Fall 2013 Advanced Institutes

This fall the Tikvah Advanced Institutes will offer 9 courses–ranging from 1 week to 4 weeks–in the areas of Jewish Thought & History, War & Statesmanship, and Economics & Policy. Institute participants will be generously funded. Apply now.

Jewish Thought & History

September 3 - September 25

The Biblical View of Human Nature: Genesis and Leon Kass


A deep exploration of the philosophical, theological, and political wisdom of the book of Genesis. What does Genesis teach us about the human condition—from birth to death, in the family and the community, as men and as women called to live justly? The text of Genesis will be studied alongside the magisterial commentary of Dr. Leon Kass in The Beginnings of Wisdom.


Director, Straus Center, Yeshiva University; Associate Rabbi, Kehilath Jeshurun, New York

Director, Tikvah Institute for Jewish Thought and Professor of Jewish Philosophy, Jewish Theological Seminary

Executive Director, Tikvah Fund; Editor-at-large, New Atlantis

October 28 - November 7

The Modern Jewish Condition: A Study in Yiddish Literature


A course that explores Yiddish literature as a battlefield of ideas about the modern Jewish condition. Selected from the immense body of Yiddish writing, Harvard professor Ruth Wisse will guide us through a few of its most penetrating and provocative works by Sholem Aleichem, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Chaim Grade, and others.


Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University

November 18 - December 12

Moments of Decision, Great Debates: Judaism in the 20th Century


A course that explores the great debates, great leaders, and great moments of decision that shaped and defined 20th century Jewry—including early Zionist arguments over the character of the Jewish State, the political founding of Israel, the theological arguments that helped define Jewish life in mid-century America, and the most consequential moments of Jewish politics and statesmanship from 1967 to the present-day.


Former Special Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor; Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Former U.S. National Security Council and Department of Defense official; Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution

Former U.S. National Security Advisor and Secretary of State

Professor of Judaic Studies and History; Senior Contributing Editor, Jewish Review of Books

Executive Director, Tikvah Institute in Political Thought, Economics and Strategy; Editor, Mida

Professor of Jewish History & Jewish Thought and Senior Scholar, Center for the Jewish Future, Yeshiva University

War & Statesmanship

August 19 - September 4

The Ethics of Modern War


This course will focus on the moral dilemmas of warfare—looking back at some of the classic thinkers and decisive moments in military history, and forward at some of the novel dilemmas posed by new weapons of war and new geopolitical clashes. Michael Walzer’s classic work Just and Unjust Wars will be our guide, probing and challenging his arguments in search of a true modern ethic of war.


Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Christopher DeMuth Chair and Director, Critical Threats Project at the American Enterprise Institute

Director, Triangle Institute for Security Studies; Director, American Grand Strategy at Duke University

September 9 -13

American Grand Strategy


Led by former U.S. Under-Secretary of Defense Eric Edelman, this course explores America’s great strategic challenges and options in the current age, drawing heavily on both his study of history and first-hand experience in the policy arena. What forces, interests, and values will shape American grand strategy in the years ahead?


Former U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies

September 22 - September 25

Israeli Grand Strategy


The Middle East is witnessing dramatic change—the rise of Islamism, the ever-shifting balance of autocracy and democracy, the production and procurement of weapons of mass destruction. How can Israel maintain her strategic edge in this volatile environment? Former Israeli National Security Advisor Uzi Arad will explore the past, present, and future of Israeli grand strategy, exploring the choices that Israeli statesmen will face in the years and decades ahead.


Former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Israel; Professor of Government, IDC Herzliya

Economics & Policy

October 7 - October 11

The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism


What is wealth, and is prosperity the key to individual happiness and national well-being? Is economic liberty compatible with strong communities and great nations? This course will explore both the fundamental questions of political economy and the practical questions of modern economic life.


Hertog Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center; founding editor of National Affairs

October 7 - October 31

The Foundations of a Free Economy: Hayek and His Critics


What is the proper relationship between the individual and state? Which type of social order is the most just, the most prosperous, and the most realistic given the lessons of history and truths of human nature? This course will explore these questions through the careful study of the great social theorist F.A. Hayek, along with his predecessors and his critics.


Former president, American Enterprise Institute; Distinguished Fellow, Hudson Institute

Hertog Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center; founding editor of National Affairs

Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Chair in Western Heritage, Hillsdale College

Professor of Philosophy and Economics, and Co-Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Yeshiva University

November 4 -7

The Future of the Welfare State


Over the past few years, the advanced democracies of the world have suffered a series of painful economic upheavals. Anxiety abounds about rising national debt burdens, aging populations, and entitlement states that seem unaffordable. This course will explore the future of the modern welfare state, looking at both specific reform ideas and the deeper questions we face about who we are and how we live.


Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center