• $ 500
  • 2013
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Dilemmas of Faith

In an age of radical polarization in modern society, with a rise in religious fundamentalism on the one hand and a rise of atheism on the other, how does Jewish tradition approach dilemmas of faith? In this series, Hartman scholars explore the foundational issue of faith, engaging in broad and deep analysis of some of the many dilemmas that faith in the modern world raises. Based on classical Jewish tradition and contemporary Jewish thought and life, Dilemmas of Faith addresses the big questions raised by the intersection of faith and reason, faith and history, faith and politics, and the faith experience.

The series includes

Ten curricular units on DVD or USB: Each unit runs approximately 30 minutes and consists of a lecture by a Hartman Institute faculty member. See below for details.

Sourcebook: The sourcebook includes primary sources for each lecture, supplementary sources for additional study and reflection, and recommended background readings. The package comes with one book for the leader; additional books for participants may be purchased for $20 each (shipping included). 

Leader’s Guide: The Guide contains a comprehensive outline of each lecture, recommended hevruta questions for each primary text, explanations of supplementary sources, suggested discussion questions, and recommended background readings.

Central Themes of Dilemmas of Faith

  • What Does it Mean to Believe? The Challenge of the Rational and the Reasonable: SHI President Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman
  • Dilemma of Biblical Theology: What is the Redeeming Idea of Monotheism?: Dr. Micah Goodman
  • Dilemma of Theodicy: Where is God in the Midst of Suffering?: Rabbi Lauren Berkun
  • Dilemma of History: God, Evil and the Book of Job: SHI President Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman
  • Dilemma of God’s Absence: Grappling with God’s Departure from History: SHI-North America President Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer
  • Dilemma of Human Responsibility: What Does it Mean to Live a Life of Faith in an Age of Divine Hiddenness?: Rabbi Lauren Berkun
  • Dilemma of Spiritual Role Models: A Biblical View of Redeeming Personalities: Dr. Micah Goodman
  • Dilemma of Faith and Politics: The Role of Ambivalence in Faith: SHI-North America President Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer
  • Dilemma of Practice: What is the Faith Experience?: Dr. Melila Hellner-Eshed
  • Dilemma of Conviction: Do I Have to Believe in God to Be a Good Jew? SHI President Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman 

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The Lecture Series and accompanying curricular study materials are designed to be used by a rabbi or educator with a group of lay leaders in a weekly or monthly study program. The rabbi/educator serves as the lead teacher, utilizing the materials and lectures as best suited for his/her community, preparing the participants for the lecture by studying the texts and reading the supplementary materials in advance, either in a separate session, or in a shorter 45-minute preparatory session.

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