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Studies in Jewish Philosophy: "Duties of the Heart" (PHI398)
September 2009 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: summarize Rabbeinu Bachya’s formulation of the fundamentals of faith and service of G-d, and analyze the theological and ethical ideas expressed by Rabbeinu Bachya and their influence on later Jewish thinkers; demonstrate skill in analyzing works of Jewish philosophy as well as Biblical, Rabbinical and medieval sources.
Major topics taught in this course include: Duties of the heart and duties of the limbs, “with all your heart” and “with all your might”, differentiation between Emunah and bitachon,, “Menuchas hanefesh”, why the righteous suffer. advantages of faith, why hishtadlus is necessary, factors to consider when choosing a career, gratitude as the foundation of service of G-d, “lishma” and “lo lishma”, battle between body and soul. Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation.