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.
Superficial Gossips, Self-Interested Crooks or Altruistic Visionaries?
LSJS April – May 2012
Session 1: The Text, Chazal and Rishonim 1
Session 2: Rishonim 2
Session 3: Ari and Shelah
Session 4: The School of Przysucha
The Haggadah with the Abarbanel’s Commentary
JLE March 2012
Session 1: Ha Lachma
Session 2: Dayenu
Session 3: Rabban Gamliel & Pesach
Discover how Jewish Law is meeting the Challenges of Cyberspace
LSJS Jan – Mar 2012
From the LSJS Website:
The Internet and the inexorable growth of modern technology have produced some fraught and fascinating dilemmas for Jewish law.
Just what exactly do modern halachists have to say about issues of copyright law in cyberspace?
What are their sometimes controversial rulings on software pirating, downloading music and surfing the Net using a neighbour’s connection?
Find out what the law is about automated commerce on Shabbat and shared ownership in shady businesses.
Explore the possibilities when it comes to balancing religious obligations with the modern realities of Internet commerce.
On this course you will:
Consider whether halachah recognises intellectual property and other intangibles
Examine an acrimonious copyright dispute that made Jewish legal history
Discuss how halachah views the ‘pirating’ of music, videos and software
Wrestle with the ‘eBay dilemma’ – the auction that ends on Shabbat
Compare a man convicted of ‘piggy-backing’ on a Wi-Fi connection with his 3rd-century counterpart
Session 1: Introduction to Copyright and Intellectual Property
Session 2: More Copyright, Software Piracy and Intellectual Property
Session 3: Erasing God's Name from a Disk, Screen or Website
Sessions 4 & 5: Internet Commerce & Shabbat
Session 6: 'Piggybacking' on a WIFI Connection
Session 7: Electricity on Shabbat: Rabbi S.Z. Auerbach v. Chazon Ish
Multiplicity and the Quest for Harmony