Ethics and Spirituality in Two Twentieth Century Musar Masters Rabbi Shai Held
Hosted By: Hadar
In this class we’ll encounter the writings of Rabbi Eliyahu Lopian (popularly known as “Reb Elyeh,” 1876-1970) and Rabbi Chaim Friedlander (1923-1986), two of the most prominent and influential figures in the Musar movement. Through close readings of selections from their works Lev Eliyahu and Siftei Chaim, we’ll explore such themes as the centrality of hesed (love; kindness; grace); the importance of cultivating the heart; the competing ideals of subduing our will versus reshaping it; and the insistent focus on the divinely bestowed dignity of other people. The course will focus more on the ideas that animate Musar than on concrete Musar practices.
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