Pledge 30: The Kuzari

Conference Room

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.

Audio Recordings from previous class >>

kuzari_syllabus13.45 KB
kuzari_readings_week_one_part_one.pdf3.47 MB
kuzari_readings_week_one_part_two.pdf3.83 MB
kuzari_readings_week_two.pdf5.8 MB
kuzari_readings_week_three_part_one.pdf3.43 MB
kuzari_readings_week_three_part_two.pdf2.84 MB

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