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Restoring the Holy: How Judaism Helped Build the West and How We Can Repair Our Culture

Yeshiva students go to Israel to immerse themselves in Torah. But what sort of culture should that Torah be practiced in? It is easy to see how our culture has degraded in many ways, but how should a Jew deal with it? This course will explore how the West became great, through the reexamination of Greco-Roman culture through a Jewish lens. It will consider how Jewish understandings were vital to the development of our culture. We will consider ways in which Jews can take responsibility for our civilization and play a leadership role in renewing it. Classes will focus on several key areas, including art, architecture, music, romance, and political liberty.

Dates: Oct 27, Nov 17, Dec 8, Dec 29, Jan 12

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