Language of Jewish Ethics
In order to understand the tension between Jewish ethics and halacha we must first define each. In this course Rav Yoni Rosensweig will explore the language of Jewish ethics in order to understand what form our ethical structure takes, and how it differs or is compatible with other ethical theories that have been proposed throughout history. We will explore such issues as: Where do ethics stem from? Are ethics objective or subjective? Does Judaism believe that ethics are derived from our internal feelings and thoughts, or that they are given to us by God?”
Rav Yoni is rabbi of the Netzach Menashe community in Beit Shemesh and is a renowned teacher of Halakha, Gemara and Jewish thought. From 2006-2009 he served as Rosh Kollel of the Mizrahi community in Melbourne, Australia. Upon his return, he headed Yeshivat Hamivtar, and then became Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Shevut Yisrael in Efrat, a post which he held until 2016. He currently teaches at Midreshet Lindenbaum. Rav Yoni has semikha from Rav Nachum Eliezer Rabinovitch and from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, and degrees in education, philosophy and history. He is the author of “Yishrei Lev,” a three-volume responsa on different halakhic questions, and of “Conversations in Essence,” in which he engages in imaginary dialogue with great Jewish thinkers from the past.