Jewish Studies Spring 2024

Spring 2024 Courses

Dear Jewish Studies Students:

As you prepare for the new year, we know that your pursuit of Jewish learning is among your resolutions!

To make it convenient for you to do so, your Spring 2024 Courses will be offered as weekly online courses running February to April. See below for details. We look forward to seeing you in class!


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David N. Gottlieb, PhD
Director of Jewish Studies
Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies
Spertus Institute for Learning and Leadership

Jewish Studies Spring 2024 | Weekly Online Courses | February-April 2024

The Emergence of Halakhah

Taught by Rabbi Dr. Victor Mirelman
Course 3179 | 3 quarter-hour credits
Fulfills MAJS Elective, DSJS Text, and DHL Core

8 Sessions | Meets Mondays from 6 to 8 PM CT via Zoom
February 19 and 26 | March 4, 11, 18, and 25 | April 1 and 8

From its beginnings, Israelite religion was defined by rigorous articulation and observance of commandments. The triumph of Rabbinic Judaism over other sects, with the rabbinic sages giving priority to exegesis over prophecy, led to the promulgation of an rich and extensive body of law. To this day, those laws form the basis of observant Jewish life.

In this course, we will study laws that exemplify key concepts in Halakhah, as well as legal issues in Aggadah, the other side of the “Halakhic coin.” We will explore the contrast between Halakhic and prophetic outlooks, consider the Jewish encounter with the Enlightenment, and analyze differences in the Ashkenazi and Sephardi approaches. Students will develop the ability to identify different forms of law and different texts in which they are articulated, and how the halakhic project is understood in contemporary terms.

The Rabbinic Framing of the Female: Images of Women in Genesis Rabbah

Taught by Dr. Gary Porton
Course 3178 | 3 quarter-hour credits
Fulfills MAJS Core (Bible and the Ancient Near East), DSJS Text, and DHL Text

8 Sessions | Meets Tuesdays from 6 to 8 PM CT via Zoom
February 20 and 27 | March 5, 12, 19, and 26 | April 2 and 9

In this course, we will examine the passages that discuss women in Genesis Rabbah, a fifth-century Palestinian midrashic collection. As the Book of Genesis has the most stories about women in the Torah, the rabbinic interpretations of its narratives provide us with opportunities to investigate the literary and cultural phenomenon of Rabbinic Midrash. We will also gain a greater understanding of rabbinic conceptualizations of the roles of women in family, marriage, and broader society, at a crucially formative period in Jewish history.

Course registration for Fall 2023 courses is closed.

The preferred registration deadline for these courses is December 21, 2023.

The final registration deadline is January 5, 2024. It will not be possible to register for these courses after January 5.



Jewish Studies Course Registration Details

Course registration is for current Spertus Institute Jewish Studies students. Please review course details before completing your registration.

Before registering for courses, students must be admitted to one of Spertus Institute’s Jewish Studies graduate programs — or be accepted as non-degree student who meets prerequisite requirements and wishes to enroll in courses for credit.


Course Payment

Spertus Institute welcomes course registration from students with accounts in good standing. This means:

  • Student’s unpaid account balance is less than $2,500 (roughly two courses).
  • The most recent payments on past due balances are within the last six months.

Students who do not meet these criteria will need to pay down their balance prior to registering for any additional courses.

Course Costs

For MA in Jewish Studies (MAJS) Students
$350 per quarter-hour credit ($1050 per 3qh course)
For courses starting after January 1, 2024: $400 per quarter-hour credit ($1200 per 3qh course).

For DS in Jewish Studies (DSJS) and Doctor of Hebrew Letters (DHL) Students
$400 per quarter-hour credit ($1200 per 3qh course)
For courses starting after January 1, 2024: $475 per quarter-hour credit ($1425 per 3qh credit)

A non-refundable $25 fee is charged on all course registrations forms.

Refund policies vary by course format. Please review the specific policy listed on your course registration form.

Courses auditing can be arranged on a select basis with approval from the Dean. Audited course tuition is $350 per 3qh course.



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