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Judaic Studies: Keywords

A general introduction to library resources that support Judaic Studies.

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Library of Congress Subject Headings

Library of Congress (LC) subject headings can help you search for library materials by a specific subject.

Judaism » Jewish Law » Jewish Way of Life

Jews Civilization » Jews Intellectual Life » Jews History » Jews Antiquities » Jews Social Conditions » Jews Social Life and Customs » Jews in Literature » Jewish Women »  Jewish Women Religious Life

Jewish Philosophy  » Jewish Ethics » Jewish Sermons American

Jews Identity » Jewish Diaspora » Jewish Nationalism » Zionism » Jews Politics and Government

Jewish Literature » Jewish Literature History and Criticism » Jews Folklore » Jewish Legends » Jews Music » Jewish Wit and Humor

Jewish Question » Antisemitism » Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) Causes » World War, 1939-1945 Jews » Jewish Resistance World War 1939-1945

Holocaust Jewish 1939-1945 Moral and Ethical Aspects » Holocaust Jewish 1939-1945 Influence

 

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Search Strategy using Keywords

1)    Determine the Key concepts of your topic

2)    Define your key words / search terms

3)    Choose your databases and resources

4)    Formulate the search statement

5)    Refine and focus your results

6)    Evaluate and manage the results

7)    Locate the full articles

(see the finding articles tab above)

Keywords and Sample Questions

Terms and names. Note that the terms include both English and Hebrew names of some items, such as feasts (e.g., Sukkot = Tabernacles).

Ahad Ha’am
Amalek
Ashkenazic
Baal Shem Tov
Besht
bi-national state
Buber, Martin
Conservative Judaism
covenant
cultural Zionism
Day of Atonement
Days of Awe
Diaspora
Exile
Exodus
Gemara
ghetto
Haggadah
Halakha
Hanukkah.    
Hasidism
herem
Herzl, Theodor
Hillesum, Etty
Holocaust
Holy War
ingathering
Kabbalah
Ketuvim
kibbutz
Luria, Isaac
Maccabees
Maimonides, Moses
Mendelssohn, Moses
midrash
Mishnah
moshav
Neviim
Orthodox Judaism
Passover
Pentecost     
Pesach
Philo Judaeus
pogrom
political Zionism
Promised Land
Purim
Reconstructionist Judaism
Reform Judaism
religious Zionism
Rosh Ha-Shanah
Sephardic
shalom
Shavuot
Shoah
Suffering Servant
Sukkot
Tabernacles
Talmud
Tanakh
Targums
tikkun
Torah
tzaddik
yetzer ha ra’
yetzer ha tov
Yom Kippur
Zionism
Zohar

Sample Questions and Issues:

Describe and distinguish the various Jewish holy books and traditions: Tanakh, Torah, Neviim, Ketuvim, Mishnah, Talmud, haggadah, halakhah, Targums, midrashim, Talmudic tales.

Describe the following concepts in Judaism and explain their relevance to issues of justice and peace: covenant, chosen people, promised land, holy people, sense of persecution.

Who were the Maccabees?  What part did they play in Jewish history? What Jewish religious holiday is associated with them, and what is the connection?

Explain the transition from early first century Judaism (centered around Temple worship) to Rabbinic Judaism.

Prepare yourself to recognize and identify  some key Jewish beliefs, and to discern when they are being incorrectly described.

Be able to describe or identify major Jewish religious feasts: Passover (Pesach), Pentecost (Shavuot), Tabernacles (Sukkot), the High Holy Days: New Year and the Day of Atonement (Rosh Ha-Shanah and Yom Kippur), Hanukkah.

Why do Jews (of the great tradition) keep the Law of Moses?

Distinguish the following Jewish groups: Hasidic, Orthodox, Reformed, Conservative, Reconstructionist, Ashkenazic, Sephardic. What gave rise to each? How do they compare with each other?

Distinguish political, socialist, cultural, and religious Zionism.

Among the many persecutions of Jews throughout history, what was unique about the Nazi Holocaust? How did Christians respond to the tragedy that their Jewish neighbors were facing? Describe several Jewish theological explanations of the Holocaust from different Jewish traditions.

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