Courses

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Judaism as Art: A Search for Congruity 

A Search for Congruity 

Can Jewish spiritual practice be understood as a kind of art?  How can the artistic process illuminate Jewish living?  To address these question, we will look at some of the themes that have occupied modern art production and consumption, in particular – the presence or absence of the author; the possibility of creations going out of control; the tension between discipline and creative spontaneity in art production, and the poetics of darkness and light.  It is our hope by showcasing some of the common themes between classical Jewish texts and modern art that we might begin to imagine a new intersection between Judaism and art.  No prior experience in art production necessary, though personal experience is welcome. Taught by Erica Frankel.

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Life’s Big Questions: Or How to Get More of College Through Judaism

A Freshman and Sophomore Seminar

College is not only a time to meet new people, to learn the skills of a profession. It is also a time to explore some of the big questions that orient a life well lived. Who am I? What communities am I a part of? Who am I responsible for and why? What is the difference between love, lust and intimacy? What is worth committing myself to and why?

While these are universal questions, we believe they can be illuminated through the unique light of Jewish texts and traditions.  In this class we will explore the big questions of life as refracted through the Jewish tradition.

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Sex, Love, and Romance

Toward a Post-Modern Jewish Ethic

Sexuality and intimacy are central to our identities and experiences as human beings, yet we have few opportunities to speak about them in a frank, open, and explicitly Jewish way. In this seminar, you are expected to read, broadly and generously, traditional Jewish texts on intimacy, gender, sexuality, and other related topics. Thoughtful participation on your part requires active listening, speaking up to contribute in class, and talking from your own experience while being open to the experiences of others. Taught by Rabbi Nikki Lyn DeBlosi, PhD, Sex Love & Romance explores the ethics of human relationships and sexuality in the Jewish tradition.