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Who Am I?
Human Being, Citizen, Jew

Throughout Jewish history, Jews have struggled with the question of what ties them to all other human beings and what sets them apart. This question has taken on particular relevance in the contemporary world, where Jews in the United States and Israel must determine how their Judaism relates to their duties as citizens—in a country founded on the principle that all men are created equal, on the one hand, and in a Jewish state, on the other. This course will investigate the interplay of Jewish, civic, and cosmopolitan identity through a study of sections from four classic texts from the ancient world: Herodotus’s History, Aristotle’s Politics, the Book of Exodus, and the Book of Esther. As Jews, we will ask: what does it mean to be a human being and a citizen? As human beings and citizens, we will ask: what does it mean to be a Jew?