Mysticism and Kabbalah: Secret Knowledge in Judaism.
Getting beyond Madonna, red strings, and hocus pocus, this study of Mysticism and Kabbalah provides a deep, accurate, and intellectually honest understanding of what for centuries has been esoteric knowledge available only to a chosen few. The course gives students the framework to understand the development of Jewish mysticism utilizing the texts that have been central to that tradition. While grounded in scholarship, each class will include components that address the mysteries of human existence and many of life’s eternal and universal questions. 10 Lessons over 5 weeks, taught by Nachi Mendelow. Sunday and Monday evenings from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at Herzlia High School, beginning 14 February.
Israeli Literature as a window to Israeli Society.
A fresh and fascinating examination of Israeli society since the birth of the State in 1948. Through the pens of its leading writers, participants encounter an Israeli society that is original, contemporary, honest and proud. Reflections of the mythic Israel are matched by poetry and prose that is challenging and self-critical, and both offer profound insight into the Israeli national psyche. 10 Lessons, taught by Aviva Laskov. Tuesday Evenings from 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM in Sea Point, beginning 9
Torat Chessed: Jewish Ethics and Social Justice
Why does Judaism care about making the world a better place? In this course, we will discuss Judaism’s ethical roots and question whether there is a specifically Jewish way of improving the world. How do Jewish perspectives on humanity and the purpose of life affect our attitude toward giving to others? What perspectives on social responsibility are found in Jewish sources and how do they make a difference to the way in which we contribute to society and give to others? 5 Lessons, taught by Anthony Knopf. It will run on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at Herzlia High School, beginning 17 February.