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Rabbi David Segal and Cantor Rollin Simmons

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Torah Study: Modern Jewish Thought


Rabbi David Segal • Aspen Jewish Congregation
rabbi@aspenjewish.org • 970-925-8245 x.1

Modern Jewish Thought
Thursdays* 1:30-3:00, January 10-April 18, 2013
@ Aspen Chapel, Basalt Library Community Room, and Online

In this 14-week course, we'll be introduced to the most influential philosophies of Judaism of the modern period. No prior knowledge of philosophy or theology necessary -- just curiosity and an openness to be challenged and challenge others! 

Registration: $54 covers the main textbook, additional handouts, and refreshments.
To register, call 970-925-8245 x.1 or email rabbi@aspenjewish.org.
ONLINE participation:
https://www.webex.com/login/attend-a-meeting, enter meeting # 192 543 805. Please email or call for the meeting password.
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Session Topics and Readings 

*sessions are at Aspen Chapel unless otherwise indicated*
  1. JANUARY 10. Introduction: The Problem of “Jewish Theology”
    1. Choices, Preface and Part I Ch 1 (pp. 3-25)
    2. Choices, Appendix (351-353)

  2. Systematic Theologies: The Rationalistic Models
    1. JANUARY 17. Hermann Cohen’s Neo-Kantianism
      1. Choices, Part II Ch 2 (29-51)
    2. JANUARY 31. Leo Baeck’s Religious Consciousness
      1. Choices, Part II Ch 3 (53-73)
    3. FEBRUARY 7. Nationalism & Zionism
      1. Choices, Part II Ch 4 (75-97)
    4. FEBRUARY 14. Mordecai Kaplan’s Naturalism - @ BASALT LIBRARY
      1. Choices, Part II Ch 5 (99- 121)

  3. Systematic Theologies: The Nonrationalistic Models
    1. FEBRUARY 21. Franz Rosenzweig & Martin Buber's Existentialism
      1. Choices, Part III Ch 6 (125-142)
      2. Choices, Part III Ch 7 (143-165)
    2. FEBRUARY 28. AJ Heschel’s Neo-Traditionalism - @ BASALT LIBRARY
      1. Choices, Part III Ch 8 (167-184)

  4. Contemporary Theologies
    1. MARCH 7. Post-Holocaust Theology
      1. Choices, Part IV Ch 9 (187-220)
    2. MONDAY MARCH 11. Soloveitchik’s Modern Orthodoxy
      1. Choices, Part IV Ch 10 (221-248)
    3. MARCH 21. Jewish Mysticism
      1. Choices, Part IV Ch 11 (249-280)
    4. APRIL 4. Borowitz’s Postmodern Judaism
      1. Choices, Part V Ch 12 (283-312)
    5. MONDAY APRIL 8. Jewish Feminist Theology
      1. Choices, Part V Ch 13 (313-340)

  5. APRIL 18. Conclusions and Visions
      1. Choices, Part V Ch 14 (341-350)

Note: syllabus subject to change!
*No class March 14 - will meet Monday March 11 instead
No class MaRch 28 (during Pesach)
No class April 11 - will meet Monday April 8 instead

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Readings

Required

Suggested for Further Study

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