Genesis University (formerly Association for Hebraic Studies Institute) | Evaluated Learning Experience
Social History of Jewish Food (SOC 302)
Classroom-based or distance learning course administered through Genesis University.
January 2022 – Present.
Upon successful completion of this learning experience, students will be able to identify the sources of kosher food laws in the Torah; explore the meaning and purpose of kashrus (fitness) as it has evolved and been interpreted over time; explore the symbolism and meanings of the foods eaten by Jews on Shabbat and holidays; identify the role of food in Biblical stories, identify the different rabbinic enactments to ensure the continuity of the Jewish community, identify the role of halacha -- especially kashrus -- in shaping the Jewish religious and political experience.
Emphasis is placed on the role of food in Jewish religion, culture, and history, how Jewish people relate to food, and why are the dietary laws are so important. This course explores these topics by approaching Jewish food from the perspectives of religion, history, and industry. Topics include the Jewish dietary laws, the symbolism of Jewish foods, the struggle for the observance of kashrus, the evolution of Jewish cuisine throughout history, and the heroism of the Jewish community on behalf of the Jewish dietary laws.
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Sociology, Judaic Studies, or Culinary Arts (11/22).