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The Choice
is Yours.

A new Online Course on Freedom of Choice.

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Course syllabus

Lesson 1: Why and When Choice Matters
The question of whether or not we have free choice has major implications - not only in how we view morality, but also in how we choose to live our lives. This lesson discusses some of these universal questions, revealing that there are perhaps some areas of life in which we have more control, and choice, than others.
Lesson 2: Choice in Jewish Philosophy
This lesson explores fundamental positions regarding the question of free choice vs. determinism among three distinguished classical Jewish scholars - the Rambam (Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, aka Maimonides), the Raavad (Rabbi Avraham ben David) and Rabbi Moshe ben Baruch Almosnino. Their positions are examined and challenged, especially in light of Chassidic thought.
Lesson 3: Choice in Jewish Mysticism
There’s more to reality than meets the eye. So maybe choice operates differently on different levels or dimensions of existence. Perhaps in our earthly reality, which is bound by time and space, choice exists, while in more transcendent realms of existence that are beyond time and and space, choice is irrelevant.
Lesson 4: Choice in the Human Experience
If free will does exist, how is it possible for a human being to do anything that contradicts G-d will? In this lesson we explore the seeming paradox between the experience of choice and its theological ramifications. If everything that happens is ultimately destined as part of the divine plan, do the choices we make really change the course of humanity and world history, or are we just fooling ourselves?
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Length/Effort:
    4 weeks / 45 minutes per week
  • Category: Philosophy/Psychology
  • Institution: Chabad.org

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