Me’ah Select: Creating Modernity and the Modern Jew

January 30, 2020 Lexington $350.00
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The Lexington Collaborative presents, “The Sacred and the Profane: Creating Modernity and the Modern Jew,” with instructor Rabbi Leonard Gordon, D.Min.

Beginning with Spinoza and concluding with contemporary Jewish feminists, our class will consider how secular and religious Jews shaped modern Judaism and modernism itself. Often pairing religious and secular figures who were contemporaries, we will look at the enlightenment, messianism, moral philosophy, Hassidism, life in Israel and the diaspora, the origins of the denominations and feminism.

Figures we will read include: Spinoza, Mendelssohn, Marx, Scholem, Ahad Haam, Freud, Salanter, the Hafetz Hayyim, Buber, Rosenzweig, Roth, Bialik, Rachel, Amichai, Plaskow, Piercy, Falk and Lefkovitz.

This 10-week course will meet weekly on Thursdays from Jan. 30 to May 7 (except for holidays).

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Me’ah Select is a one-semester, in-depth exploration of a specific theme, text, personality or slice of Jewish history, taught at the college level but without papers and assignments. It is led by outstanding instructors from the Me’ah Classic faculty.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Temple Emunah
9 Piper Rd
Lexington, MA 02421
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