Philo. of Rav Soloveitchik - 14183 - JPHI 1845 - G
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Course Objectives The religious philosophy of R. Soloveitchik has significantly impacted the modern orthodox Jewish community as well as the trajectory of contemporary Jewish thought. Understanding and appreciating why R. Soloveitchik has been so influential will be the focus of our course. We will examine excerpts and various selections from his primary writings that will be organized topically, allowing us to reflect on a variety of fascinating problems, such as, the tension between reason and faith, the nature of Jewish chosenness, messianism and the allegorical interpretation of the Torah. Seminars will be discussion-based with the intention of fostering student’s analytical and critical thinking skills. 1. This course will allow students to gain an appreciation for R. Soloveitchik’s unique approach toward critical, fundamental questions of Jewish thought ● Should our religious beliefs be based upon rational arguments or tradition? ● Why does God allow evil to exist in this world? ● Does God intervene directly in the events that occur in our lives? ● Should one give reasons for the mitzvoth? ● What should one think about other religions? ● Why should one value and support the establishment of Israel? 2. This course will enable students to write and develop their own arguments, further assisting them to clarify and refine their understanding of Judaism. 3. This course will also foster students' awareness of the relationship between Judaism and Western philosophical thought.
Schimmel, Ilan S. (2021, Fall), Syllabus, Philo. of Rav Soloveitchik - 14183 - JPHI 1845 - G, Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University.
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