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Academic Calendars

Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies

Calendars

Fall 2021 Academic Calendar
DAY/S OF THE WEEK DATE/S EVENT
Monday-Thursday April 26- August 31 Online Registration for Fall 2021 Semester. A late registration fee of $50 begins September 1
Wednesday August 25 First Day of Classes
Monday September 6 Labor Day, No Classes
Tuesday -Wednesday September 7-8 Rosh Hashana, No Classes
Thursday September 9 Tzom Gedaliah, No Classes
Friday September 10 Last day to Add or Drop a Course without special permission. 
Last day to withdraw and drop a course with 100% refund
Monday September 13 Written Comprehensive Exam for September 2021 MA Degree Candidates; Last Day to Submit Work for Fall 2020 Incomplete Grades
Last day to withdraw and drop a course with 75% refund
Monday- Tuesday Sept. 13-14 All classes will take place remotely
Wednesday- Sunday Sept. 15-Oct. 3 Yom Kippur through Sukkot Recess, No Classes
Thursday Sep. 30 Remote Instruction
Monday October 4 Classes Resume
Tuesday October 5 Last day to withdraw and drop a course with 50% refund
Monday October 18 Last day to withdraw and drop a course with 25% refund and without a “W” appearing on transcript.
Monday November 1 Last Day to File for Comprehensive Examination (with the Revel office) for January 2022 Degree to be taken on December 8. Last Day to File for January 2022 Degree with the Registrar’s office
Saturday November 6 Bernard Revel Memorial Day, 2 Kislev
Monday-Friday Nov. 8 - Jan. 28 Online Registration for Spring 2022 without a late fee
Thursday- Friday November 25 -26 Thanksgiving Recess, No Classes
Friday December 3 Last Day to Drop a Course.  Students are obligated to complete the work in any course not officially dropped by this date. Applications for spring 2022 admission to the MA program and for scholarships for that program (including all supporting documents) filed by this date will receive priority in the granting of financial aid. This also applies to scholarship applications from current MA students. Late applications will be considered
Monday- Monday Nov. 29-Dec. 6 Hanukkah, Classes Meet
Tuesday December 14 Fast of Tevet, No Classes
Wednesday December 15

Written Comprehensive Examination for January 2022 MA Degree Candidates

Monday -Tuesday December 20-21 Association for Jewish Studies Conference. Instructors may reschedule classes
Thursday December 23 Harry Fischel Memorial Day, 19 Tevet
Monday December 27 Tuesday Schedule
Tuesday December 28 No Classes
Monday January 3 Last Day to apply for admission to the Doctoral Program for Fall 2022, including submission of supporting materials
Tuesday Jan 4 Last Day of Classes
Monday January 31 Official Date of Graduation for January 2022

Spring 2021 Academic Calendar
DAY/S OF THE WEEK DATE/S EVENT
Mon-Mon Nov. 9 - Jan 25 Online Registration for Spring 2021 (program changes may not be made online after January 26) A late fee of $50 begins January 26
Thursday December 31 Last Day to apply for admission to the Doctoral Program for Fall 2021, including submission of supporting materials
Tuesday January 19 First Day of Classes
Friday January 29 Official Date of January 2021 Graduation
Monday February 1 Last Day to Submit Work for Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 Incomplete Grades
Tuesday February 2

Last Day to Add or Drop a Class without special permission. Last day to withdraw and drop a course with 100% refund

Friday  February 5 Last day to withdraw and drop a course with 75% refund
Wednesday February 10 Last day to withdraw and drop a course with 50% refund
Monday  February 15 Last day to withdraw and drop a course with 25% refund and without a "W" appearing on transcript
Tuesday February 23 Follows a Thursday schedule
Thursday February 25 Ta‘anit Esther, No Classes
Friday February 26 Purim, No Classes
Wednesday March 24 Follows a Friday schedule
Wednesday March 24 Preferred date for applications to the Masters Program for Fall 2021 admission, including all supporting documents, by applicants and current students requesting scholarships and fellowships. Late applications will be considered, but priority in the granting of financial aid will be given to those who file by this date
Thursday - Sunday Mar.25 - Apr. 5 Passover Recess, No Classes
Friday March 26 Last Day to File for Comprehensive Examination (in the Revel office) for May 2021 degree. Last Day to File for May 2021 Degree with the Registrar’s office
Wednesday March 31 Rabbi Samuel Belkin and Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Memorial Day, 18 Nisan
Tuesday April 6 Classes Resume
Wednesday April 7 Last day to Drop a Course. Students are obligated to complete the work in any course not officially dropped by this date.
Tuesday April 13 Follows a Thursday schedule
Thursday April 15 Yom ha-‘Azma’ut , No Classes
Monday-Thursday April 26 - August 26 Online registration for Fall 2021 semester
Wednesday May 12 Written Comprehensive Examination for May 2021 MA Degree Candidates. Last Wednesday Class
Thursday May 13 Last Thursday Class
Monday May 24 Last Monday Class
Tuesday May 25 Last day of Classes
Wednesday May 26 Commencement Exercises
Thursday July 22 Last Day to File for Comprehensive Examination (in the Revel office) for September 2021 Degree. Last Day to File for September 2021 Degree with the Registrar’s office.

HARRY FISCHEL SCHOOL FOR HIGHER JEWISH STUDIES AT BERNARD REVEL GRADUATE SCHOOL OF JEWISH STUDIES

Revel is offering an online summer program this year.

Application and scholarship request forms are at www.yu.edu/revel/admissions

Please submit these by email to reveladmissions@yu.edu

Course registration will be done online. Please go to : https://www.yu.edu/revel/student-resources.


SUMMER SESSION 2021

Classes for credit are open to qualified graduate and advanced undergraduate students in Jewish Studies and related fields at Yeshiva University and other academic institutions. (Appropriate documents must be filed in the Office of the Dean, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies). Students at Yeshiva University may take these courses toward fulfilling degree requirements. Students from other institutions may take the courses as transient students for possible transfer credit at their home institution. Qualified individuals who do not fit into these categories may register with permission of the Dean.

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

Classes meet
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday June 21-July 22

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday July 6-8


MONDAY April 19-THURSDAY June 24



Online Registration

MONDAY, June 21

First day of classes

MONDAY, June 28

Late registration. Last day to add a course.

THURSDAY, July 1

 

 TUESDAY, July 6

Last day to drop a course without its appearing on record. Last day to withdraw from a course with a tuition refund. Students will be subject to full tuition payment for classes dropped after this date.

Last Day to Drop a Course. Students are obligated to complete the work in any course not officially dropped by this date.

THURSDAY, July 22

Last Day of Classes

All classes 
 All classes will meet on Yeshiva University’s Zoom platform

For further information contact:
Office of the Dean
Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies
Yeshiva University
500 West 185th Street, Furst Hall Third Floor
New York, NY 10033-3201
Email:
reveladmissions@yu.edu

SCHEDULE OF COURSES

Jewish History
JHI 5337
Jews in the Lands of Islam III CRN 81295
Prof. Daniel Tsadik
9:00-10:40 AM
This course will cover aspects of Jewish life in the Middle East in modern times, from the early nineteenth to the mid twentieth century. It will address various topics, including transformations in the Jews' legal status, economic basis, communal organization and education. Certain aspects of their spiritual life, as well as women's place and music will be covered. The impact of Zionism, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the Holocaust on the Jews' lives will be also assessed in the course.

JHI 6487
Life in the Valley of the Shadow of Death: Jewish Religion, Culture, and Physical Resistance in the Nazi Ghettos of Eastern Europe CRN 81424
Prof. Joshua Karlip
12:00pm-1:40pm
In this course, we will explore not the mass murder of East European Jews during the Holocaust, but rather their lives in the “valley of the Shadow of Death,” in such places as the Warsaw, Vilna, and Kovno Ghettos. Regarding religious life, we will examine Rabbi Ephraim Oshry’s responsa in the Kovno Ghetto and Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira’s hasidic sermons in the Warsaw Ghetto. We also will look at the importance of Yiddish theater, literary clubs, and libraries in the Vilna Ghetto. In addition, we will learn the story of the Vilna Ghetto’s “paper brigade” and will discover Emanuel Ringleblum’s Oyneg Shabes archive in the Warsaw Ghetto. Methodologically, we will address the question of the extent to which pre-war local conditions determined Jewish religious, cultural, and physical responses to ghettoization and to what extent Nazi policies contributed to these responses.


Bible
BIB 6077
Battle Poems of the Bible CRN 81296
Prof. Aaron Koller
11:00 AM-12:40 PM
We will study biblical poems including the Song at the Sea, the Song of Deborah, and others. The focus will be on the language, ideology, and literary forms of the texts, as well as issues of parshanut. Talmud TAS 6895 The World of the Aggadah: Legends and Lore of the Talmudic Rabbis CRN# Prof. Steven Fine 6:00-7:40 PM The legends and lore of the ancient rabbis are windows into the lives of Jews under Rome, Byzantium and Sassanian Persia. This course explores topics in aggadah from the late Second Temple period through the rise of Islam. Sources examined include Tannaitic and Amoraic midrashim, piyyut, targum and archaeological discoveries. Particular emphasis will be placed on ways that modern scholars have interpreted these rich classical sources.

Talmud
TAS 6895
The World of the Aggadah: Legends and Lore of the Talmudic Rabbis CRN 81297
Prof. Steven Fine
6:00-7:40 PM
The legends and lore of the ancient rabbis are windows into the lives of Jews under Rome, Byzantium and Sassanian Persia. This course explores topics in aggadah from the late Second Temple period through the rise of Islam. Sources examined include Tannaitic and Amoraic midrashim, piyyut, targum and archaeological discoveries. Particular emphasis will be placed on ways that modern scholars have interpreted these rich classical sources.

Jewish Philosophy
JPH 6201
Virtue and the Good Life in Medieval Jewish Philosophy CRN 81298
Prof. Alexander Green
7:50-9:30 PM
Between the 12th and 15th centuries, medieval Jewish philosophers began to explore the idea that one of the central purposes of the Torah is to cultivate good character among its adherents. This idea of virtue ethics, elucidated by Aristotle in his Nicomachean Ethics, was adopted by a host of Jewish thinkers such as Moses Maimonides, Levi Gersonides, Hasdai Crescas, Joseph Albo and Isaac Arama, all of whom began to develop new ways of explaining how the cultivation of moral virtues and the pursuit of happiness are central to the Torah and the Jewish tradition. This course will guide students through some primary medieval Jewish philosophical texts and discuss them in light of their ethical teachings. It will also incorporate key secondary literature in order to examine the various ways of interpreting these sources. In addition, the course will include a sustained discussion of the nature of ethical behavior and how it relates to the teachings of Torah.

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