Torah of Human Rights
June 25, 2017 – July 13, 2017

The Torah of Human Rights

Dr. Shaiya Rothberg


Course Description: The Torah is not just a book but a way of life. For thousands of years, Jews have sought the meaning of their lives in the study and practice of Torah. At the core of the Torah project stands the struggle for justice. In this course, we’ll explore the struggle for global human rights through the prism of Torah tradition. Starting with creation, we’ll follow the logic of the Holy Story through the the exile from Eden, the choosing of Abraham, the covenant at Sinai, entering Eretz Yisrael, the visions of the prophets, and the meaning of these in Rabbinic, Medieval and modern interpretation. As we immerse ourselves in the logic of Jewish tradition, we will ask: What do human rights mean in Torah terms? And how can Judaism help achieve global human rights?
Day of course: Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday 13:30-16:00

Framing Human Rights

Stephanie Pell, M.P.H., Esq.


Course Description: Human rights are a consensus based standard used to measure a government’s treatment of people subject to its jurisdiction. The global movement for human rights is the most successful attempt in the history of the human species to achieve agreement on legal norms to protect all humans through the just rule of law. Today, people of every major religion, language, culture and country fight for human rights using these shared norms. The rhetoric and legal instruments developed to institute and protect these rights have developed over the 20th century. This course will provide an historical and conceptual introduction to human rights.
Day of Course: Monday, Wednesday – 13:30-16:00