Inner Oral Tradition of the Torah

An examination of the mystical contemplative tradition of Judaism through a demonstration of its approach to Torah texts. The emphasis in the course is on the development and expression of critical thinking and intuition. Good questions are a priority over good answers. Age-old Chassidic methodologies are used toward this end. Dramatization of stories are utilized to access the students' emotions and intuitive powers. Exposure to practices like shofar and succah give the students a firsthand experience of Jewish contemplative practice. Offered alternative years. Cross-listed as REL376.
Course Number: REL676
Units: 3.0