19th-Century Existential Angst - Dostoevsky and Ishbitz

The Quest for Authenticity, Contemplating the Abyss and the Value of Laughter

LSJS October – November 2012

Dostoevsky, whose ‘Crime and Punishment’ defines the psychological novel, and Rabbi Mordechai Yosef Leiner, the controversial Rebbe of Izbica, were contemporaries from entirely different worlds.  Yet surprisingly, their writings address similar issues, reflecting the existential angst of their time.  In this short series, Rabbi Belovski will compare the approaches of these two writers in areas such as death, laughter and the pursuit of authenticity.


Class 1: The Quest for Authenticity

Class 2: Contemplating the Abyss

Class 3: The Value of Laughter