This course explores how Jewish sources can help inform our understanding of contemporary social issues by looking at biblical, rabbinic, medieval, and modern denominational views on such issues as: What are the Jewish views on war and peace? What is the proper balance between the needs of the individual and the society in which we live? What does it mean to live in an interdependent society? What are the ideal characteristics and responsibilities of leaders? What are the most important actions that ordinary human beings can undertake? What is the Jewish approach to toleration of differences, recognition of minority viewpoints, and the conduct of respectful disagreement? What are the Jewish approaches to environmentalism, sustainability, diversity, and inclusion?
The course will illustrate the distinctiveness of medieval Judaism through an exploration of the major trends in medieval Judaism. Topics include the medieval Jewish mindset, Jews living under Islam and Christianity, Jewish-Muslim and Jewish-Christian cultural … Read More
In this course, we will examine the range of European Jewish responses to modernity and the shaping of modern Judaism in Europe through the twentieth century. Topics include the Jewish Enlightenment, the dynamics of Emancipation, … Read More