The course covers the history of Zionism and Israel from the emergence of modern Zionism in 1881 through the collapse of the peace process. The topics include the biblical vision and connection to the Land of Israel, the competing visions of the founders of Zionism, the period of the British Mandate, the conflicting promises made to the Jews and Arabs, the stages of Jewish immigration, the creation of the State of Israel, the War of Independence, the Six Day War, the Yom Kippur War, the role of the United Nations, the Palestinian refugees, Jewish settlements in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria), and the ArabIsraeli peace process and recent proposals.
The course will illustrate the distinctiveness of medieval Judaism through an exploration of the major trends in medieval Judaism. Topics include the medieval Jewish mindset, Jews living under Islam and Christianity, Jewish-Muslim and Jewish-Christian cultural … Read More
In this course, we will examine the range of European Jewish responses to modernity and the shaping of modern Judaism in Europe through the twentieth century. Topics include the Jewish Enlightenment, the dynamics of Emancipation, … Read More