Introduction to Kabbalah

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Duration
3 месяца
О курсе

For hundreds of years, Kabbalah has been perceived as a body of secret theoretical and practical knowledge concerning creation, the divine world, and human interaction with it. This course will introduce you to the major ideas and practices of the Kabbalah from an academic point of view.

The course will examine basic Kabbalistic themes such as the theory of the Sefirot, ecstatic and prophetic Kabbalistic techniques, reincarnation, demonology, and practical Kabbalah. It will introduce major Kabbalistic works and movements, including the Sefer ha-Zohar, Lurianic Kabbalah, Hasidism, and the contemporary revival of popular Kabbalah.

In recent decades, interest in Kabbalah has been increasing and many non-academic Kabbalah centers have been founded throughout the world. Most of the information available online for the layman is non-academic, and at times it can be misleading and confusing.

The aim of this course is to introduce students with no background in Kabbalah or Jewish thought to the major ideas and practices of the Kabbalah in their historical and cultural settings. The ideas are presented in an accessible manner without jeopardizing the course's academic rigor.

The course approaches Kabbalah from a historical and sociological perspective. Kabbalistic theories and practices will be studied through reading and analyzing primary sources (the Kabbalistic texts themselves) as well as applying the most up-to-date secondary literature (academic research)

The course presents a variety of different perspectives on the themes it covers. Through the assignments and discussions that accompany the video lectures, students will be encouraged to express their opinions and individual perspectives, and to contribute to fruitful intellectual discussions.

Программа
Introduction to Kabbalah
Learn about the major ideas and practices of the Kabbalah in their historical and cultural settings.
Что Вы изучите?
  • The main concepts, doctrines, and practices of Kabbalah
  • The historical development of Kabbalah from medieval to modern times, including its major schools, central texts, and main figures
  • The historical significance of Kabbalah, and the cultural roles it has played from the late medieval to the modern periods
Лекторы
Boaz Huss
Boaz Huss
Prof. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Boaz Huss is a professor of Jewish thought at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer Sheva, Israel. Professor Huss received his PhD in the history of Jewish thought from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, after which he was a Fulbright post-doctoral fellow at Yale University, a Starr fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University, and a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies of Jerusalem. He has published extensively on Kabbalah, Western esotericism, and New Age culture. His recent publications include Zohar: Reception and Impact (The Littman Library of Jewish civilization 2016) and The Question of the Existence of Jewish Mysticism": The Genealogy of Jewish Mysticism and the Theologies of Kabbalah Research (Van Leer Institute 2016, in Hebrew).
Yoed Kadary
Yoed Kadary
Dr. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Dr. Yoed Kadary is a scholar of Kabbalah working at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Dr. Kadary received his PhD on the angelology of Rabbi Moses Cordovero from Ben-Gurion University and is currently an Ephraim E. Urbach Post-Doctoral Fellow. He teaches for the graduate program in spirituality at the Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. Dr. Kadary has two forthcoming monographs, one on the intellectual history Kabbalah in early-modern Jerusalem, and another on the relationship between theoretical and practical Kabbalah in the writings of Rabbi Moses Cordovero. He is also an independent director and producer and worked for the channel 2 news company in Israel and for the Japanese TV network, NHK.
Платформа
EdX
Эта платформа предоставляет все курсы бесплатно. Авторами выступают топовые университеты и корпорации, которые стараются удерживать стандарты качества. За несоблюдение дедлайнов, невыполнение домашнего задания студенты теряют баллы. Как и в других платформах, лекционные видео чередуются с практическими заданиями. Обучение проводится на английском, китайском, испанском, французском и хинди.