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The Really Big Questions About Judaism

Instructor: Yoram Hazony
Dates: Jul. 12 | Jul. 19 | Jul. 26 | Aug. 2
Time: Mon., 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT
Cost: $100

The Prophets of Israel gave us a Bible that combines law with narrative and poetry. Contemporary philosophy tends to assume that these narratives do not deal with the kinds of “really big questions” that were of interest to Greek philosophers.

But is this really true?

In this class, we will look at some of the biggest human questions addressed by the Torah and the Prophets. Questions like: What can we say about the fundamental nature of the created world? About the flaws that we see in God’s creation? What does man seek in life and what does the Torah want from man? What is the purpose of the nations and of Israel? What did God want to see happen at Sinai and what actually happened? Is there such a thing as Truth and is the Torah supposed to be the Truth? What can we know about God’s nature and his will? Can we experience God? As we try to answer these questions, we’ll keep an eye on where Greek and modern philosophy might agree—and disagree.

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