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JTS Summer Session III

July 6, 8:00 am - August 6, 5:00 pm

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One event on June 18, 2020 at 8:00 am

Summer Sessions III features graduate-level courses that are open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Courses are taught in English and provide a wide array of offerings in advanced Judaica for JTS students, students from other universities, and continuing learners. Each course earns 3 credits, unless otherwise noted. Session II and III courses meet three or four days every week, except for holidays. During Session III, JTS also offers summer Hebrew language courses.

Session III Dates: July 6 – August 6

Note: This summer, JTS’s dynamic summer learning experience, including Nishma and our Hebrew courses, will take place online. 

Non-Credit Learning

Through the JTS Summer Learners program, you can enroll in any Session III courses, on a non-credit basis. The Summer Learners program also offers access to our summer Hebrew language courses.


Hilla Kobliner
EDU 5240: Teaching Hebrew as a Second Language: Infinite Ways to Crack a Text (3 credits)
[TWR 10:00 a.m.–12:40 p.m.] This course develops pedagogical skills for teaching Hebrew as a second language, with a focus on teaching reading comprehension. The course will attend to different genres of texts, developing strategies of understanding different texts, cultivating various thinking skills and creativity along with oral and written expression as well as planning an instructional unit, assessing outcomes, building linguistic awareness, and acquiring cultural knowledge and independence in learning. The course is taught in Hebrew. Hebrew fluency is required. Interested students should email their C.V. including Hebrew language teaching experience, and a short statement of interest in Hebrew to hebrew@jtsa.edu.

Malka Edinger
BIB 5013: Parshanut: Pentateuch With Rashi (3 credits)
[TWR 2:00–4:40 p.m.] The course is methodologically oriented, designed to help students acquire and refine skills of close reading of the biblical text by integrating a modern literary approach with the study of Rashi and other traditional Jewish commentaries. Students will learn to identify the questions that have been asked for centuries, creating an ongoing dialogue with ancient, medieval, and contemporary close readers.

Rabbi Mordecai Schwartz
CDE 7527: Responsa in Early Modern Ashkenaz (3 credits)
[TWR 2:00–4:40 p.m.] We will use several test cases to gauge the effects of modernity on halakhic decision making in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. Among the cases we consider are some of the most prominent controversies of the period, including Tzvi Askenazi’s heartless chicken, The Frankfurt Beit Dins’s nullification of the divorce in Cleves, Jonathan Eibshitz’s sabbatean amulets, David Nieto’s pantheistic sermon, and Jacob Emden’s praying golem.

Ilona Ben-Moshe
HEB 5203: Intermediate Hebrew II  (3 credits)
[MTWR 3:00-5:15 p.m.] This intermediate-level course will bring students to the end of Hebrew from Scratch II (Ivrit min ha-hatchala bet), supplementing the textbook with materials from level gimel books and other readings in Hebrew from various periods (e.g. adapted stories, poems, selections from parashat ha-shavua, midrash, and Biblical commentary). Students will learn new grammar topics, develop strategies for reading comprehension and word recognition, and practice conveying ideas and opinions in both speech and writing.

Christopher Dost
HEB 5513: Arabic for Hebrew Students (3 credits)
[TWR 5:30 p.m.-7:50 p.m.] This course introduces students who have at least a foundational understanding of biblical or modern Hebrew to the elements of the Arabic language and to Arabic’s relevance for Hebrew and Judaic studies. Students will be introduced to essential bibliography and will gain instruction in using Arabic grammars and dictionaries for Hebrew and Judaic Studies research.

Miriam Meir
HEB 5300: Advanced Hebrew Skills (3 credits)
[MTWR 3:00–5:15 p.m.] This advanced-level Hebrew language course, for students who completed level gimel, aims to further develop Hebrew comprehension, conversation, reading, and writing skills. Readings include Hebrew texts of diverse genres, registers, and periods, including classical texts. Grammatical topics include a systematic integrated study of the binyanim system and a variety of advanced topics in syntax.

Jeremy Zalman Tabick
TAL 6621: Talmud Text Level A: Taking Hold of Talmud I (6 credits)
[MTWR 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.] With a focus on building fundamental skills for reading the Bavli (developing student understanding of structure, technical terminology, basic concepts from Rabbinic culture, and Rabbinic languages), we will explore a range of sequential passages drawn from Bavli Nezikin (e.g., tractates Bava Kama, Bava Metzia, and/or Sanhedrin). The religious dimension of these texts will also be discussed.

Dr. Rachel Rosenthal
TAL 6631: Talmud Text Level B: Mastery in the Making II (6 credits)
[MTWR 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.] With the identical emphasis on competence and mastery as in TAL 6330, students will encounter a substantial number of different sequential passages drawn from Bavli Moed Katan chapter 3, focusing on questions of communal and individual mourning. Time will once more be devoted to religious meaning.

Professor Jonathan Milgram
TAL 6641 Talmud Text C: Text and Context Research Methods in the Study of the Mishnah and Related Literatures
MTWR 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
[Online Learning 6 credits] This course is an advanced graduate research seminar on aspects of the textual development, redaction history, dissemination, and reception of the Mishnah. Students will be trained in methods for the study of the Mishnah as an ancient oral composition; its subsequent textual history as evidenced in medieval manuscripts (lower criticism); and tools for uncovering the sources that make up individual mishnayot (higher criticism).
Previous exposure to the study of the Mishnah and the ability to read the bibliography in modern Hebrew is assumed.

Details and registration at jtsa.edu/jts-summer-session-iii.


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