Develop your spiritual self and reflect on the social and political implications of faith in society. In this class, we will look at different ways Jewish thinkers, modern and ancient, understood how one becomes aware of the Divine. These include the use of rational logic, meditation, exploration of nature, traditional text study, and contemplation of the unexplained. In exploring these different models, we will elucidate varying Jewish pathways to faith.
In this three-part series, God in an Age of Certainty and Instability, Joshua Ladon, Shalom Hartman Institute Director of Education, explores Jewish faith today: we live in a paradoxical moment where certainty and instability feel simultaneously rampant. War, climate catastrophe, political partisanship, economic uncertainty, antisemitism – the list is long – create legitimate fears about our lives and our futures. Yet our leaders (political, religious, societal) speak in absolute soundbites. And through our digital technologies we feel like the ultimate protagonists – powerful, invincible, in full control of our destinies. To catalyze an engaged, robust, pluralistic Judaism, we require fluency in Jewish God-language. Our study of faith will serve our souls while inspiring us to strengthen society.
This program is part of Ideas for Today, curated courses by Hartman Institute scholars on the big Jewish ideas we need to think better and do better.
Other classes in the series God in an Age of Certainty and Instability: