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JPH112- Survey of Chabad Philosophy I


An in-depth study examining core teachings of Chabad Chassidic philosophy and practice, utilizing a variety of Maamorim [Chassidic Discourses] as source texts. The course explores issues involving the nature of the soul and how the makeup of human identity mirrors the kabalistic description of the chain-like progression of spiritual realms [Seder Hishtalshalut]. It also includes explores the very nature of Chassidut itself and how it differs from kabala and other types of mysticism that appeared earlier in Jewish history.

By the end of this course you should be able to:
1) Demonstrate knowledge of the broad sweep of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi’s Tanya Chapters 1-26 and its program for spiritual development as encapsulated in the Chassidic Discourse Vayishlach Yehoshua.
2) Create one mini-project that demonstrates knowledge of how the “short way” and “long way” of Tanya can generate love within a relationship.
3) Explain how Chassidut differs from the forms of Jewish mysticism that preceded it.
4) Produce a creative work inspired by Chassidic principles in an artistic medium of your choice, preferably one that reflects your own experience of spiritual and emotional growth.

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