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Great Jewish Minds

Great Jewish Minds
Rabbi Levin’s Class
We will watch and discuss a video interview of the following people.

1) Rabbi Abraham J. Heschel
Sunday, August 12
Rabbi Abraham J. Heschel, one of the leading Jewish theologians and Jewish philosophers of the 20th Century. The interview took place a couple of weeks before Heschel’s death in 1972.

2) Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
Sunday, November 11
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is an international religious leader, philosopher, award-winning author and respected moral voice, Rabbi Sacks is a frequent and sought-after contributor to radio, television and the press.

3) Rabbi Harold Kushner
Sunday, December 9
Rabbi Harold Kushner is best known as the author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People, an international bestseller first published in 1981. This volume has been translated into 14 languages. In this interview he offers his perspective on overcoming life’s disappointments and difficulties.

4) Viktor Frankl
Sunday, January 13
Viktor Frankl was the author of Man’s Search for Meaning. At the time of Frankl’s death in 1997, the book had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.

5) Rabbi David Hartman
Sunday, February 10
Rabbi David Hartman was the founder of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. He was a leading thinker among philosophers of contemporary Judaism and an internationally renowned Jewish author. He promoted a liberal brand of Orthodoxy and created a study center that expressed his commitment to pluralism.

6) Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
Sunday, March 10
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin is an American rabbi, lecturer, and bestselling author of more than 15 books, including volumes about Jewish ethics, and Jewish literacy. In this presentation he will discuss the history of humor in Judaism.

7) Rabbi Donniel Hartman
Sunday, April 9
Rabbi Donniel Hartman, is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. He will discuss his highly regarded 2016 book, Putting God Second: How to Save Religion from Itself. He is a prominent essayist, blogger and lecturer on issues of Israeli politics, policy, Judaism, and the Jewish community.

8) Dennis Prager
Sunday, May 19
Prager is a national bestselling author, columnist, and nationally syndicated radio talk show host. He taught the first five books of the Hebrew Bible (the Torah) verse by verse from the Hebrew for more than twenty-five years at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles.


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