Objectives of the course
This semester we will focus on a variety of significant topics in Jewish thought. Through
studying the writings of seminal Jewish thinkers from both the medieval and modern periods, we
will develop a deeper understanding of the history of Jewish thought as well as achieve a greater
appreciation for the relationship between philosophy and Judaism. The excerpts and passages
that have been selected will allow us to reflect on a variety of fascinating problems: such as, the
tension between reason and faith, the nature of Jewish chosenness, theodicy and the allegorical
interpretation of Scripture. We will also examine issues pertaining to the meaning of the
commandments and the religious value of family life. Seminars will be discussion-based with the
intention of fostering student’s analytical and critical thinking skills.
Schimmel, Ilan. (2021, Spring), JPHI 1131 - EM Introduction to Jewish Philosophy, Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University.
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