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Jewish Views on Messianism: An Evolution In-person Class

Past Sessions
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 7 Cheshvan 5782 - 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM - Schiffer Family Terrace Chapel
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 30 Tishrei 5782 - 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM - Schiffer Family Terrace Chapel
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 23 Tishrei 5782 - 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM - Schiffer Family Terrace Chapel

The Jew is no stranger to turbulent times.  Forces of chaos and destruction, both natural and man-made, have pushed back against the Jewish belief that our broken world can be mended, bringing about a new iteration of human reality. 

But how will this happen?  And who will lead us into this brave world? 

This course will explore the evolution of Jewish thoughts & beliefs about the Messiah visa vi the social realpolitik of each age, from Torah through Rabbinic times, through Kabbalah, Hassidut, and modern Enlightenment.  We will look at the failed (and false) Jewish Messianic movements of Bar Kochba, Shabbatei Tzevi, and Jacob Frank.  We will examine how historic trends that led to Jewish Messianic fervor may be in the air today.  And we will explore the modern Jewish response to messianic trends held deep in our societal psyche which demand personal responsibility even as they reject the dependence on an outside Messianic agitator.

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