The institutions of marriage and the family, which are central to the Jewish tradition and the human experience, face ideological, cultural and even practical challenges in an increasingly individualistic and relativistic Western world. Yet they remain central elements of the Jewish vision of the good life. We will grapple with these challenges through a variety of texts and worldviews, from both Jewish and non-Jewish writers, across various genres including religious, literary, and sociological. We aim to gain a more nuanced appreciation for the dynamics that sustain these deep-rooted institutions and the challenges they face in the contemporary world.
Dates: Oct 25, Nov 8, Nov 15, Nov 22, Dec 13, Dec 27
Sarah Rindner taught English Literature at Lander College for Women prior to making aliyah with her family in 2019. She writes frequently on Jewish and literary topics and is a regular contributor to Mosaic Magazine and the Jewish Review of Books. She has degrees in English Literature from Stern College and Columbia University and studied for a year at Midreshet Lindenbaum.