Monday, August 5, 2019

FALL 2019 MY TEACHER DAVID HARTMAN: SEEKER OF THRUTH

By Peretz Wolf-Prusan

We are coming upon the seventh year since the passing of Rabbi David Hartman (9/11/1931 – 2/10/2013), which does not seem possible because I hear his voice in my head nearly every day. He was one of the most creative Jewish intellectuals of our time and one of my greatest teachers. I studied under him in Jerusalem from 2001-2005. 

One of my classmates, Rabbi Ed Feinstein, wrote, "Hartman’s passion rose from his conviction. He perceived the singular spiritual significance of this moment in Jewish history. For Hartman, our emergence from the Holocaust and the rebirth of Israel initiated a new stage, the third stage, in the unfolding covenantal drama of the Jewish people.”

Hartman’s books include: Maimonides: Torah and Philosophic Quest, A Living Covenant: The Innovative Spirit in Traditional Judaism, Conflicting Visions: Spiritual Possibilities of Modern Israel and A Heart of Many Rooms, to name a few.

In this five-session seminar we will discuss his radical thinking and compelling ideas. 

Monday Evenings at 7:30pm
Osher Marin JCC
10/7, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2,12/16





Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Who We Read 2018-2019

Arthur Green
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
 Rachel Adler
Debbie Friedman
Irving "Yitz" Greenberg
Benay Lappe
Rabbi David Hartman
Abraham Joshua Heschel

David Ben Gurion
Judith Plaskow

Ze'ev Jabotinsky

Moses Maimonides

Abraham Isaac Kook

Samson Raphael Hirsch

Baruch deSpinoza
Martin Buber

Origins of Modern Jewish Thought Reading Plan


Texts, Podcasts and Videos Links to Click
Thinkers
Topics

Michael Chabon

Judah HaLevi
Moses Maimonides
Jewish Identity: Tribe or Peoplehood?  A closed or open community?

The enduring dynamic tension.
Baruch Spinoza

Moses Mendelssohn

Samson Raphael Hirsch













Responses to Modernity.  The evolution of Judaisms.
Session 3

Rav Kook Readings 
Rav Isaac Kook

Ze’ev Jabotinsky
Martin Buber


David Ben Gurion


Ben Gurion/Jacob Blaustein 
Imagining the Jewish State.  What happens when imagination becomes power?  Whose vision prevails? What are the dreams of Zion and where did they come from?
Session 4

Irving (Yitz) Greenberg 

Judaism and Modernity

The whole monograph is great, however, we will focus on pages 27-29, "The Impact of the Holocaust."

Greenberg: Principles of Pluralism


David Hartman 

Auschwitz or Sinai

David Hartman's Controversial Essay



EXTRA READING


“Cloud of Smoke, Pillar of Fire: Judaism, Christianity, and Modernity After the Holocaust”

Wyschogrod's Response to Greenberg

Irving (Yitz) Greenberg 
David Hartman 
Memory and Meaning.

Modern Jewish thought and identity wrestles with the Shoah and its impacts.
Session 5
Heschel

Prologue to The Sabbath

Buber

The Way of Man Read "Here Where One Stands"


Steinsaltz

From The Thirteen Petalled Rose, read "The Search for Oneself" 

The Thirteen Petalled Rose - The Search for Oneself

Green
Rabbi Green on the need for a
Personal Theology - Arthur Green


This podcast is an excellent introduction to the Kabbalah and an opportunity to hear Rabbi Green's voice and feel his personality.

Podcast: Arthur Green's 'Guide' Delves into Kabbalah on Fresh Air

This is a great and personal Green podcast:

Judaism Unbound

Abraham Joshua Heschel
Martin Buber
Adin Steinsaltz 

Menachem Mendel Schneerson

Arthur Green
Neo-Hasidism.  The greatest movement in modern Jewish history is the least understood.

Rachel Adler
Judith Plaskow
Blu Greenberg 
The Great Awakening and Sexual Revolution.  

Part 1
Session 7

New Voices in the Siddur


Marcia Falk, Debbie Friedman in Jewish Women and the Feminist Revolution

Folk music, Debbie Friedman, and more in THE MUSIC OF REFORM YOUTH CANTOR WALLY SCHACHET-BRISKIN


Adrienne Rich, Grace Paley, Marge Piercy, Chana Bloch, Debbie Friedman, Yehuda Amichai, Shlomo Carlebach
The Great Awakening and Sexual Revolution.  

Part 2.  

Arnold Eisen
Benay Lappe
Post-Modernisms.  Are we seeing the beginning of the end of the post-WW2 era and the creation of a new Jewish community?