Saturday, March 21, 2020

The Spirit of Jewish Wisdom | FREE Online Courses

In this time of dislocation and uncertainty, the Tikvah Fund is working to keep the spirit of Jewish wisdom alive and well. These courses—offered to the public completely free-of-charge—can be accessed from your home and viewed at your own pace. So start learning from the Jewish world's very best teachers:

3848a08b-84be-4f54-9b10-56b76d080bb4.jpegDeclaring Israel's Independence

"We...hereby declare the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz-Israel, to be known as the State of Israel."

When Ben-Gurion proclaimed these words, he uttered the most consequential sentence spoken by a Jew in 2,000 years.

In this new course from Tikvah—the first of its kind in English—Dr. Martin Kramer takes you on a journey back to the harrowing days of 1948, when in the middle of a war, Israel's founders wrote the state's most important document: The Declaration of Independence.

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8bbd6d4c-837d-47e3-80b1-b8a945661a83.pngSholem Aleichem's Tevye the Dairyman

The Broadway hit Fiddler on the Roof and its star, Tevye the Dairyman, are among the most beloved cultural icons in America and the world.

But long before Fiddler, Tevye was the protagonist of Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem's greatest short stories. And in Tikvah's free online course, taught by master teacher of Jewish literature Professor Ruth Wisse, you'll get to know Tevye, his five daughters, and their suitors as you never have before. You'll laugh with Tevye, cry with Tevye, and appreciate anew what this simple country Jew can teach us today.

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