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Faith, Reason and Dogma in Jewish Philosophy

About the Course:

Course taught by Rabbi Dr. Avi Kadish

Which is to be preferred: Science or tradition? What is more important: Truth or morality? Can God be proven? Can ideas be commanded? How did philosophy and humanity change between the Middle Ages and the modern world? Can the Jewish tradition be read in a rationalistic way? The axis of Jewish philosophy lies in the tension between universal human reason and the unique experience of individuals and groups. We will deal with that tension from many different angles throughout this course.

The course will focus on the ethics and dogmatics of Moses Maimonides (1135-1204). We will contrast his rationalistic approach towards the Jewish tradition to that of his many critics, from his own lifetime until the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492.

About the Faculty

Seth (Avi) Kadish teaches medieval Jewish philosophy, history, and exegesis at the Oranim Academic College of Education in Kiryat Tivon, Israel, at the International School of the University of Haifa, and adult education through the Schechter Institute. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Yeshiva University, along with rabbinical ordination, and completed a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought at the University of Haifa. His research areas include medieval Jewish philosophy, dogma, and ethics, as well as Jewish prayer.

Academic Credits

Academic hours: 28
Optional academic credits: 2

Course Dates

March 4 – April 17, 2024

Application Deadline:

March 1, 2024

Course Schedule

Mondays and Wednesdays 16:00 -17:30 Israel Time

This course will be taught via Zoom.


The course is open to all applicants ages 18 and older. No prior knowledge is required.


Application fee: US $80

Course tuition: US $200

Course tuition for academic credit (optional): an additional US $240