Session I

Open to Undergraduates Only

Sunday, May 18–Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Due to JTS Commencement, there will be no classes on Thursday, May 22, 2014.

In honor of Memorial Day, there will be no classes on Sunday, May 25, and Monday, May 26, 2014.

Session I is a unique learning experience in which classes meet six days a week, Sunday through Friday. Courses are given at the undergraduate level and are open to students of the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies of The Jewish Theological Seminary and undergraduates enrolled at other universities. Outside students need to demonstrate proficiency in Hebrew beyond the introductory level.

Enrollment in this intensive program is limited; priority will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Because of the intensity of the courses, attendance is mandatory. Students are allowed one excused absence, as determined by the instructor. Each course earns 3 credits.

BIB 1221: Ketuvim/Writings
Robert Harris,
 9:00–11:30 a.m.

A representative selection of texts from Ketuvim, paying special attention to literary arrangement, important themes, and historical background. Selected chapters will be studied intensively.  

Prerequisite: HEB 2103 or equivalent.

TAL 3001: Time for Prayer: Talmud Text I
Mayer Rabinowitz, 12:10–2:40 p.m.


The course will study Masekhet Berakhot chapter 4. It covers issues about the correct times for the three daily prayers and what one should do if the time limit has passed. We will concentrate on the arguments and the discussions that are in the section, as well as read some selections from Rashi to see how and why he felt it necessary to comment on various sections. We will discuss briefly what impact these discussions have on us today.  

Prerequisites: HEB 2103 and a 1000-level Talmud course.

LTG 1031: The Weekday Prayer Book
Elie Kaunfer, 2:50–5:20 p.m.


The weekday siddur is the basis for this introductory course in the study of liturgy. The course will focus on the principal rubrics (elements) of Jewish liturgy-the Shema and Amidah-looking at historical development, theology, and textual exegesis, including the various versions of the texts that are found in the published siddurim of diverse streams of contemporary Jewish civilization in America, the United Kingdom, and Israel. The remaining elements of the siddur will be studied and placed in a broader context of Jewish liturgy and ritual. The course will explore questions that are "beyond the text," including the evolution of the concept of avodah ("service"), halakhah/minhag applicable to liturgy, and the distinctions that have been delineated between "liturgy" and "prayer."  

Prerequisite: HEB 2201 or equivalent.