The Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought is among the leading academic centers worldwide for teaching and research in its field. Its world-renowned faculty teaches and conducts research at the highest level. The Department has some 150 students and offers courses and degrees at the BA, MA, and PhD levels. Scholarships are available for graduate students only.
The Department aims to present students with the works of philosophers and accepted experts on Halakhah and Midrash, and to enable them to investigate how these works have shaped Jewish thought and the Jewish way of life to this day.
The Department opens its doors to continued study and academic research in different areas of Jewish thought.
Students investigate texts from the Talmud, the Midrash, and the Zohar, as well as seminal works by Maimonides, Rabbi Yehuda Halevi, Spinoza, Moses Mendelssohn, and Yeshayahu Leibowitz, among other leading philosophers and figures.
The Department of Jewish Thought and its students are committed to community involvement. The Department holds international conferences and takes part in collaborative research with other universities.
The Department works closely with the Goldstein-Goren Center for Jewish Thought, which seeks to promote knowledge and research on Jewish thought through its activities, all of which are conducted in English.
Department researchers are world leaders on such topics as Jewish philosophy in the Middle Ages, the Talmud, Midrash, and Hassidism.
Researchers cooperate with other universities in Israel and abroad. For example, they are currently engaged in a project with Cambridge University on global theosophical centers and another with Haifa University on the Jewry of Galicia.