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Advanced Topics in Jewish Philosophy PHI 320

Major topics covered in the course are: the Oral Law and Rabbinical authority; analysis of critique of nontraditional trends in Judaism; immanental and eschatological aspects of Divinity and the relation of Torah to the physical world: contrasting views up until contemporary times; Jewish thought and commentary on modern anti-Semitism and the Holocaust; the issue of Da’as Torah in its historical and modern expressions; parameters of traditional Jewish faith in the contemporary world. Topics may vary.

Chassidic Writings – Tanya I REL 499

Among the topics covered are the structure of Tanya, the basic terminology of Tanya, the Divine Soul, the self and the ways and means of achieving a closer understanding of G-d, self and fellow man. Topics may vary.

Chasidic Writings – Tanya II REL 499

Among the topics covered are the Divine Soul, the self and the ways and means of achieving a closer understanding of G-d, self and fellow man, penitence. Topics may vary.

Ethics of the Fathers PHI 280

Major topics covered in the course are: charity, altruism and selfishness, humility, asceticism, spirituality, judicial ethics, theodicy, and eschatology.

Introduction to Jewish Philosophy PHI 200

Major topics covered in the course are: The philosophy of mitzvot, faith and reason, free will, the purpose of Torah study, Torah study for women in the modern world, self knowledge and character development, loving G-d and loving other human beings, honoring parents.

Introduction to Philosophy of MItzvot PHI 299

Major topics covered in the course are the laws and customs of Shabbat, the blessings, selected prayers, and women’s mitzvot. Topics may vary.

Jewish Philosophy – Rambam’s Thirteem Principles PHI 399

Rambam’s methodology in formulating the thirteen principles, the principles themselves, and related theological and philosophical issues. Topics may vary.

Jewish Philosophy: Interpersonal Relationships PHI 373

Major topics covered in the course are: examining issues of hatred, reproof, revenge, cynical and deceptive abuse, friendship, greed, and charity. Topics may vary.

Judaism: Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Issues PHI 200

Topics covered in this course are: The chosenness of Israel; equal opportunity; racial and religious tolerance; relationship with non-Jews; anti-Semitism; the seven Noahide laws; suffering; theodicy. Topics may vary.

Maimonides Laws of Repentance PHI 333

Major topics covered in the course are: the essence of repentance and atonement, components of proper repentance, Divine judgment, obstacles to repentance, free will, reward and punishment, and the Afterlife and the selfless love of G-d.

Philosophical and Theological Foundations of Jewish Prayer PHI 374

Major topics covered in the course are: careful examinations of the texts of prayers; the purpose of prayer; intention and devotion during prayer; the Morning Prayer: its components, themes, laws, and explanation of these items.

Philosophical Insights Into Song of Songs PHI 314

Major topics covered in the course: Introduction to the Song of Songs; metaphor in Torah literature; the metaphor of bride and groom; Peace as a name of G-d; the nature of relationship; the Festivals and the nation’s relationship with G-d; Oral Torah; women and Oral Torah; exile: its causes, significance, purpose and outcome and the responses to exile; Revelation; and imbuing the world with G-d’s Presence.

Principles of Jewish Belief – Contemporary Polemics PHI 417

Major topics covered in the course are arguments for the belief in G-d and arguments for Divine origin of Torah.

Science, Philosophy & Judaism PHI 403

Topics covered in this course are: how recent developments in science cohere with basic tenets of Judaism; presuppositions of scientific methodology; the limits of science; conflict resolution within science and between science and Judaism; scientific presuppositions of Judaism.

Studies in the Writings of Luzatto I PHI 377

Major topics covered in the course are: the moral values of vigilance, diligence, cleanliness, self-denial, purification, piety, humility, fear of sin, and holiness.

Studies in the Writings of Luzatto II PHI 396

Major topics covered in the course are: the systematic approach to philosophic teachings, the Creator, the purpose of creation, man, free will, the commandments, the essence of sin, and the spiritual realm.

Studies in Jewish Philosophy – ‘Duties of the Heart’ PHI 399

Selected topics from the following: Fundamentals and Basic Beliefs, The unity of G-d, Reflecting on G-d, Seven manifestations of the Divine Wisdom, Serving G-d, Obeying Gd’s directives, Trust in G-d, Devoting one’s acts to G-d alone, Humility, Repentance, Self examination and Asceticism and Loving G-d.

Studies in the Writings of the Maharal of Prague PHI 378

Major topics covered in the course are a reflection of the specific text which will be studied comprehensively. Text selection will vary.

Topics in Chassidic Thought PHI 411

Major topics covered in this course include Historical Background; The Opposition to Chassidut; Rebbe and Chassid; G-d’s Withdrawal and the Divine Light; Elul and Rosh Hashanah; Lech Lecha; The Forefathers; Esoteric Rectification; Worship through Corporeality; The Nature of Exile; Chanukah; Menorah and Mezuzah; The Eighth Day of Chanukah; Topics in Tzavaat HaRivash; Divine Providence and Creation; Creation and the Tabernacle; Purim: Fasting and Deliverance; Joy; Rosh Chodesh; Renewal; Passover Insights; Iyar; Preparation for Torah.

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