NEW COURSE:

Introduction to the Zohar

Professor Jeremy P. Brown

This course offers a basic overview of the major literary outpouring of medieval rabbinic imagination known as Sefer haZohar.

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Publications by our faculty

Jabotinsky's Children:
Polish Jews and the Rise of Right-Wing Zionism

Daniel K. Heller

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Teaching Plato in Palestine
Philosophy in a Divided World

Carlos Fraenkel

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Publications by our faculty

Sephardism:
Spanish Jewish History & the Modern Literary Imagination

Yael Halevi-Wise

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Maimonides:
Between Philosophy and Halakhah

Lawrence Kaplan

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Publications by our faculty

Jews in Poland-Lithuania in the Eighteenth Century
Gershon David Hundert

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National Poetry, Empires and War
David Aberbach

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NEW COURSE:

JWST 501 Jewish Life and Culture in Algeria

Professor Chris Silver

This seminar re-examines modern Algerian Jewish history in light of the most recent historical scholarship.

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NEW COURSE:

JWST 381 God and Devil in Modern Yiddish Literature

Professor Yuri Vedenyapin​

Yiddish literature and folklore contain descriptions of heaven and hell no less sophisticated than those of Dante and Bosch. The righteous study the Torah in paradise, while fires of Gehenna stand ready to consume sinners.

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McGill Department of Jewish Studies

Department of Jewish Studies

The Department of Jewish Studies, established in 1968, offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Judaica. We offer concentrations in Jewish Thought, History, Bible and Literature, and also, courses that enable students not taking a Concentration in Jewish Studies to broaden their knowledge of Jewish history and culture; elementary, intermediate and advanced courses in Jewish languages - Hebrew, Yiddish, and Aramaic. In the case of the first two, this includes attention to both spoken idiom and written texts; specialized courses in the various disciplines that comprise Jewish Studies for students who have specific academic interests; a Minor Concentration for students who wish to add competence in Jewish Studies to their major field of study; a comprehensive Major Concentration, and an Honours program culminating in advanced seminars and tutorials for students contemplating careers in the various fields of Judaica.

2018 Newsletter