Category Archives: Teaching

Online courses – Fall 2020 – Sex, Zionism


Because of ongoing caution around the coronavirus pandemic, my two courses this Fall will be offered on line. This makes them available to you wherever you are in the world.

The two courses are Religion & Sexuality (RLGN  1424) and Zionism: Religious Perspectives (RLGN 3400). Both courses begin September 9, 2020 (enrolment is open till September 23) and end December 11. If you are not a University of Manitoba student please contact the Department of Religion about how to enrol.

I’ll post more information here as I figure out how offering these courses on line will work! Your ideas are welcome.

Song of Songs ~ Temple Shalom Winnipeg program April 19, 2020


Video of this program with me and Jane Enkin: Song of Solomon


Song Lyrics (pdf file)



Verses from Song of Songs (pdf file)



Traditional Chanting of Shir HaShirim (YouTube links)

Moroccan Jewish (begin at 1:10)

Ashkenazi Trope


Article by Phyllis Trible

TribleLovesLyricsRedeemed (from her book God and Rhetoric of Sexuality, Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1978)


Taking the Imagery Too Literally

Cartoon by Den Hart, 1978

Teaching update


I am on sabbatical for the 2019-2020 academic year.

In Fall 2020 I’ll be teaching my most popular course, Religion & Sexuality (RLGN  1424, Monday-Wednesday-Friday 10:30-11:20), and a course in a controversial field, Zionism: Religious Perspectives (RLGN 3400, Monday-Wednesday-Friday 12:30-1:20). Both courses start on Monday September 7 and end on Monday December 7 (no exams).

In Winter 2021 I’m scheduled to teach Introduction to Judaism (RLGN 2140, Tuesday-Thursday 11:30-12:45), and a brand new addition to our Religion curriculum, Atheism (RLGN 2200, Tuesday-Thursday 10-11:15). These courses begin Tuesday, January 5, 2021, and end on Tuesday April 6 (no exams!)

Let me know your suggestions for what to teach the year after that 🙂

Sex, Jews, and storytelling: Courses 2018-2019


Here are the courses I am offering at the University of Manitoba for 2018-2019:

FALL 2018

 Storytelling and Religion RLGN 2072

The focus of this course is on oral storytelling in Anishinaabe and world traditions; it includes storytelling by visiting storytellers and by students.

MWF 9:30 – 10:20 Sept-Dec 2018


Introduction to Judaism RLGN 2140

Even if you have taken one of my Judaism-related courses, this course would be appropriate to learn in more depth about Jewish history, stories, and ways of thinking.

MWF 11:30 – 12:20 Sept-Dec 2018


The Aramaic Language of the Zohar RLGN 3560 ; graduate section RLGN 7240

Aramaic is the language Jesus spoke and the language of many Jewish holy books and prayers. The Zohar is the most important book of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) and its form of Aramaic is especially simple and easy to learn.

This is a directed reading course – let me know if you want to take it and we will work out an appropriate time slot (Sept-Dec 2018)



Religion & Sexuality RLGN 1424

This is a look at a variety of religions with a focus on sex, gender, and the body.

T & Th 10 – 11:15 Jan-Apr 2019


Hasidism RLGN 3280

The bearded, black-hatted men with side curls who are the most visible representatives of Judaism are Hasidic Jews – followers of a rich tradition with its own music, stories, and spiritual practices which may be the future of Judaism as a whole. This would be an excellent follow-up course to Introduction to Judaism or any Judaism course.

T & Th 11:30 – 12:45 Jan-Apr 2019


 Midrash – Judaism honours/graduate seminar RLGN 4300 / RLGN 7160

Sacred scriptures can become deadly when they are read literally; they come alive when they are read through the ancient techniques of Midrash.

This course introduces texts of Midrash (creative, imaginative Jewish interpretations of the Bible) and their methods of reading, which we can use as well.

Prior knowledge of Judaism or the Bible would be helpful but is not required.

Tues 2:30 – 5:15 pm Jan-Apr 2019


Arguments, Sex, Stories: Courses 2016-17


My course offerings 2016-17:


Fall 2016 (Sept-Dec)

INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM ~ RLGN 2140 ~ Tues/Thurs 1-2:15 course outline

THE TALMUD ~ RLGN 3810 ~ Tues/Thurs 10-11:15 course outline

SEMINAR ON STORYTELLING & NARRATIVE ~ RLGN 4430/7020 ~ Tuesdays 2:30-5:15  course outline (undergrad) course outline (graduate)


Winter 2017 (Jan-April)

RELIGION & SEXUALITY ~ RLGN 1424 ~ MWF 10:30-11:20



Courses: Winter 2015


In Fall 2014 I am on research-study leave, but in Winter 2015 I am offering three courses in Religion and Judaic Studies. They are for anyone interested in exploring cultures and ideas. My courses do not include exams, and most have a creative project as an option in addition to regular research papers and assignments. I am very available to my students for consultation and support.


Religion and Sexuality (RLGN 1424)

MWF 9:30-10:20 am, January 7-April 10

St. Paul’s College room 100

An introduction to world religions through the lens of sexuality, exploring how sexual desires and practices are celebrated, regulated, imagined and constructed in different religions. Topics may include pleasure, procreation, sexual and gender identities, marriage, asceticism, erotic imagery of divine beings and divine-human relations.

3 credits crn 26277 section A01

Humanities Course, Religion Area B, University 1 Course, Written English Requirement

Introduction to Judaism (RLGN 2140)

MWF 11:30-12:20, January 7-April 10

University College 386

An exploration of Jewish religious experience: the rhythms of time, the sensory life, sacred texts, collective memory, rules and resistance to rules. The course will introduce Jewish ways of learning, and consider Judaism as a test case for concepts in religious studies, including “religion” itself.

3 credits crn 26280 section A01

Humanities Course, Religion Area A2, Written English Requirement. May be counted toward a Minor in Judaic Studies.

Kabbalah (RLGN 3824)

MWF 1:30-2:20, January 7-April 10

Tier 505

Kabbalah is a centuries-old stream of Jewish thought and practice which encompasses mysticism, ethics, spiritual practice and magic. Students will come away from this course with a working knowledge of the Zohar, the central text of Kabbalah, its radical theology and its mythical-symbolic mode of expression. The course also explores the influence of the Zohar within Judaism and beyond and related scholarly debates.

3 credits crn 26286 section A01

Humanities Course, Religion Area A1. May be counted toward a Minor in Judaic Studies.

For a list of courses offered in past years, see my CV posted on