Hasidic Narratives of Spiritual Growth, Loss, and Renewal
Program: Hebrew College Me’ah Select
Instructor: Rabbi Or Rose (Read Bio)
Dates: 6 Thursdays, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 & 3/30
Time: 7-9:00 p.m.
Cost: $228, generous financial aid is available
Hosted by: Hebrew College
In this course we will examine a variety of stories composed by Eastern European Jewish mystical leaders and their followers. These tales provide us with a window into the spiritual and cultural world of various teachers, preachers, and seekers, as they encounter the beauties, mysteries, and challenges of daily life. Our study will include materials by and about the Ba’al Shem Tov (d. 1760), Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev (d. 1809), Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav (d. 1810), and other lesser-known figures (historical and fictional). As part of our learning, we will compare these narratives to other forms of Hasidic writing—homilies, conduct literature, letters, etc.—and make use of various scholarly studies.
Hebrew College Me’ah Select courses offer in-depth academically oriented adult learning experiences led by outstanding faculty.