The course will make the Jewish mystical tradition- including Kabbalah and Hasidism- clear and comprehensible to adult learners. The topics include the Infinite God of Kabbalah, the ten Sefirot, the feminine aspect of God, the soul, the mystical meaning of Torah and Jewish rituals, Lurianic (Safed) Kabbalah, Hasidism, and Jewish meditation. This course is based on David Ariel’s Kabbalah: The Mystic Quest in Judaism.
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