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If you could sum up Jewish Intellectual History: 16th to 20th Century in three words, what would they be?
Insightful, deep, engagingly delivered.
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I'm passing this book on to everyone I know who would be interested. They keep thanking me for turning them in to it. Its eye opening. Much praise to the author and lecturer.
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Rabbi David Ruderman discusses Jewish thought, the context and how it influenced the philosophers, and the impact of their philosophy. He brings the people and their struggles to life,, and interpreting their meaning in their time and ours. worth a second and third listen. recommend his other course on earlier Jewish thinking as well.
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A great academic introduction to Judaism during this period. Thoroughly enjoyed, diversity tackled well for an introductory course. Ruderman (superman according to predictive text) is clear and easy to listen to, this course was a pleasure to listen yp .
I start by saying that I am an atheist secular Jew with little depth of knowledge of things Jewish. I was lost at times but that reflects my small base of knowledge
I expected some acknowledgement and discussion of the Chassidic movement and what was its contribution to Jewish intellectual history. As far as I could tell, that is ignored even to the extent of saying they would not be considered. That seems a huge gap to me as, even today, it fuels a vibrant stream of Jewish activity albeit a narrow stream.
Every lecturer in a series such as this must make choices of inclusion and exclusion - I understand that.
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