Jewish Theological Seminary Curriculum
Beyond Dispute: Debates that Shape Jewish Life
Sun / Jan 12; Feb 9; Mar 1, Mar 29 / 10:00 am
Debates – philosophical, spiritual, ethical, and cultural – are at the heart of Judaism and Jewish life. Are religion and reason compatible? Can Jewish law change in response to context? How do we teach and talk about the Holocaust and the State of Israel? Is our relationship with God defined by human obligation or divine compassion? In these 4 sessions, we will study texts that show the emergence of these debates over the course of Jewish history and their continued resonance for contemporary Jewish life. Going beyond the conflicts themselves, we will uncover the essential questions that underlie them in order to build a more inclusive view of the Jewish past, present, and future.