Judaism: History, Beliefs, and Practices

Wayne State University
Includes Free Study Guide

Judaism: History, Beliefs, and Practices

Wayne State University
Includes Free Study Guide

Audio Sample:

How has Judaism evolved over the course of three millennia? Why did branches like Orthodox, Reform, and Reconstructionist movements emerge? What does it mean to be a Jew today?

Judaism is not only a religious faith but also a set of beliefs, practices, symbols, and institutions. More than that, it’s a civilization and culture of a people both diverse and united by a history of exile and perseverance.

Explore the storied history, texts, and traditions of one of the world’s oldest living religions and civilizations. As an award-winning professor and

Audio Sample:

How has Judaism evolved over the course of three millennia? Why did branches like Orthodox, Reform, and Reconstructionist movements emerge? What does it mean to be a Jew today?

Judaism is not only a religious faith but also a set of beliefs, practices, symbols, and institutions. More than that, it’s a civilization and culture of a people both diverse and united by a history of exile and perseverance.

Explore the storied history, texts, and traditions of one of the world’s oldest living religions and civilizations. As an award-winning professor and an observant Jew, Howard Lupovitch brings a wealth of knowledge to his audio course on Judaism. With the balanced perspective of a scholar, he guides you through its rise, development, and diversification. Under his tutelage, you will also discover the fascinating differences and similarities between Judaism and other Abrahamic faiths.

Starting with a general introduction, you’ll establish a contextual framework and learn essential vocabulary. Prof. Lupovitch then takes you on a journey through the history of Judaism in three sections:

  • Ancient Israel: Look at the Hebrew Bible, the concept of diaspora, and the origins of Jewish beliefs.
  • Judaism’s Emergence as a Way of Life: Learn why Rabbinic Judaism became the religion’s dominant form and established the pillars of Jewish customs.
  • Modern Challenges: Study different denominations and labels as well as debates on Jewish identity.

Whether your interests lie in history, interreligious understanding, or culture, this course will enlighten and entertain you.

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  • Introduction: What Is Judaism?
  • Biblical Matrix: Brit and Kedusha [Covenant and Holiness] and the Jewish Notion of God
  • The Prophetic Critique
  • Exile, Diaspora, and the Messianic Return to Zion
  • The Sects: Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes
  • “Rebecca’s Children”: Jews, Christians, and the Parting of the Ways
  • The Rabbis and the Rabbinic Canon: Midrash and Mishnah
  • The Talmud and the Rabbinic Imagination
  • Judaism Encounters Islam
  • Maimonides and His Critics
  • Ashkenazic Jews and the World of Medieval Christendom
  • Daily Life: Prayer, Study, Kashrut
  • Holiness of Time: Shabbat, Holidays, Life Cycle
  • Mystical Judaism: The Zohar, Lurianic Kabbalah, and Sabbatean Heresy
  • Tradition Re-Invigorated I: Hassidic Judaism
  • Tradition Re-Invigorated II: The Misnagdim and the Lithuanian Yeshiva
  • Confronting Modernity: Baruch Spinoza and Moses Mendelssohn
  • Reform Judaism and the Reform of Judaism
  • Orthodoxy Judaism I: German Neo-Orthodoxy
  • Orthodox Judaism II: Hungarian Ultra-Orthodoxy
  • Classical Reform and the End of “Kitchen Judaism”
  • Secular Judaism I: Zionism and the Rebirth of Hebrew
  • Mizrachi Zionism and Haredi Piety
  • Secular Judaism II: Jewish Socialists and the Yiddish Revival
  • Conservative Judaism: Middle Ground or Muddled Ground?
  • Mordechai Kaplan and the Reconstruction of Judaism
  • After the Holocaust: Neo-Hasidism, Humanism, and Spiritual Renewal
  • Contemporary Debates I: The Role of Women in Jewish Life
  • Contemporary Debates II: Conversion, Intermarriage, Patrilineal Descent
  • Conclusion: Judaism in the Twenty-First Century

Professor Howard Lupovitch is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies at Wayne State University. He was educated at the University of Michigan and Columbia University (earning a Ph.D. in History from the latter). Over his career, Prof. Lupovitch has taught at Cornell University, Colby College, the University of Western Ontario, and the University of Michigan, where he was also a fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies. Prof. Lupovitch is the author of Jews at the Crossroads: Tradition and Accommodation during the Golden Age of the Hungarian Nobility and Jews and Judaism in World History, and is presently completing a history of the Jews of Budapest

Praise for Howard Lupovoitch

“I have seen Professor Lupovitch speak many times, and every time, I am captivated by his encyclopedic memory and the fervor with which he teaches. His passion for history, Jewish tradition, and the passage of knowledge from one generation to the next is obvious and contagious. Professor Lupovitch’s dedication to teaching has enriched our community and no doubt each community that has welcomed him into their synagogues and classrooms.”
– Rabbi Jennifer Kaluzny, Temple Israel (West Bloomfield, Michigan)

“Prof. Howard Lupovitch is one of the most brilliant and engaging adult educators I have encountered in my more than 30 years of professional and volunteer involvement in lifelong Jewish learning. I have attended hundreds of Jewish history lectures by him over the years and always come away having learned something new and exciting about the topic at hand. Prof. Lupovitch has a large and faithful following among adult learners in Metro Detroit, who flock to his lectures enthusiastically, no matter what the specific topic might be.”
– Nancy Kaplan, Co-founder and coordinator of Eilu ‘ Eilu, a lifelong learning consortium in metropolitan Detroit

 

 

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