Students will learn about the idea of the soul, and its development through religion, philosophy, science, and mysticism.
Judaism and its sister Western religions such as Christianity and Islam all teach that we have a soul. There is an immortal part of us that existed before we were born and will continue to exist after we die. But where did this idea come from? We will explore religion, philosophy, science, and mysticism to better understand the Jewish idea of a soul.
Who this course is for:
Anyone interested in Jewish thought, the history of Jewish ideas, and where Judaism meets philosophy and science.
Michael Gold is a rabbi, who has been the spiritual leader of a synagogue in Florida for thirty years. He is also a professor of philosophy and religion at Broward and Miami-Dade College. He developed courses for Broward in religion and ethics. Michael Gold received his PhD from Florida Atlantic University with a dissertation of process philosophy and Jewish mysticism. He is the author of seven books, the most recent entitled Three Creation Stories; A Rabbi Encounters the Universe.