Jewish Intellectual History study group resumes on Wed. October 30th

Jewish Intellectual History: 16th through 20th Centuries (selected Wednesdays 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. 10/30/13 through 2/5/14)

Beginning on 10/30/13, Rabbi David Steinberg will be leading a study group that will meet most Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. In this Jewish Intellectual History study group, we will view together and discuss the remaining episodes of The Great Courses company's series of lectures on Modern Jewish Intellectual History: 16th through 20th Centuries  which we began viewing last year.  However, you do not need to have attended this study group last year in order to be able to participate in this year’s sessions. 

The videos we will watch together are narrated by Rabbi David Ruderman, PhD. Dr. Ruderman is a Professor of Jewish History at the University of Pennsylvania, who received his rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion and his PhD in History from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Our plan is to spend 15 minutes or so discussing the background of the particular video episode that we will be viewing, then view the half-hour long episode together, and then spend up to 30 minutes or so afterwards processing it together. The following link gives information about the video series that we will be viewing together:

The schedule is as follows:

10/30 – “Three Zionist Visions”  (Ahad Ha’am, Jacob Klatzkin, Louis Brandeis)

11/6 – “The Jewish Adventure with Socialism”

11/13 – “Hermann Cohen’s Religion of Reason”

11/20 – “Leo Baeck’s Mystery and Commandment”

11/27 – No class (“Erev Thanksgiving” and 1st night of Chanukah)

12/4 – “Martin Buber’s Religious Existentialism”  (and we can light a menorah for the eighth night of Chanukah)

12/11 – No class (Rabbi David in San Diego for the Union for Reform Judaism Biennial)

12/18 – “Jewish Law:  Martin Buber vs. Franz Rosenzweig”

12/25 – No class

1/1 – No class

1/8 – “Mordecai Kaplan and American Judaism”

1/15 – “Abraham Heschel – Mystic and Social Activist”

1/22 – “Theological Responses to the Holocaust”

1/29 – “Feminist Jewish Theology”

2/5 – “Current Trends in Jewish Thought”

You are welcome to contact Rabbi David Steinberg for further information 218-724-8857.

Advance registration is not required and interested students are welcome to commit to the entire course or simply to drop in on individual classes.

Posted on September 25, 2013 .