The injunction to “know thyself” was the first of three maxims inscribed on the temple of Apollo at Delphi in ancient Greece, and it has survived as a piece of conventional wisdom to this very day. But what does self-understanding really mean, and what might it entail? In this seminar, we will examine the idea of self-knowledge from the perspective of the Hebrew Bible—the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings—alongside some ancient and modern ideas from outside the Jewish tradition. In doing so, we will seek to discover greater insight into what Judaism can tell us about the human mind and heart.
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Meet the Instructors
Seminars are taught by Tikvah faculty and experts in the subject matter. Please note that course faculty are subject to change depending on availability.
Yakov is a clinical therapist specializing in trauma, sex-addiction, and other life-adjustment challenges. He is also public speaker and Jewish educator blending spirituality, philosophy, and psychology. In the classroom, Yakov is a passionate and engaging teacher whose main goal is to stimulate curiosity and independent thinking. For Yakov, the greatest teaching moments are when students develop original understandings to renew ancient ideas. Challenge, debate, and re-analysis are the staples of Yakov’s learning environment. He earned Semicha and a Masters in Jewish Philosophy from Yeshiva University, completed his Masters in Social Work from Walden University, and was a member of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. He lives in Chicago with his wife and four children.
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 B.A. from Yeshiva College, rabbinical ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and an M.A. 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.