• Covering the period from the close of the rabbinic canon to the present day, Classics of the Jewish Tradition will introduce students to the most influential texts that have shaped Jewish culture, in a variety of genres and languages representative of the diversity of Jewish creativity. Through close reading of selected primary sources and a critical lens, we will consider the social, religious, and historical significance of the works treated in class against the background of the period in which they were written. Students will emerge with the content knowledge and analytical skills to respond meaningfully to the question of what defines a Jewish classic with reference to traditional answers to this foundational question.