This course will explore the central concepts, dilemmas and theories that underlie Jewish ethics. Among questions to be discussed: Are moral values objective? Can ethics be determined by human reason alone? Is belief in God imperative for an ethical life (can we be good without God?) How do we navigate Torah passages that seem irrational and even immoral? How do Jewish ethics deal with the moral challenges of modernity, including COVID-19? What are the rights and responsibilities of the individual and how do we balance self-interest with our duties to others?
Elliott Malamet received his doctorate from the University of Toronto, where he taught from 1987-1993. A lecturer in Jewish Philosophy in Canadian universities for 20 years, Dr. Malamet now teaches at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the London School of Jewish Studies, the University of Waterloo and Yeshivat Machanaim. His work on spirituality and Jewish values has been featured in Canadian newspapers, radio and television.
Tuition: USD 120 / ILS 400 per course
10% discount price for 2 series of classes: $215 (IS 720) for two courses
The weekly zoom link will be sent via email to all registered students.
Foundations of Jewish Ethics