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Graduate Spring 2010 Courses

JS 597R: Directed Study
JS 598R: Thesis/Exam Preparation
JS 730: The Akedot



JS 597R-00P: Directed Study
Faculty, Time: TBA



JS 598R-00P: Thesis/Exam Preparation
Faculty, Time: TBA


JS 730-000: The Akedot
Blumenthal, Time: W 9:00-12:00, MAX: 10, Candler Library 212

Course description: Confession (vidui), together with repentance (teshuva), is the essential way to seek forgiveness from God. Recitation of the penitential liturgy (selihot) is an essential part of confession. And, recitation of the akedot is a key element in the liturgy of the selihot. This course will examine the structure of the selihot and, then, study closely some akedot that appear as part of that liturgy. The goal of this class is for each student to translate and annotate at least one of the akedot with the hope of publishing the collected class work.


  • Shalom Spiegel, The Last Trial:On the Legends and Lore of the Command to Abraham to Offer Isaac As a Sacrifice
  • Other texts and articles as assigned

Particulars: Students are expected to prepare the readings and to participate actively in the class. Grading will be based on class participation and a final paper.


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