The Paper Assignment is due at any point during the last two weeks of the semest

The Paper Assignment is due at any point during the last two weeks of the semester. You can
incorporate any of the material that we have discussed up until that point, but be sure to include
no fewer than 2 primary sources and 3 secondary sources. Double spaced, 12 point font
I think Prompt 2 is better to do.
Prompt 1
Your friend is Jewish. Recently, they decided to finally sit down and read the Hebrew
Bible, cover to cover. Once they have reached the end (“Whoever is among you of all his
people, may the LORD his God be with him! Let him go up”) they got really upset. Some
of the ways in which their family has been practicing Jewish rituals seem unrelated to
what they were reading in the sacred text. When you are talking through the issue, they
tell you: “This is BS (they do not mean Biblical Studies)! The Judaism I’m familiar with is
fake. It’s nothing like the original Judaism of the Torah and the rest of the Bible!”
Write 6-8 page essay in response to your friend’s assertation, where you discuss and evaluate
their statement. Do you agree or disagree? Why? Can you offer some insights that would
help your friend to further think through the issue?
Prompt 2
You and your friend are walking through Brooklyn. Your friend, who has no background or
knowledge of Judaism, sees a Hasidic Jew in traditional garb and makes a comment as to that
individual’s “authentic” Judaism. You pause, unsure of what to say; the moment passes, and you
both continue walking.
Write 6-8 pages in response to your friend’s assertion, where you discuss and evaluate their
statement. Do you agree or disagree? Why? Can you offer any insights that would help your
friend to think through the issue further?

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