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Unformatted text preview: Andrew Heisler Main Notes for Jewish Studies 211 Professor: Dr. Rosenblum ( jrosenblum@wisc.edu ) TA: Kevin ( kmattison@wisc.edu ) Things to think about:- On final, there will be a question, What is Judaism? Define it-There will be a sympathy bank account. If you are dedicated, therell be more sympathy for you if something comes up-Be afraid of quotation marks, aka scarequotes. DAY 1 (Introduction) What is religion? Presumption: its a human creation Not an assumption about the absolute truth of this presumption. Problems with: o Beliefs o meaning in ritual o First Order vs. Second order definitions Whats Judaism? o Normative claims (us vs. them) o Am Yisrael : biological notion of extended family o family traditions o Polythetic definition, o Polythetic (adj)- having many, but not all properties in common o Judaism itself has no history; no Judaism believes statements Essentialism: (something that involves many broad concepts that can be reduced to one important concept) o The Adam Sandler Problem o In the Hanukkah song, he singles out certain parts of the holiday and leaves out others; not everyone celebrates Hanukkah the same way o Even if people are 25 or 50% Jewish, they are all still connected as Jews o You cant categorize all Jews as the same because theyre not. Practices are different. Three Maps: 1. Self-identification (people who blatantly say theyre Jewish) 2. Textual Tradition a. Canonical ( definition: appearing in a biblical canon ), ( definition of biblical canon: a list or set of Biblical books considered to be authoritative as scripture by a particular religious community ) b. Conversational 3. Religious Practice DAY 2 (Contemporary Jewish overview) USA Judaism vs. Israeli Judaism: Most Jews live in Israel and the USA USA Judaism influenced by the USA; vice-versa for Israeli Judaism Brief History: 1630- Dutch Jews go to Brazil 1654- Portugal overtakes Brazil and kicks out the Jews o Some go to New Amsterdam, others to West Indies. Sephradim were first to arrive USA governmental models affected traditional Jewish ones (democracy) Judaism: ethnicity or religion? Sephardim vs. Ashkenazim: Essential essentialism concept Volunteerism : you have the choice to keep kosher, join a synagogue, etc. Structures of Judaism needed to adapt Affected by Christianity, (stores closed on Sundays). Jewish Movements: The movement takes shape within a distinctly USA milieu Domino effect: o Reform (1 st ) o Orthodox (2 nd ) fighting the reform o Conservative (3 rd ) conservative in respect to reform o Everyone else (Habad, Hassidim, Reconstructionism) Reform: o Germany in 1800s o Synagogues with mixed seating o Hebrew Union College (HUC) in Cincinnati o The Pittsburgh Platform Americanized Judaism (see CJ, p.34-35, #3,4,5 in particular) Conservative o 1887- Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) o Halakhah (Jewish law) is dynamic, essential...
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