Jewish Studies (JWST)Arts and Sciences

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Course descriptions provided by the Courses of Study 2019-2020.

JWST 1102

Intended for beginners. Provides a thorough grounding in reading, writing, grammar, oral comprehension, and speaking. Students who complete the course are able to function in basic situations ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HEBRW 1102

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5284JWST 1102  SEM 101

    • MTWRF
    • Shoer, S

  • For scheduling conflicts, contact instructor.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HEBRW 1102

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5287JWST 1102  SEM 102

    • MTWRF
    • Shoer, S

JWST 1110

This course is designed to introduce students to the language, grammar, and vocabulary of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. By the end of the semester students will be able to read and understand a number ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HEBRW 1110RELST 1110

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16541JWST 1110  SEM 101

    • MW
    • Monroe, L

JWST 1777

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: NES 1777

  • 2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17511JWST 1777  SEM 101

    • W
    • Forman, D

JWST 1987

Why were Jews virtually invisible in films produced during the Hollywood's "golden age"? Is this a surprise, given the leading role played by American Jews in founding the studio system? Writing about ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17408JWST 1987  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Shapiro, E

  • For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://knight.as.cornell.edu/.

JWST 2100

The course is aimed at training students in exact and idiomatic Hebrew, expanding vocabulary and usage of grammatical knowledge, and acquiring facility of expression in both conversation and writing. Uses ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HEBRW 2100

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5275JWST 2100  SEM 101

    • MWF
    • Shoer, S

  • For scheduling conflicts, contact instructor.

JWST 2522

This course examines the production and exchange of wine, beer, coffee and tea, and the social and ideological dynamics involved in their consumption. We start in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, and end ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ARKEO 2522CLASS 2630NES 2522

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16473JWST 2522  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Monroe, C

JWST 2575

This course will survey the cultic practices and beliefs of ancient Babylonia and Assyria, the two major civilizations of Mesopotamia. We will examine the major myths of this region, e.g., Ishtar's Descent ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: NES 2575NES 6575RELST 2575

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7105JWST 2575  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Tenney, J

JWST 2580

How is the memory of the Holocaust kept alive by means of the literary and visual imagination? Within the historical context of the Holocaust and how and why it occurred, we shall examine major and widely ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 2580ENGL 2580

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7869JWST 2580  LEC 001

    • MW
    • Schwarz, D

JWST 2629

This course provides a literary and historical introduction to the earliest Christian writings, especially those that eventually came to be included in the New Testament.  Through the lens of the Gospel ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: CLASS 2613NES 2629RELST 2629

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16465JWST 2629  LEC 001

    • MW
    • Haines-Eitzen, K

  • 16512JWST 2629  DIS 201

    • F
    • Staff

  • 16513JWST 2629  DIS 202

    • F
    • Staff

JWST 2644

Jewish communities have been established, flourished and often struggled for millennia, throughout much of the world, and in vital contact with a vast range of other peoples and cultures. This course examines ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: NES 2644RELST 2644

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16477JWST 2644  LEC 001

    • MW
    • Monroe, L

JWST 2728

In their acceptance speeches for the Nobel Prize in Literature, both the Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz (1988) and the Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk (2006) situate their work between Eastern and Western ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 2728NES 2728

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16481JWST 2728  LEC 001

    • MWF
    • Starr, D

JWST 3104

The course focuses and explores the development and changes of Modern Hebrew in all aspects of Israeli and Jewish culture.  A close reading of selected works of modern Hebrew fiction, poetry,  drama in ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HEBRW 3104

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16442JWST 3104  SEM 101

    • W
    • Scharf, N

JWST 3697

This course examines the history of the conflict between two peoples with claims to the same land (Palestine/Israel), from the rise of their national movements at the turn of the 20th century and their ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: GOVT 3977NES 3697

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16461JWST 3697  LEC 001

    • MW
    • Feb 3 - May 5, 2020
    • Brann, R

  • 16500JWST 3697  DIS 201

    • F
    • Staff

  • 16501JWST 3697  DIS 202

    • F
    • Staff

  • 16502JWST 3697  DIS 203

    • F
    • Staff

  • 16503JWST 3697  DIS 204

    • F
    • Staff

  • 18399JWST 3697  DIS 205

    • F
    • Staff

  • 18400JWST 3697  DIS 206

    • F
    • Staff

JWST 4210

Advanced discussion of topics or authors in "modern" Western philosophy (circa the 17th and 18th centuries). view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: JWST 6210PHIL 4220PHIL 6220

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Spinoza on the Mind

  • 16940JWST 4210  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Hubner, K

  • This course will focus on the work of the influential early modern Jewish philosopher, Baruch Spinoza, and in particular on his unorthodox views about the nature and scope of mindedness and thinking. Spinoza was a panpsychist: someone who holds that all things in nature -- even humble slugs -- think in some way and to some degree; he also held that all creaturely ideas (including human ideas) are just parts of a single, infinite, cosmic intellect; finally, he held that being thought about is a particular way of having existence, such that whenever I think about my cat, for example, this very cat comes to exist as a purely mental object, in addition to already existing as a furry, meowing, spatio-temporal creature. In addition to looking at these puzzling theses, we will also investigate how Spinoza understood intentionality (or thought's directedness at objects) more generally; how he understood what it takes to form an idea; how ideas represent or fail to represent things; the relation between creaturely minds and the divine intellect; and the relation between being and thought on the cosmic level. We will also spend time examining Spinoza's debt to his medieval Jewish philosophers, notably Maimonides and Gersonides, as well as Spinoza's influence on late 19th century and early 20th Idealists, who were drawn to Spinoza's philosophy by the central place it assigns to thought in nature.

JWST 4533

American Jews have frequently been touted as a "model minority." This course will take a more critical look at the historical interactions between Jewish immigration, United States industrialization, and ... view course details

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  •  9041JWST 4533  SEM 101

    • T
    • Sampson, E

JWST 4540

Moses Maimonides who was born in Cordoba (1138), moved to Fez as a youth and died in Cairo (1204) is regarded by Jewish, Islamic, and Christian tradition alike as the most important Jewish religious ... view course details

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  • 16446JWST 4540  SEM 101

    • W
    • Brann, R

JWST 4545

From the ringing of Tibetan singing bowls to the quiet of desert monasticism, religious imagination and ritual is replete with sound and silence.  Cityscapes resound with church bells and calls from the ... view course details

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  • 16520JWST 4545  SEM 101

    • W
    • Haines-Eitzen, K

JWST 4649

The concept of tradition often takes a back seat to modernity, but what does it mean to be part of a tradition? How does tradition revitalize and challenge received views and stimulate individual talent? ... view course details

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  • 17029JWST 4649  SEM 101

    • W
    • Redfield, J

JWST 4721

This course focuses on issues of conflict, peace, and reconciliation in Israel and the Palestinian Territories as well as Sub-Saharan Africa. Both regions exemplify how issues ranging from nationalism ... view course details

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  •  9468JWST 4721  SEM 101

  • Taught in Washington, DC. This is part of the Cornell in Washington program. Essay required for selective admission to field-trip.

JWST 4913

This extraordinary figure died in 1941, and his death  is emblematic of the intellectual depredations of Nazism. Yet since World War II, his influence, his reputation, and his fascination for scholars ... view course details

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  • 17041JWST 4913  SEM 101

    • T
    • Boyarin, J

JWST 4992

For undergraduates who wish to obtain research experience or do extensive reading on a special topic.  Students select a topic in consultation with the faculty member who has agreed to supervise ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7823JWST 4992  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Staff

JWST 6112

Critical readings in medieval Hebrew lyrical and liturgical poetry and imaginative rhymed prose from tenth-century Islamic Spain to Renaissance and Baroque Italy. view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: NES 6112

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 18091JWST 6112  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • Brann, R

JWST 6210

Advanced discussion of topics or authors in "modern" Western philosophy (circa the 17th and 18th centuries). view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: JWST 4210PHIL 4220PHIL 6220

  • 4 Credits Sat/Unsat

  • Topic: Spinoza on the Mind

  • 16947JWST 6210  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Hubner, K

  • This course will focus on the work of the influential early modern Jewish philosopher, Baruch Spinoza, and in particular on his unorthodox views about the nature and scope of mindedness and thinking. Spinoza was a panpsychist: someone who holds that all things in nature -- even humble slugs -- think in some way and to some degree; he also held that all creaturely ideas (including human ideas) are just parts of a single, infinite, cosmic intellect; finally, he held that being thought about is a particular way of having existence, such that whenever I think about my cat, for example, this very cat comes to exist as a purely mental object, in addition to already existing as a furry, meowing, spatio-temporal creature. In addition to looking at these puzzling theses, we will also investigate how Spinoza understood intentionality (or thought's directedness at objects) more generally; how he understood what it takes to form an idea; how ideas represent or fail to represent things; the relation between creaturely minds and the divine intellect; and the relation between being and thought on the cosmic level. We will also spend time examining Spinoza's debt to his medieval Jewish philosophers, notably Maimonides and Gersonides, as well as Spinoza's influence on late 19th century and early 20th Idealists, who were drawn to Spinoza's philosophy by the central place it assigns to thought in nature.

JWST 6649

The concept of tradition often takes a back seat to modernity, but what does it mean to be part of a tradition? How does tradition revitalize and challenge received views and stimulate individual talent? ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 17032JWST 6649  SEM 101

    • W
    • Redfield, J

JWST 7533

American Jews have frequently been touted as a "model minority." This course will take a more critical look at the historical interactions between Jewish immigration, United States industrialization, and ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •  9045JWST 7533  SEM 101

    • T
    • Sampson, E

JWST 7913

This extraordinary figure died in 1941, and his death is emblematic of the intellectual depredations of Nazism. Yet since World War II, his influence, his reputation, and his fascination for scholars in ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 17046JWST 7913  SEM 101

    • T
    • Boyarin, J