Lecture series in Jewish Philosophy.
What was the purpose of Creation? What is man's place in the world? What are prophecy and prayer about? What is the significance of Shabbos and the Promised Land?
Explore these fundamental questions of Judaism from their sources, and become familiar with the systems developed by the great Torah thinkers: R' Saadiah Gaon, R' Yehuda HaLevi, R' Bachya ibn Paquda, Rambam and the school of the Mekubalim.
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The relationship between Hashem and His people is portrayed dramatically in the Song of Songs, a parable about love, which ends with a climactic trial: is the woman (Knesses Yisrael) faithful – a "wall" – or not?
Did the nation pass this great trial or did it fail? What are the ramifications for...
The return of the Babylonian exiles to Zion was supposed to be miraculous, like the first coming in the days of Yehoshua, but the "sin" had its effects and the Jews returned only by the permission of Cyrus, King of Persia.
What was the sin? Where did we go wrong? And what should we do to make...
Are we awaiting Hashem, or is He awaiting us?
The Kuzari maintains that our connection with Hashem depends on us. He awaits our interest; when we embrace Eretz Yisrael, the Shechinah will return and dwell amongst Yisrael.
Is this in fact the case?
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