Why study Jewish Thought?
Gaining knowledge of the great Jewish thinkers, past and present, expands our horizons, connects us to our cultural roots, and helps us better understand the intellectual significance of the subject matter. Most of the graduates of the Department of Jewish Thought at Bar-Ilan University proceed to take on prominent positions in the board of education, media, legal system and philosophic research arena.
Why study Jewish Thought at Bar-Ilan?
Because it's important to know our background
If you are interested in such fields as Jewish Traditions, Philosophy and Jewish History, the Department of Jewish Thought at Bar-Ilan University invites you to participate in a comprehensive exploration of the world of Jewish thought and all its aspects, while examining different approaches, discourses and methods from a broad cultural perspective.
An integral part of our curriculum is a continuing exploration of key issues regarding the Jewish – Israeli identity, in light of the works of Judaism's greatest thinkers. Bar-Ilan's Jewish History Department offers study tracks for B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, with a variety of different specialties.
Because there are key figures in Judaism we should all know
The study of Jewish Thought introduces you to the greatest Jewish thinkers, like Maimonides, also known as Rambam, Rabbi Yehuda Halevi, Rabbi Kook and Chabad Lubavitch's Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Courses at the Department of Jewish Thought offer an in-depth exploration of the works and teachings of these important figures, as well as a review of their impact on Jewish and general philosophy. The curriculum covers a wide range of disciplines and periods, from the Middle Ages to modern times.
Because of our outstanding professors
Faculty members at the Department of Jewish Thought are some of the world's leading experts and philosophers, including some of the most renowned researchers of Jewish theories.
Because it's a great minor
Regardless of your chosen major, Jewish Thought is an excellent choice of a minor, enabling you to broaden your knowledge of an important and fascinating field, and study in a nurturing, cultivating and supportive environment.
Because of our versatile advanced degree study tracks
Our Department invests great efforts in guiding you through a career in academia and research. Our faculty members, all highly experienced in thesis and doctoral instruction are at your service for your choice of graduate and post graduate paths. We offer a cultivating learning environment, research seminars, departmental seminars, and think tanks for doctoral students.
Because of our unique Teachers' Program
For secular and devout students already certified as teachers, the Department of Jewish Thought offers a unique M.A. Program. This Program enables you to use your teaching experience and brainstorm about innovative ways of incorporating Jewish Thought into the curriculum, within the framework of the Board of Education.
Because of the winning blend of secular and religious norms
The Department of Jewish Thought at Bar-Ilan University is one of the only educational institutes in the country to join the devout and the secular, the orthodox and the religious Zionists, to study together in an environment of tolerance, mutual respect and acceptance.