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Judaism in the Public Sphere: Religion, State, and Halacha

The Western political world is torn over a host of issues relating to ethics, political rights, the scope of government, and the role of religion in the public square.  Should a woman have a right to an abortion? Do the terminally ill have a right to die? Does a person have the right to own a gun? Jews engaged in debates on these issues want to be informed by Jewish perspectives on these topics.  This course will explore Torah perspectives on these critical issues and place them in dialogue with contemporary philosophical positions. We’ll further discuss if and how Judaism can contribute to public discussions on these contentious topics.

Takes place Mondays, 1:30-2:45 PM

Zoom: Nov 7, Nov 21, Dec 5, Jan 2, Jan 16, Jan 30, Feb 13 (Make Up Class)

In Person: Nov 4, Dec 30, Feb 10

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