Drishat Shalom Fellowship

Students in college, graduate or rabbinical school and young professionals, who seek to join a cohort of dedicated peers to engage in deep, meaningful Torah learning, are invited to apply for the Drishat Shalom Fellowship.

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Fall 2018: *CENSORED!* Civil Discourse and the Jewish Tradition
Every week there are stories about a speaker being shouted down at a campus, a provocateur being banned from Twitter, a company self-censoring to do business in China, a book being pulled from the shelves of a library or a classroom. Is this good for society? And how can Jewish tradition speak to such issues?

Through studying cases from Jewish history and literature, and sources from Jewish thought and philosophy, we will try to work through the conflicting values of free speech and “acceptable” views. How does the banning of R. Eliezer in the Talmud compare with the banning of Spinoza? Does the partial ban on kabbalah shed light on the ban on philosophy? And what about reading idolatrous works?

Living in a world in which censorship is a dirty word but people are unwilling to listen to other views, age-old texts and traditions may be able to help us navigate, or at least think through the issues.

Seminar Dates: Wednesdays, October 17, 24, 31 and November 7, 14 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm.

Apply before October 7th, applications received thereafter will be considered as space allows.

Faculty Includes: Dr. Michelle Greenberg Kobrin, Dr. Aaron Koller, Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, Dr. Devora Steinmetz, and Rabbi Joe Wolfson
The seminars will take place at the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU (7 East 10th Street).


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