In a series of six accessible, eloquent, almost prophetic lectures entitled “The Persistence of Faith,” first broadcast on the BBC in 1990, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks outlined the central threats and opportunities facing the West in the decades ahead. He discussed the changing roles of the family, community, tradition, religion, and the state, and he identified the wisdom that Jewish thought can bring to bear on the urgent concerns that emerge in the modern age. In many ways these wide-reaching lectures provide an entryway into the incredible mind of Rabbi Sacks. In this parent-child course, we will study this unique blueprint for making sense of our changing world, as thoughtful Jews in search of wisdom, meaning, and a Jewish rock on which to stand.
In this class, parents and their children will study together—exploring critical texts on Jewish thought, history, and traditions—and create a shared language that allows for a rich learning experience.
Student applicants for this class will be asked to identify their adult learning partner during the application process. Students may elect to learn with a parent, grandparent, mentor or another important person in their lives.
Generously supported by Diane Troderman
Rabbi Dov Lerner
Dov Lerner serves both as the Rabbi of the Young Israel of Jamaica Estates and a Resident Scholar of Yeshiva University’s Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought. In the latter capacity, he has taught courses on Milton, Malbim, Dante, and the World to Come, and led seminars on the intersection of C.S. Lewis and Shakespeare with Jewish thought. He received rabbinic ordination from RIETS, has a BA in English Literature from Yeshiva University, and an MA in religion from the University of Chicago, where he is a PhD candidate specializing in modern biblical exegesis.
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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.