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Studies in the Writings of Rav Dessler (REL396)
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able toanalyze the philosophical and ethical concepts articulated in Michtav M’Eliyahu along with their Biblical, Rabbinic and Midrashic sources and relate these concepts to other works of Jewish thought and Mussar (system of self-discipline and ethical development); apply them towards personal growth.
Major topics taught in this course include: The people and places that helped shape and disseminate Rabbi Dessler’s philosophy; Free will; effects of Faith on worldly pursuits; the need for prayer; analysis of natural and supernatural phenomena; the relation between giving and love; obligation to share spiritual advantages; influence of surroundings on morality; ethics of individual, gratitude; the motivation to fulfill commandments; depth and superficiality of man; exile and redemption. Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation.