judaic studies

JUST 101 Introduction to Judaic Studies
Fall 2021
Binghamton University
Prof. Friedman
Assignment #3 Adding Your Voice (Midrash)

Due December 3 via Turnitin

Please see the Assignment Guidelines, with the addition that this assignment has a 500 word min. This is in addition to the quoted passages from Hebrew Bible and Midrash.

(1) Choose one piece of Biblical literature that we have read in class. It can be a single verse, a chapter, or even a simple expression. Write out and cite the bit you choose, including chapter and verse, and source of translation.

(2) Next, choose a commentary or Midrash on this verse, etc. Copy and cite this commentary, and explain what questions or issues it answers or responds to or raises, how it helps you understand something about the verse – roughly, how the commentary works.  In Sefaria, you may simply click on the verse you select to see links to many commentaries and Midrashim on the selection.

(3) Finally, add your own Midrash, in your own voice. As this part is a creative writing assignment, I am happy to follow your lead.

I strongly recommend using Sefaria for this assignment.You may also research the Midrash on any verses you choose.
The best version of a Write-Your-Own Midrash assignment is here. You might find some of the linked readings and notes very helpful.

You may use the MLA or APA for citations. You may use parenthetical citations for chapter and verse and then a Works Cited that includes information about the source and translation. 
The simplest way to cite, if you use Sefaria, is to use parenthetical citation:

In-text: (Berakhot 60b:1, Sefaria, 2021)
Your Bibliography/Works Cited: Sefaria.org. 2017. Berakhot 60b:1 | Sefaria. [online] Available at: [Accessed 7 May 2021].

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