What’s Love Got to Do With It? Love and Emotions in Classical Jewish Sources
Many Jewish communities are having conversations about the importance of ahavat Yisrael, a love of Israel or love of the Jews. But what do we really mean when we ask if someone has that love, or when we require it in our community members and leaders?
The idea that one must love has a precedent in some of the central texts of Judaism. Sarah Wolf explores biblical and rabbinic sources that mandate love, as well as other emotions such as “joy,” in order to understand what might be at stake in our contemporary discourse.
NOTE: This program was part of our Summer 2021 Virtual Rabbinic Torah Seminar, Torah of Possibility for an Uncertain Future