Rav Kook's Faith
Tuesday January 31, 2017
The class will begin in:
6 days, 18 hours, 35 minutes
Instructor: Rabbi Jeffrey Saks
Class Resources & Information
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|January 19, 2016 10:00PM - 11:00PM|
Rav Kook's Faith
I'm looking forward to beginning our study of Rav Kook's teachings about faith and belief - a topic that took on new urgency in the early 20th century as the Jewish world underwent historic transitions.
Each week we will explore different texts from Rav Kook's writings (in English where available), and as we go along I will try to fill in background to his life and thought. Those who want to do independent reading are strongly recommended to get Yehudah Mirsky's Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution (Yale, 2014). Attached is the short bibliographical essay appended to that book which is a good road map to those who want to read further.
For a brief biographical sketch of Rav Kook, see the introductory pages attached from Julian Sinclair's edition of Rav Kook's Introduction to Shabbat Ha'aretz (Hazon, 2014).
For our first session we will look at a 1905 letter on the topic of freedom of thought and belief (from Letters I:20, attached in Hebrew and English).
As always, I welcome your feedback and input as we move though the course - firstname.lastname@example.org
|January 26, 2016 10:00PM - 11:00PM|
Faith and Science
In another letter to his disciple Moshe Zeidel (Igrot I:134), attached in Hebrew and English, Rav Kook discusses scientific truths and religious truths and their bearing on faith.
Read Aryeh Baruch's short essay written on topics discussed in this session: http://blog.webyeshiva.org/parallel-postulate-truths-rav-kook-rambam/
|February 2, 2016 10:00PM - 11:00PM|
General Trend and Divine Providence
We will examine a passage from Orot HaKodesh II, pp. 412-413 , attached in Hebrew and English.
|February 9, 2016 10:00PM - 11:00PM|
Faith and Love
How are faith and love connected? What do each have to say to contemporary civilization? A source from Orot HeTechiya #17 - from this newly translated edition.
|February 23, 2016 10:00PM - 11:00PM|
Prayer and Faith
Rav Kook's siddur commentary (Olat HaRaaya) is a storehouse of sharp insight on his philosophy of prayer and how that intersects with our theme of faith. We will look at passages from the introduction - attached in vocalized Hebrew from an anthology of his writings on prayer, Orot HaTefillah.
|March 1, 2016 10:00PM - 11:00PM|
Belief and Non-Believers
In a series of letters about how we should interact with non-religious and non-observant Jews (including family members), Rav Kook develops ideas that are central to his views on faith, belief, and the Jewish people.
|May 17, 2016 10:00PM - 11:00PM|
We will resume our exploration of Rav Kook on faith (on May 17) with his text Midot HaEmunah (from his work Midot HaRa'ayah).
The text is attached in Hebrew and in English translation.
|May 31, 2016 10:00PM - 11:00PM|
Midot HaEmunah 2
|June 7, 2016 10:00PM - 11:00PM|
Midot HaEmunah 3
|June 14, 2016 10:00PM - 11:00PM|
Rav Kook: Faith and Litertaure
Changing pace a bit we will look at Rav Kook's views (from a variety of sources) on the relationship between literature and faith.
|June 21, 2016 10:00PM - 11:00PM|
Faith and Literature 2
Continuing our discussion about Rav Kook's views (from a variety of sources) on the relationship between literature and faith.
|June 28, 2016 10:00PM - 11:00PM|
Faith and Literature 3
Concluding our discussion of faith and literature from a variety of sources.
|January 3, 2017 10:00PM - 11:00PM|
Rav Kook's Prayer (1)
During this new round of the Rav Kook class (commencing January 3rd) we will be focusing on his teachings regaridng Tefillah (Jewish Prayer) and will mainly be using his siddur commentary Olat Ra'ayah. We will make texts available each week -- but for those desiring your own copy of the 2 volume work, it is available:
For a brief biographical sketch of Rav Kook, click here for introductory pages from Julian Sinclair's edition of Rav Kook's Introduction to Shabbat Ha'aretz (Hazon, 2014).
|January 10, 2017 10:00PM - 11:00PM|
Rav Kook's Prayer (2)
Continuing our discussion of Rav Kook's philosophy of tefillah -- what happens when we pray? Sources from Olat Ra'aya attached.
|January 17, 2017 10:00PM - 11:00PM|
Rav Kook's Prayer (3)
What happens to a person when s/he prays? What happens to his/her world?
|January 24, 2017 9:55PM - 10:55PM|
Rav Kook's Prayer (4)
The guide to prayer - Olat HaRaaya page 11.
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|January 31, 2017 9:55PM - 10:55PM|
Rav Kook's Prayer (5)
Continuing in the same sources (click here) -- if prayer is NOT about changing God's mind, what were Avraham and Moshe up to?
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|February 7, 2017 9:55PM - 10:55PM|
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