The Course will be organized into the following Blocks and sections
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Course Requirements

1) Active participation in class sessions and preparation of all required and some optional readings. Ability to translate all core elements of "matbea tefillah" and core elements of (Hebrew) piyyutim. Familiarity with classic structure of liturgical year, core traditional texts and standard historical, explanatory and devotional commentaries. Responses to some short "in class" discussion assignments - usually 1 or 2 paragraphs - to be posted on wiki.

2) Present 2 or 3 "Divrei Tefillah" during class sessions. Sign up on "wiki" for texts indicated. These presentations should be not more than 2 minutes in length - and should offer the introduction to (or "kavvanah" for) a text that would be appropriate during a davvening.

3) 1 or 2 class presentations on topics indicated below based upon guided research. These should be 10 - 20 minutes in length and can be presented by individuals or small groups (not more than partners). A written paper (or key notes of core data points) should be posted on the wiki.

Mitzvot "ma'asiyot" associated with the symbolic calendar: Shofar, lulav, sukkah, matza,

Origins, development and status of Observances associated with the Shoah

Origins, development and status of observances associated with Medinat Yisrael

Tisha B'Av and other calendar fasts

"Dramatic elements" in calendrical observances - text, lighting, space - configuration & adornment, silence, timing, music, discourse, interaction

Origins and development of observances connecting Jewish community and surrounding (non-Jewish) society
- MLK Day, Thanksgiving, Yom HaShoah, Pesach, "Empire Day" etc.

The connection of the 5 Megillot with the Calendar cycle

Introduction of Contemporary Jewish poetry into liturgical cycle

Status and utilization of "classic piyyutim" in the liturgical cycle

High Holyday lectionary (Torah/Haftarah) - origins, evolution, meaning

Kol Nidrei - origins, problematics, contemporary structure

The "Vidui" (including "al chet") histiory and contemporary

"Placing", structure, texts and meaning of Martyrology, Avodah and Yizkor

4) Attend at least 3 "Festival Services". These should be gatherings designed to celebrate or commemorate a calendar event that occurs annually. 2 of these should be Jewish and one should be a gathering of a non-Jewish Faith community. Present a (written) report on all aspects, but especially reflecting upon the extent to which YOU felt and experienced the nature of the observance and connection to the symbolic calendar. Reflect a little on the way in which the experience supported or precluded deep connection with symbolic time. Between 1 and 2 pages on each.

5) Reflect upon the current use (or your desired use) of one classic piyyut (pre 1800) AND one contemporary poetic element (post 1975). How does the community move through the experience? How might the text be expanded? How could it be made relevant? Musical aspects may be included. This should be between 1 and 2 pages on each (not counting any translation or text that may be included).

Block A Shelosh Regalim

1. Common elements
Kiddush - evening and morning
Insertions to the Amidah - ma'ariv, shaharit, mincha
-- Musaph
Hallel
Yom Tov sheni shel Galuyot
Havdallah

For Session 2 (Feb 18th)

Review: Klein Ch. VI (pp 95 - 102) and/or Steinsaltz pp 146 - 156

Assignment: Close reading of all texts in Block A Section 1 above. With whatever commentaries are available to you
Millgram 205 - 208 - Amazon link for Milgram book
Elbogen 111 - 116
Hoffman, Canonization, 118 - 124
Waskow, pp 133 - 164
Wittenberg, p 138 - 168

2. Pesach

3. Shavuot

4. Sukkot - Shemini Atzeret/Simhat Torah

Block B Y'mei Hoda'ah, Ta'aniyot, Pre-modern "Notable Days"

Block C Contemporary additions to the Calendar

Block D Yamim Nora'im

For Session 2 (Feb 18th)

Review: Klein Ch. VI (pp 95 - 102) and/or Steinsaltz pp 146 - 156

Assignment: Close reading of all texts in Block A Section 1 above. With whatever commentaries are available to you
Millgram 205 - 208
Elbogen 111 - 116
Hoffman, Canonization, 118 - 124
Waskow, pp 133 - 164
Wittenberg, p 138 - 168