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Classroom: 39 hours (13 weeks); Distance/Hybrid: Varies.
May 2023 –Present.
Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to identify and explain the factors and conditions leading to the Holocaust; trace the causes of antisemitism and Nazi racial ideology and its spread amongst Germans and their corroborators; describe the geographical progression of the Holocaust into Eastern Europe and the sequence of steps that culminated in the methodical destruction of European Jewry; describe and compare responses of different countries, Jewish communities, and individuals; survey and analyze personal stories and accounts to link Holocaust education to moral messages and awareness of the human tragedy; and examine and describe Halachic, historical, economic, social, financial, and international, repercussions of the Holocaust.
Major topics include: social, economic and political preconditions and events leading up to the Holocaust; the rise of the Nazi Party; German conquests in Europe 1939-1942; the implementation of the ‘final solution’ by the Germans and their corroborators; perpetrators, bystanders, and rescuers; survival of Jews: escape, hiding and resistance; and aftermath of the Holocaust.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in History, Jewish Studies, Liberal Arts, Humanities, or Ethnic Studies (5/23).
Major topics include: intellectual history of Judaism from the Mishna until modern times; the creation and function of the Mishna and Talmud; the era of the Geonim, the formation of Sefardi and Ashkenazi Jewry under Moslem and Frankish rule; the “Golden Age” of Spain and its major Torah figures; the Halachic Codification of Talmudic law through the Medieval period; Ashkenazi Jewry, the Crusades and major Torah figures; Sefardi and Ashkenazi Schools of thought in Torah Commentary – ‘Peshat vs Drash’ and Rationalist versus Non-Rationalist approaches; the Jewish communities of Provence; the Maimonidean controversy; late Medieval Spanish and Ashkenazi schools of thought; the Expulsions of the 14th and 15th Centuries and the creation of the modern Diaspora; the writing of the Shulchan Aruch – historical, philosophical and theological underpinnings; the emergence of Lurianic Kabbalist thought, commentators on the Shulchan Aruch; False Messiahs and their effect on the modern Jewish world; Reform and the Enlightenment – the Jewish response to Napoleon; reaction against Reform – the philosophy of Rav S. R. Hirsch, the emergence of Chassidu; reactions against Chassidut – the Vilna Gaon and the Mitnagdim, Haskala; the emergence of the Yeshiva and Mussar movements, Zionism – religious and secular; Modern Orthodoxy and Torah U’Madda. Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation. Prerequisite: Introduction to Jewish History.