Course Information

for Mysticism & Spirituality Department

 

Introduction to Kabbalah (MS3101)

Credits:3

Introduction to the basic vocabulary of Jewish mysticism, with a survey of its origins in classical mystical literature and medieval Kabbalah; followed by examination of mystical and kabbalistic concepts in modern psychospiritual applications. Texts are studied in translation to develop facility in thinking in mystical terms.

Introduction to Hasidut (MS3102)

Credits:3

A survey of the Hasidic movement which has inspired much of modern mysticism, beginning with the Ba'al Shem Tov and followed by his students and other important leaders. Basic concepts and practices of the classic Hasidic period will be emphasized, and modern developments from Hasidic roots will be selectively studied.

Psychospiritual Themes in Tanakh (MS3210)

Credits:3

Through study of selected themes, such as the Garden of Eden, the Akeida, the dreams of Jacob, and the figures of Moses, Jonah, and Job, this course probes the growth of the soul through the encounter with the numinosum and traces the details of the heroic journey as envisioned from various biblical perspectives.

Kabbalah, Mussar, & Social Action (MS3250)

Credits:3

Psychospiritual teachers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, from Reb Yisrael Salanter through the Chafetz Chaim, in their historical contexts. Methodologies and similarities to modern psychological thinking will be articulated.

Studies in Hasidic Texts (MS3321)

Credits:3

Selected Hasidic texts of historic or theological significance; topics vary. Examples are texts relating to the Baal Shem Tov, the Tanya (Likutei Amarim) of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, or the stories of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov.

Visionary Traditions (MS3340)

Credits:3

Investigations into prominent ancient texts important to the mystical tradition, including Enochian materials and texts from Qumran as well as biblical and rabbinic texts.

Zohar (MS3391)

Credits:3

Study of selections from one of mysticism’s most important texts, the Zohar (13th century), working with difficulties of translation and conceptual innovation; selected examples of later thinkers using Zohar may also be considered.

Special Topics in Mysticism (MS3495)

Credits:3

Study of major themes or writers in mysticism, such as Lurianic Kabbalah, or Hasidic masters; mysticism of the Temple; mysticism and modernity. Course is repeatable with permission of instructor.

Special Topics in Mysticism (MS3496)

Credits:3

Study of major themes or writers in mysticism, such as Lurianic Kabbalah, or Hasidic masters; mysticism of the Temple; mysticism and modernity. Course is repeatable with permission of instructor.

Special Topics in Mysticism (MS3497)

Credits:3

Study of major themes or writers in mysticism, such as Lurianic Kabbalah, or Hasidic masters; mysticism of the Temple; mysticism and modernity. Course is repeatable with permission of instructor.

Special Topics in Mysticism (MS3498)

Credits:3

Study of major themes or writers in mysticism, such as Lurianic Kabbalah, or Hasidic masters; mysticism of the Temple; mysticism and modernity. Course is repeatable with permission of instructor.

Special Topics in Mysticism (MS3499)

Credits:3

Study of major themes or writers in mysticism, such as Lurianic Kabbalah, or Hasidic masters; mysticism of the Temple; mysticism and modernity. Course is repeatable with permission of instructor.

Independent Studies in Mysticism (MS4000)

Credits:3

Advanced topics in specialized areas designed for individual study.