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Israel 4000

Israel 4000

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Israel 4000
Explore Israel through 4,000 years of Jewish history, literature and culture.


Israel, at the center of the world's stage. So many opinions. So much debate. What is it all about? Where does Israel fit in the Jewish experience?

  • 6 90-minute classes (Wed Feb 1 - Mar 8, 7:30-9:00).
  • Falafel dinner with each class.
  • Write a short paper.
  • Receive a $200 stipend.

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Syllabus:

  

1.   1. The Holy Land

Israel in the Torah – a People and a Promised Land

When did Israel become part of the Jewish story? How? Why?

  

2.    2. Trials and Triumphs of the Jewish Kingdom

Israel in Nach – Over One Thousand Years of Jewish Sovereignty

What was life like in ancient Israel? What were Jewish systems of governance?

What were the ups and downs of the Jewish kingdom, and what caused those rises and falls?

 

 3. Diaspora and Homeland

Israel in Talmudic and post Talmudic times – Forever the Jewish Homeland

What happens when a people is exiled from its homeland? What happens to the people? What happens to the land? What happens to the bond between the two?

 

 4. Holy Cities

A Closer Look at Special Cities within Israel

Which cities in Israel were especially significant in Jewish history? In which ways? In what eras? A look at Israel though space rather than time.

 

 5. Israel in Jewish Observance

Beyond a Place, a Focal Point of Practice

How is Israel connected to Jewish life and identity outside of being a geographical place? Do Jews living outside of Israel have any connection with their homeland? A look at Israel through daily life.

 

 6. Israel in Modern Times

Torah Perspectives on Contemporary Political Issues

 So many accusations, loaded words, and half facts concerning Israel are thrown around campus; is there a clearer Torah way to view this conflict? 

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