Jewish Theology as Embedded in the Jewish Prayer Book

SMT2761HF  L0101
Offered in Fall 2011  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Christian liturgy follows a structural pattern similar to that followed by the synagogue. This course, in English, unpacks the theology underlying the siddur (the traditional Jewish prayer book) including such concepts as God and prayer; God's justice vs God's mercy; prayer as a "song of lovers"; lover's quarrel in prayer; creation, revelation and redemption; sacrifice; the “chosen people”; thanksgiving; Jerusalem and the land of Israel; love and commandment; covenant; exodus; sin and repentance; human finitude; communal vs private prayer; scripted vs unscripted prayer; prayer vs action; universal vs particular; the role of scripture in prayer; and the choreography, structure and types of prayer. The course uses enquiry and deep reading, partnered study (havruta), and class discussion with some lecture providing value-added background and explanations. Collateral reading, class participation, two short reflections, and one research paper are required. Evaluation will be based on class participation, research paper and final exam. Teaching methods: Primarily: enquiry and deep reading, partnered study (havruta), class discussion with some lecture providing value-added background and explanations. Secondarily: some lecture, collateral reading, two short reflections, and one research paper. Means of evaluation: Class participation (40%), research paper (30%), and final exam (30%).

Schedule: Monday, 19:00 to 21:00
Instructors: Roy D. Tanenbaum
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit

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