Give your Judaism the intellection it deserves as you discuss and debate the most quizzical, controversial, and seemingly-unanswerable questions about Jewish belief and practice.
No religion is known for its rational basis and its welcoming of questions and intellectual debate quite like Judaism. As Jews we understand that curiosity is the greatest impetus for learning, and that our propensity to question is what propels us to constantly explore new ideas and discover new insights. Nowhere is this more apparent than in The Jewish Course of Why.
In preparing for this course, we asked 30,000 people for their biggest questions about Judaism. We selected the most popular among them and addressed each one with resonant insights from the greatest minds in Jewish history.
The Jewish Course of Why spans a diverse range of topics, from fun, light, and off-the-beaten-track questions, to more complex and controversial issues. Ever wondered why there are so many Jews in Hollywood? Why Jews eat gefilte fish and cholent and wish each other mazal tov and l'chaim? Why the Bible sanctions slavery and animal sacrifices? What is the cause of antisemitism? What does Judaism say about Christianity? About the role of women in Jewish life? You will also gain insight into mysterious Jewish practices, strange biblical narratives, and enigmas of Jewish identity.
Dr. Lawrence H. Schiffman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies; Director, Global Network for Advanced Research in Jewish Studies, NYU
This course will provide participants with a deep understanding of numerous traditional Jewish practices and customs and their historical context, and should greatly increase their appreciation for the unending intellectual quest that is a major part of Jewish life.
Dr. Lisa Aiken International Lecturer, Psychologist, Author of 11 Books
I wish that such courses had existed when I started learning about Judaism. What a wonderful way for beginners as well as people with much background to expand their knowledge of Judaism.
Michael Medved Nationally Syndicated Talk Radio Host
This exciting and substantive course will provide a more fulfilling perspective, answering the troubling questions that many of us are reluctant to even ask.