The Torah’s Take on Happiness

Rabbi Jan Uhrbach
By :  Jan Uhrbach Director of the Block / Kolker Center for Spiritual Arts Posted On Nov 2, 2020 / 5780 | Living a Life of Meaning Monday Webinar

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Moses’ final speech concludes with a declaration of the happiness of being a Jew: “Happy are you, O Israel!” But does the Torah describe any individual as happy? While the pursuit of happiness is one of the founding ideals of American culture, the Torah is remarkably sparse in its references to anyone’s happiness. What is the Jewish understanding of happiness, as expressed in the Torah and its interpretations? Is the American ideal of happiness a Jewish concept at all? 

With Rabbi Jan Uhrbach, Director of the Block / Kolker Center for Spiritual Arts, JTS.


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