Intro to Judaism 1 - 18:29 Lecture1 ArtinJudaism

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18:29   Lecture 1 Art in Judaism How would a man perceive an object of a naked woman and how would a  man perceive it Woman would just see it as a bath or normal activity Whereas the man would see it in a sexual way which was just the norm back  in the day, shows the drastic differences between man and woman which was  seemingly acceptable at the time General perception of Judaism is that it resists images in art, because they  don’t depict the image of G-d, however that’s not true because the female  body is represented through naked images frequently Jews in Egypt 1260 BCE Moses name came from typical Egyptian pharaohs name Means “son of” I.E. Ptahmose (son of ptah) Shows Egyptians were comfortable with Moses as one of their own Hebrew itself absorbs lots of linguistic elements from different languages and  it took a lot from Egyptian linguistics Israelites and Egyptians had a strong cultural exchange with one another  which began to carry over and appeared confusing to people of the Jewish  faith Thought of Jews completely different from their neighbors and distinctively  alone is completely inaccurate going back through History Israelites are NOT Canaanites, completely separate and Israelites were  supposed to kill the Canaanites HOWEVER through archaeological evidence  it shows that Israelites and Canaanites look exactly the same virtually no  difference and culturally were the same To be Jewish is to accept and understand the rules set forth from the bible 5 th  century BCE History shapes Judaism in two ways
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o Real historical factors of Judaism o Jewish Tradition which preserves memory of Jewish Events to create a  Jewish Narrative o You can convert to Judaism by internalizing that narravtive
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18:29 LECTURE 2 The Past of Judaism   “I live with the ironic awareness that the very mode in which I delve into the  Jewish past represents a decisive break with that past” There is a collectively remembered Jewish past which can be very different  from the actual lived past Lots of texts and different books write about a Jewish past, that the Jewish  memory cannot assimilate because of the difference between how we  remember our past and the true history of the Jewish people Tension between history and memory Who is a Jew? Most Jews respond by saying I’m a Jew because my family is Family broadly defined is fundamental to Jewish identity However that’s not satisfying because conversion to Judaism is a possibility in  which family is not part of the equation Judaism always emphasizes “we” and we are even told in Judaism to tell our 
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This note was uploaded on 09/07/2011 for the course NES 2644 taught by Professor Laurenmonroe during the Spring '11 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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