirrors the Jewish historical experience. Ancillary attention will be paid to the differences in modes of prayer between Sephardim and Ashkenazim, and orthodoz, Conservative and Reform. No knowledge of Hebrew is required. We will focus primarily on the following topics: 1. Patterns of prayer in the Biblical period 2. The Daily Services in the historical context 3. Prayer in the Synagoge, Temple and Academy 4. The Sabbath Services 5. Torah reading, Targum, and the Sermon 6. The Festivals: Passover, Shavouh, and Succoth 7. The Hagaddah 8. The High Holy Days 9. Spontaneity a casualty of fixed norm 10 Prayer as a religious experience

Grading Policy

Three exams: 35%, 45%, 20%

Texts

Course Packet

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