Course syllabus / YU only
The course will consist of an in-depth study of themes in Jewish thought based upon insights and concepts of the
Vilna Gaon. Most of the discussions will relate to the holidays of Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkos, and Chanukah.
Given the brief and often enigmatic presentations typical of the Vilna Gaon, we will utilize numerous additional sources
to give context and expand upon the ideas of the Vilna Gaon himself. In this fashion, we will discover how a breadth of
sources can be utilized to illuminate concepts in Hashkafa, and we will see that seemingly disparate ideas in fact
complement one another and create a tapestry of Torah thought. Some of the ideas presented may be kabbalistic in nature.
The course will consistently use the original texts in the presentation of the sources. This is important as authors often
elucidate earlier sources and each expositor relates his concept with unique terminology and nuance. While students are
not obligated to master the reading of all the sources, strong familiarity in Hebrew text is important to be able to follow
the class. There may be some texts, which will identified in advance, that students will need to know for the tests.
Cohen, A. (2022, Fall). Syllabus : JPHI 1816: Hashkafa of the Vilna Gaon. Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University.
*This is constructed from limited available data and may be imprecise.