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Beyond Dispute

Past Sessions
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 6 Shevat 5781 - 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 28 Tevet 5781 - 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 21 Tevet 5781 - 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 29 Kislev 5781 - 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 22 Kislev 5781 - 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 15 Kislev 5781 - 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 23 Cheshvan 5781 - 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 16 Cheshvan 5781 - 1:30 PM
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 9 Cheshvan 5781 - 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 2 Cheshvan 5781 - 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 25 Tishrei 5781 - 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Debates—philosophical, spiritual, ethical, and cultural—are at the heart of Judaism and Jewish life. Are religion and reason compatible? Can Jewish law change based on context? How do we teach and talk about the Holocaust and the State of Israel? Should we prioritize Jewish causes or universal causes in our giving? Is Jewish tradition intrinsically patriarchal and ableist? Is our relationship with God defined by human obligation or divine compassion?

The Jewish Theological Seminary's Beyond Dispute is a substantive, text-based exploration of how these debates have been manifested over the course of Jewish history, and to lead rich discussion about their continued resonance for contemporary Jewish life. The course enables students to go beyond the conflicts themselves to uncover the essential questions that underlie them, and to build a more inclusive view of the Jewish past, present, and future.

Each unit of the course includes a short video lecture, classical and contemporary study texts, and more.

All courses will be accesible on ZOOM:

Please click here or follow the link to join class on ZOOM:
Password: CBI2020
Audio Only Call-In: +19292056099
Meeting ID: 540 336 5269
Phone Password: 149321

Course Contents


  1. Does Dispute Unite Us or Divide Us? The Complex Legacy of Debate in Jewish Tradition


  1. Is Judaism Particularist or Universalist? Giving Tzedakah in a Global Era: Rabbi Jan Uhrbach
  2. When Can We Legitimately Modify Tradition? Waging War on Shabbat: Rabbi Eliezer Diamond, PhD
  3. Do We Need to Mean What We Pray? Sacrifices in the Siddur: Rabbi Daniel Nevins
  4. Who Wields Authority in Jewish Ritual? Smashing Wine Barrels and the Patriarchy: Dr. Marjorie Lehman


  1. What Defines Our Relationship with God? A Tale of Two Covenants: Dr. Benjamin Sommer
  2. Does the Torah Contain Everything We Need to Know? The Maimonidean Controversy: Dr. Alan Mittleman
  3. Is Judaism a Religion of the Heart or the Mind—and Who Decides? Hasidism and its Opponents: Dr. David Fishman


  1. What Do We Mean by Jewish Continuity? The Legacy of “Be Fruitful and Multiply”: Dr. Michal Raucher
  2. How Much Should Tragedy Define Us? The Holocaust in Contemporary Jewish Life: Dr. Edna Friedberg
  3. Can Commitment and Critique Coexist? Teaching Israel in the 21st Century: Dr. Alex Sinclair


Beyond Dispute
A JTS Lecture and Study Series
Led by Rabbi Philip Weintraub

Cost: Free
Suggested donation: Members $18; General Public $36

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