Radical Rabbinic Ideas in Great Introductions
LSJS May – June 2012
From the LSJS Website
On this intriguing course, Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski will investigate the often surprising and always challenging contributions made to modern Jewish thought by little-known introductions to classic works.
Discover how Rabbi Yitzchak Abarbanel rocked the boat by considering whether Devarim is a full part of the Torah.
See how Rabbi Avraham Bornstein – the founder and ﬁrst Rebbe of the Sochatchover Hasidic dynasty – set tongues wagging by stating that learning Torah should be both pleasurable and enjoyable.
Explore how Rabbi Aryeh Leib Heller discussed how halachah has developed as the world around it changed.
You will also delve into other iconoclastic introductions by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato, Rabbi Shimon Shkop and Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman (Ramban) and ask how these redeﬁned the parameters of traditional Jewish thought.
Session 1: The Ramban's Introductions to the Books of the Torah
Session 2: The Abarbanel's Introduction to Devarim
Session 3: The Ramchal's Introduction to Mesilat Yesharim & Derech HaShem
Session 4: Rabbi Aryeh Leib Heller's Introduction to the Ketzot HaChoshen
Link to Benedict Roth's working translation here
Session 5: Rabbi Avraham Bornstein's Introduction to Egley Tal
Session 6: Rabbi Shimon Shkop's Introduction to Sha'arey Yashar
The translation used in this class is not available on-line. An excellent alternative, by Rabbi Micha Berger, appears here.
Session 7: The Piaseczno Rebbe's Introduction to Chovat HaTalmidim
The translation used in this class is a copyrighted text and not available on-line. It is available here.