Judaism needs compelling and inspiring voices to preserve our tradition in the modern world. The Torah must be made accessible and meaningful for those who want to deepen their commitment to Judaism without ignoring the insights and innovations of Western civilization at its best. In the last century, one of the most important American Jewish thinkers was Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, a man with impeccable rabbinic credentials who also understood the philosophical, scientific, and cultural trends of the modern age. This seminar course will introduce students to some of the key concepts of Rabbi Soloveitchik’s worldview: fate and destiny, majesty and humility, the “Torah of the Fathers” and the “Torah of the Mothers.” By exploring Rav Soloveitchik’s rich ideas, we will be in an excellent position to grapple with some of the biggest challenges in contemporary Judaism.
Rabbi Mark Gottlieb
The Tikvah Fund
Rabbi Mark Gottlieb is Senior Director of the Tikvah Fund and founding Dean of the Tikvah Institute for High School Students at Yale University. Prior to joining Tikvah, Rabbi Gottlieb served as Head of School at Yeshiva University High School for Boys and Principal of the Maimonides School in Brookline, MA, and has taught at The Frisch School, Ida Crown Jewish Academy, Hebrew Theological College, Loyola University in Chicago, and the University of Chicago. He received his BA from Yeshiva College, rabbinical ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Chicago, where his doctoral studies focused on the moral and political thought of Alasdair MacIntyre. Rabbi Gottlieb is a member of the Orthodox Forum Steering Committee and serves on the Editorial Committee of Tradition: A Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought. He lives in Teaneck, NJ, with his wife and five children.
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Tikvah aims to make all of our courses available to as many qualified students as possible. In the event that Tikvah needs to add additional sections, this course may be taught by a different faculty member with a similarly high level of expertise.