April 30, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Facilitator: Joel Schwartz, jschwartz [at] neh [dot] gov
Three Sunday evenings, 7:00-9:00 PM
April 30, May 7, and May 14
Yehuda Halevi’s Kuzari (published in 1140) is an unusual philosophical work; it is in many respects a critique of philosophy, and it is a work written by someone who was a great poet as well as a great thinker. Along with the Zohar, it is one of the least-read great Jewish books.
In this course we will study excerpts from this lengthy work, paying attention to the book’s form (it’s a dialogue, so it’s important to think about the characters of the speakers) as well as its content.
We’ll focus on two main questions: What Yehuda Halevi thinks about philosophy, and what he thinks about Jews and Judaism.