The Aleppo Codex is the oldest Hebrew Bible in existence today. Scribed around 900 CE in Tiberius, it traveled to Aleppo, Syria, in the 15th century, where it was preserved for 500 years. From there it was smuggled to Israel just after the founding of the state, but in the process, many of its sacred pages went missing.
The issues most at stake in the Jewish world today have roots in the great debates emerging in the early modern era: Western Jews’ relationship to Israel and Zionism, how to address anti–Semitism, and the contours of Jewish identity.
Banned from public performance in Israel, both embraced and shunned by lovers of music internationally, Wagner's music continues to arouse passion among those sensitive to its use by the Nazi regime to promote its evils mission through the arts.
A towering intellectual figure, Sholem pioneered the study Jewish mysticism as a legitimate academic discipline, revealing an extraordinary world of myth and messianism. Read and discuss "Gershom Sholem: Master of the Kabbalah" for a view into Sholem's inner life that illuminates his most important writings.
In this course, we will examine a range of Jewish sources that address the issue of social justice. Using selections from the Bible, Talmud, early rabbinic sources and commentary of modern rabbis, we discuss the ethical impulse in Judaism and the spiritual endeavor to make our world more just, compassionate and godly.
One of the greatest painters of the 20th century, Rothko immigrated to the United States from Russia as a child. His difficult integration, fraught with experiences of marginalization, led to his development as a major player in the social struggle of American artists.
Primo Levi was an Italian scientist and Holocaust survivor, but is best known as a writer and innovative thinker. His work combines a scientist's attentiveness to structure and detail, and a powerful and passionate moral imagination.