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Kitab Al Khazari

09/02/2020 12:57:41 PM

Sep2

Welcome to the Blog page for our new class on Kitab Al Khazari, also known as The Kuzari. 

We will post class notes, recordings, and updates here. If you have any questions, please email Yosef Lopez at yoseflopez@cbsaz.org

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Kuzari Class 20 

01/20/2021 05:16:24 PM

Jan20

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What is Jewish History? How do we understand who we are?

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Kuzari Class 19

01/13/2021 05:14:41 PM

Jan13

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Kuzari Class 18

01/06/2021 04:42:24 PM

Jan6

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Kuzari Class 17 

12/30/2020 04:40:54 PM

Dec30

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What is a Haver? 

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Kuzari Class 16 

12/23/2020 04:39:25 PM

Dec23

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What is the Speech of God? 

 

 

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Kuzari Class 15 

12/16/2020 04:38:10 PM

Dec16

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Kuzari Class 14

12/09/2020 04:35:29 PM

Dec9

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What are some of our similarities and differences? 

 

 

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Kuzari Class 13

12/02/2020 04:33:49 PM

Dec2

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Exploration of Christian Thought 

 

 

 

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Kuzari Class 12 

11/25/2020 03:38:14 PM

Nov25

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The Kuzari continues his line of questioning 

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Kuzari Class 11 

11/18/2020 03:29:39 PM

Nov18

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We continue to learn about the Christian perspective on law and theology 

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Kuzari Class 10 

11/11/2020 03:15:27 PM

Nov11

Yosef Lopez

 

We start to explore Christianity, and examine the claims of the Christian Scholar 

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Kuzari Class 9 

10/28/2020 09:46:23 PM

Oct28

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The Philosopher reaches his conclusion, and the Kuzari responds to the presentation. 

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Kuzari Class 8 

10/21/2020 06:53:02 PM

Oct21

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We continue to explore the philosopher's thougths

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Kuzari Class 7: Somatic, Pneumatic, and Psychic

10/14/2020 09:03:56 AM

Oct14

Yosef Lopez

 

In this class we discuss the philosopher's understanding of a "complete person" and what the implications are for others

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Kuzari Class 6: Monolinguism Leads to Racism

10/07/2020 09:21:03 AM

Oct7

Yosef Lopez

 

"Rather than try to understand the Jews according to their own values, values encoded in the original language of their sacred scriptures, the Greeks demanded that the Jews as Other should present themselves according to the values and standards of Greek culture."

This is an excerpt from David Shasha's piece Monolingualism, Scriptural Translation and the Problem of Western Civilization that he wrote for the...Read more...

Kuzari Class 5: Astrology

09/30/2020 09:05:18 AM

Sep30

Yosef Lopez

 

In this class, the Philosopher introduces to us the idea of the stars and constellations asserting force on and influencing our lives. This is part of the Greek cosmology, and part of the idea of fate and destiny. Astrology is discussed in the Gemara, and its influence can be seen in Jewish art, architecture, and mysticism. 

Here you can see an excerpt from the Siddur that describes some of the Jewish approaches to...Read more...

Kuzari Class 4- What is the Birthday of the World?

09/23/2020 09:09:54 AM

Sep23

Yosef Lopez

 

In this class, we discuss the Hebrew conception of creation, and why the Hakhamim call the 6th day of creation the birthday of the world and not the first day of creation. 

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Kuzari Class 3- Does God Really Care? 

09/16/2020 12:34:55 PM

Sep16

Yosef Lopez

In this installment, we open up the words of the Philosopher and explore his beliefs. 

You can see this section on Sefaria. 

We also opened with C.J. Jung's approach to dreams, their symbology, as well as their meaning. You can see that video on YouTube.

How Does Jung's theory of dreams relate to our King of Kuzar? 

How do the Hakhamim of Israel interpret dreams and their meaning? See this source...Read more...

Class 2 of the Kuzari

09/15/2020 12:05:36 PM

Sep15

Yosef Lopez

 

Class two: Rabbi Yehuda HeLevi describes the being asked to defend/ prove Judasim on a philosophical level, and that it reminds him of the story of the King of Khazar. 

Discussion questions: 

Why is the Rabbi in the story referred to as החבר? This translates to friend in English.

What is the meaning of the King of Kuzar's dream? 

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Class 1: Biography of Ribbi Yehuda HaLevy

09/09/2020 09:05:28 AM

Sep9

Yosef Lopez

 

 

Class Notes: 

A comprehensive Biography of Ribbi Yehuda HaLevy can be found here; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judah_Halevi

Thales of Miletus: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thales_of_Miletus

Pre-Socratic philosophy: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/presocratics/

 

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