Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
This course opened my eyes on the belief system of Judaism. The professor is probably the most qualified in this course than all the other Great World Religions courses, because it seems that he is a devout practitioner.
Rarely have I been as moved by a memoir. Hard to imagine a seven year old surviving the Buchenwald concentration camp, yet Rabbi Lau did. We hear how he lost family members one by one, yet was saved by his mother, who shoved him out of the line of doomed women and children, at the last minute. How could she have known their shared fate? How did she have the courage to do this? And once in the camp, this child is saved by a series of what can't be considered anything but miracles, time and time again. That and the efforts of many kind adults who wanted more than anything to see this child survive. Rabbi Lau's story after liberation, including the birth of the modern state of Israel, is no less riveting. A brilliant recounting of a Jewish child's trajectory in the twentieth century. The introduction alone is quite profound. Sets the tone for the rest.