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Jewish Intellectual History

Upcoming Sessions

1. Sunday, November 1, 2020 14 Cheshvan 5781

10:30 AM

2. Sunday, November 15, 2020 28 Cheshvan 5781

10:30 AM

3. Sunday, December 6, 2020 20 Kislev 5781

10:30 AM
Past Sessions
Sunday, October 18, 2020 30 Tishrei 5781 - 10:30 AM
Sunday, August 23, 2020 3 Elul 5780 - 10:30 AM
Sunday, August 9, 2020 19 Av 5780 - 10:30 AM
Sunday, July 26, 2020 5 Av 5780 - 10:30 AM
Sunday, July 12, 2020 20 Tammuz 5780 - 10:30 AM
Sunday, June 28, 2020 6 Tammuz 5780 - 10:30 AM
Sunday, June 14, 2020 22 Sivan 5780 - 10:30 AM
Sunday, May 31, 2020 8 Sivan 5780 - 10:30 AM
Sunday, May 17, 2020 23 Iyyar 5780 - 10:30 AM

Jewish Intellectual History: 16th to 20th Century
Sponsored by Gevarim
 

God. Torah. Israel. This Great Courses video lecture series looks at how these three concepts—incorporated in personal belief, the meaning of Jewish ritual acts, and the purpose of continued Jewish existence—have been the focus of Jewish thought throughout history.


NEW - STARTING OCTOBER 18

►TI Members:
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► Non-members:  Contact Andrew Reamer for Zoom information.


Jewish Intellectual History: 16th  to 20th Century will present the varying ways in which a small group of thinkers has attempted to answer the following  difficult challenges, and reflected deeply on the relevance of Jewish texts and traditions to modern Jews:

  • In a world with a history of untold suffering—especially, it seemed, for Jews—was the existence of an all-powerful and comforting God still tenable?
  • What were the purpose and meaning of Jewish practices and customs, given the increasing number of Jews who placed greater value on their own autonomy?
  • Could Jews still justify the notion of a "chosen people" in a society where Jewish integration and full participation with the rest of humanity had become the norm?

Professor David B. Ruderman of the University of Pennsylvania will completes each video lecture with an evaluation of current Jewish thought and the argument that has been raised that it may no longer be relevant.

TI member Professor Allan Tulchin will lead post-lecture discussions.

View the course guidebook here.


Previous Classes

October 18                 Lectures 17 & 18
Listen to lectures here: Lecture 17 & Lecture 18

August 23                   Lectures 15 & 16
Listen to the lectures here: Lecture 15 & Lecture 16

August 9, 2020        Lectures 13 & 14
Listen to the lectures here: Lecture 13 & Lecture 14

July 26, 2020            Lectures 11 & 12
Listen to the lectures here: Lecture 11 & Lecture 12

July 12, 2020            Lectures 9 & 10

Listen to the lectures here: Lecture 9 Lecture 10

June 28, 2020           Lectures 7 & 8
Listen to the lectures here: Lecture 7 & Lecture 8

June 14, 2020           Lectures 5 & 6
Listen to the lectures here: Lecture 5 & Lecture 6

May 31, 2020           Lectures 3 & 4
Listen to the lectures here: Lecture 3 & Lecture 4

May 17, 2020           Lectures 1 & 2
Listen to the lectures here: Lecture 1 & Lecture 2

Learn more about this lecture series here.

Find previous courses sponsored by Gevarim here.

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