Lev Hakak

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First Civilizations See Full Profile

Overall 2.7 Easiness 3.3 Workload 3.3 Clarity 2.3 Helpfulness 3.3

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I took jewish studies 75 with Hakak.
He is very knowledgeable and knows what he is lecturing about. He really dissects the text we read and analyze things that never even crossed my mind. The text we read were very interesting as well, especially Agnon's short stories. They really made me think about life and all that good stuff. His two-hour lecture can be difficult to bear at times, but at least the second half of it is dedicated to jewish films, many of those i enjoyed. His midterm is easy, but you have to read every text he assigns. Even better, he allows you to make up your exam for an even better grade. His final comprises of 15 questions, and you choose and answer 12. I got an A in the class. Take his class, you really learn a lot about Judaism, their history, and their culture.

(June 27, 2009)
JEWISH 75
Modern Hebrew Literature Made into Films See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 3.3 Workload 3.3 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 4.0

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This class is made up of 3 short essays, a midterm, and a final. The midterm had eight short answer questions based on the readings and lectures. The final was the same format, however you can choose 12 out of 14 questions to answer. You need to do all the readings in order to do the essays and for the exams. I am selling the course readers and Professor Hakak’s book as well. Email me at taliapinhas@gmail.com

(Fall Quarter 2018)
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HEBREW 103B
Advanced Hebrew Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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HEBREW 103B
Advanced Hebrew See Full Profile

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HEBREW C140
Modern Hebrew Poetry and Prose Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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HEBREW C140
Modern Hebrew Poetry and Prose See Full Profile

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JEWISH 175
Modern Israeli Literature Made into Films See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 3.3 Workload 2.7 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness 3.0

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I genuinely do not understand how this class has any good reviews. Professor Hakak's lectures are incredibly unengaging and uninteresting. He's by far the least organized professor I've ever had—in drafting up the syllabus at the beginning of the year, he did not take into account the fact that we would have so many lectures cancelled due to Jewish holidays + Veteran's Day and therefore he constantly had to revise the syllabus (we got a final version of the syllabus with the complete list of readings during Week 9 which is far too late). We never really discussed the film aspect of the course in class—he only required that we watch the film adaptations of certain texts, and this was rather inconsistent. This made it difficult to keep up with the readings because we never knew what he was going to lecture on—he even had us write a paper on a story that he didn't lecture on until a week after the paper was due. I would not recommend this class to anyone in a million years, which is really unfortunate because I was really excited about this class when I first enrolled :(

(Fall Quarter 2019)
HEBREW C240
Modern Hebrew Poetry and Prose Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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HEBREW C240
Modern Hebrew Poetry and Prose See Full Profile

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NR EAST 375
Teaching Apprentice Practicum See Full Profile

Overall 2.8 Easiness 3.4 Workload 3.2 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness 3.4

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Yes Prof Hakak is a caring and charming man, and he means well, but Jewish 175 is simply the pits. Shai Agnon's short stories are genius and classic Hebrew/Israeli literature, but other than that we read works of canonic Israeli authors, but not their magnum opus, which I was a lil' bummed about. The lectures drag on, even amongst the low-budget Israeli movies, and only towards the end of the quarter did Hakak involve the class in discussions. The room was too big for the 35 participants and therefore I feel too distant from everyone and Hakak. The only thing that got me through the class was my general knowledge of Zionism, Israeli history, and relationships between Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews. Otherwise I haven't the slightest idea how any non-Jews survived. On the other hand, if you're interested in easy classes over worthwhile ones, I recommend this!

(March 3, 2011)
NR EAST 599
Ph.D. Dissertation Research and Preparation See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 3.2 Workload 3.8 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 3.2

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JS 175 is an easy class, selling the textbook, Modern Hebrew Literature and two course readers needed for the class (Jew 175). I got an A, and these books are absolutely necessary. I tried looking for stories online, but many were unavailable. All the exams and papers are based on the reading. Please contact me at 714-331-4626 if interested.

(July 26, 2015)
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