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Philosophy Circle Mini Course: Readings from HaLevi, Maimonides, Buber, and Heschel

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2017.

On four very different nights we will dip into the wellspring of the Jewish philosophical library in this mini survey course for Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle.

HaLevi and Maimonides created foundational thought on Jewish identity at the dusk of the Golden Age of Spain. Buber and Heschel addressed modernity at the sunset of European Jewry and the dawn of Israel and America. We will read and discuss excerpts from HaLevi’s Kuzari, Maimonides’ The Guide for the Perplexed, Buber’s Hasidism and Modern Man and Heschel’s The Insecurity of Freedom and more.


# Sessions
Date & time

Wednesdays, March 1, 15, 22, 29
7:00 - 8:30 pm

$85 for the public
$50 for members
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Mar 01 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed Temple Sinai Yosef Rosen
Mar 15 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed Temple Sinai Yosef Rosen
Mar 22 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed Temple Sinai Yosef Rosen
Mar 29 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed Temple Sinai Yosef Rosen


Temple Sinai

2808 Summit Street

Oakland, CA 94609



Yosef Rosen

Yosef RosenYosef Rosen is a Ph.D. Candidate in Jewish Studies at UC Berkeley and received an M.A in Jewish Thought from The Hebrew University. Yosef has also attended numerous traditional and innovative yeshivot in Israel and America. His dissertation focuses on literary forms of collaboration and critique in Medieval Kabbalah. At Berkeley, he has taught courses on advanced Talmud, Late Antique Judaism, and Kabbalah. He is also an educator with Kevah, where he teaches groups on Jewish theology and mysticism.