1. Name 3 languages in which A leyeles wrote?
Yiddish, German, and Russian
2. Leyeles is probably the most interesting and inventive
master of which genre and language in modern literature?
.inventive master of Strophic Forms in modern Yiddish
Tevye the Dairyman Sholem Aleichem Reading
1. What religious texts is Tevye familiar with?
When does he read them and how is
knowledge of them reflected?
Bible, Psalms, Rashi, Targum, Perek, Talmud, On
Sabbath. He quotes what the different texts
Essentialism and Normativity
Essentialism is a controversial topic when relating it to Judaism. The people who
originally practiced Judaism had the most essential characteristics. This means, that our
1. Be able to sketch in a couple of sentences a brief
outline of Rabbinic (and later Jewish) practices regarding:
Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Shavuot, Sukkot,
birth/circumcision, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, marriage, and death.
How are they relat
Intro to Jewish Studies
How does this text help to create an imagined community?
Through Psalm 114s poetic parallelism and way of words, the story of the exodus
of the Hebrew people is depicted. As the Jewish Study Bible states,
Curiosity gained the attention of the listeners in Emils opening statement. With
her description of a casino, Emily quickly had the interest of the listeners since gambling
surrounds us in eve
A Simple Story, Shmuel Yosef Agnon Reading Questions
1)Where do Hirshl and Mina live after their wedding, and
what does this location tell us about their future together?
They live in Szybus in a large house. This shows that they plan
to have kids togethe
Professor Philip Hollander
March 2, 2014
Babel Play Extra Credit Assignment
Babel Play Extra Credit Assignment
The performance of Babel: How It Was Done in Odessa was a very interesting and
unique performance. Never before hav
1) How old was Glatsteyn when he immigrated to the United States
2) What is a sheeny?
Negative term for Jewish person
3) Why do you think that it is significant that Mike is placed in a
Because hes an Americanized Jew and di
Language in the Time of Revolution
1) Harshav posits a century of revolutionary change in Jewish life.
What are its approximate dates? What events set off this century
and what events lead to its close?
Answer: end of th
1) What do the Brief Travels promise to provide?
Does the text fulfill this promise?
It promises to be a description of Benjamins travels, in
which he explored far away lands.
2) Who is the narrator and how does he represent
himself? How does he relate to
Reading Questions for Yosef Chaim Brenners Nerves
The narrative is what is called a frame story. A main story or narrative
frame contains within it an additional story/stories. In the reading
questions, the narrator of the narrative frame will be referred
1) In what area of Eastern Europe was Halpern born?
He was born in Zlochov, part of Galacia under Austro-Hungarian rule
2) Where did he move at the age of twelve and in what language did he begin his
He moved to Vienna and began his poetic
On The Grounds Of The Complex Commemorating The
Nazis Treatment of the Jews Reading Questions
1. What job does the failing Israeli journalist take at the opening of the story?
Cashier at a coffee shop at Yad Vashem. He is a failing jou
1) Why does Sara have trouble renting a room and where
does she finally get one
Women were not always allowed to rent or buy.
2) What plans does Sara make and how does she go about
She plans to go to college and become a teacher. She