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Why I Am a Jew: A Philosophical Exploration

In his seminal book A Letter in the Scroll, the late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks z”tl sets out a comprehensive presentation of his philosophy of Judaism. Written originally as a wedding gift to his son and daughter-in-law, it addresses the core questions of Jewish identity: How, in the face of such adversity, has Judaism remained and flourished, making a mark on human history out of all proportion to its numbers? What are the revolutionary philosophical and theological ideas Judaism has brought to the world? Are these ideas still relevant and compelling in our contemporary age? In short, Rabbi Sacks seeks to answers the question “Why be Jewish?” In this course, we will explore the major themes of this book, so we too can answer this question ourselves.

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