Course of 12 weekly meetings on Wednesdays from 6pm - 8.15pm
Rabbi Dr. Avi Kadish on "Polar Tensions in Jewish Tradition"
In this course we will explore acute tensions between competing values within the Jewish tradition as they are expressed in Jewish thought, Jewish law and popular practice. Our goal will not be to adjudicate between opposing values and determine which side is “right,” but rather to understand these arguments as axes of tension upon which each person in every time and place must look for the best point of balance. Our test case for this study will be dialogue versus ritual in Jewish prayer.
17.2.21 Address, Petition, and Motivation in Biblical Prayer
“A person has an inner world, but the gift of expression comes from the Lord”
24.02.21 The Social Analogy: Confession, Blessing, and Praise
03.03.21 Sincerity, Spontaneity and Prescription in the Bible
10.03.21 Midrash and Talmud: The Social Analogy and its Fissures
17.03.21 The Paradoxes of Prayer
24.03.21 “For Me or for God?”– From Philosophy to Kabbalah (1)
21.04.21 “For Me or for God?” – From Philosophy to Kabbalah (2)
28.04.21 “Blessings and Prayers, Kiddushes and Havdalahs” – What are they and when are they from?
05.05.21 “Blessings and Prayers, Kiddushes and Havdalahs” – How and why how did they emerge?
19.05.21 “Better not to pray”: The Rabbinic Dilemma of Kavvanah
26.05.21 The Ideological Factor in Modern Jewish Prayer
09.06.21 Self and Community in a Time of Pandemic