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
Rabbi Mitchell Rocklin
Rabbi Mitchell Rocklin serves as the president of the Jewish Coalition for Religious Liberty and is also a resident research fellow at the Tikvah Fund. He received his PhD in history from the CUNY Graduate Center, held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton University and Yeshiva University, and taught at both CUNY and Princeton. He is also a Chaplain in the Army National Guard with the rank of Major. Rabbi Rocklin has served as a member of the Rabbinical Council of America’s Executive Committee and Military Chaplaincy Committee, and as a congregational rabbi in Connecticut. His writings have appeared in a number of publications, including The Los Angeles Times, National Review Online, The Daily Wire, The Forward, The Public Discourse, and Mosaic.