Text and Context Track: "...and the Pursuit of Happiness” with Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl
Is "the pursuit of happiness” the same as "I just want my child/partner/parent to be happy”? Happiness, osher in Hebrew and eudaemia in Greek, is an ancient and contemporary aspiration, sometimes understood as human flourishing. This seminar will explore Biblical, philosophical, rabbinic, mystical, political and psychological understandings of happiness.
Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl is the Anne and Max Tanenbaum Senior Rabbi of Beth Tzedec Congregation. The focus of his rabbinate has been a commitment to family education, life-long learning and care for the housebound, hospitalized and homeless. Rav Baruch received a doctorate in Jewish Philosophy from the Jewish Theological Seminary and is a Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem. He and Josette have been married for over forty years. They are the parents of Yakov (married to Sarah), Rafi and Amir (married to Amanda), and the grandparents of Ilana, Amichai and Shachar, all born in Jerusalem.