In week five we will be discussing Judaism and its relationship to media. In class we will be unpacking some of the core beliefs and practice related to religious Judaism and how they inform their response to and perceptions of various media technologies and context. Drawing on a book chapter entitled "History and Media Tradition: Discovering Baselines for Religious Approaches to New Media" we will consider how the history of Judaism provides a backstory of how and why religious groups, especial within Orthodox Judaism have responded to the media in particular ways. It argues that by paying close attention to how religious groups define their community, authority structure and negotiate their relationship with the printed word provide a basis for a particular group’s media values and tradition. Happy reading and I look forward to hearing your comments in class.