This course will explore the spiritual teachings of Hasidism and the major figures of Hasidism and its modern interpreters. The major figures include the Baal Shem Tov, the Maggid of Mezritch, Levi Isaac of Berditchev, Nahman of Braslav, Shneur Zalman of Liadi (Habad-Lubavitch), Martin Buber, and others. Topics will include pantheism, mystical union, ecstatic prayer, self-transcendence, worshiping God through the evil impulse, and the role of the Hasidic master rabbi.
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