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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 an historian and teacher of Jewish creativity. His classes weave together the imaginative and social dimensions of Jewish creative genres—Kabbalah, Talmud, philosophy, and poetry—and invite students to discover their own genres of intellectual creativity. He has a PhD in Jewish Studies from UC Berkeley, where he completed a dissertation on representations of spiritual community in the Zohar. Before moving to the Bay seven years ago, Yosef spent many years in traditional and innovative yeshivot in both Israel and America. In his spare time he wanders the woodlands of Northern California and celebrates the hills of the Bay on his bike.