Philosophy & Religion


New! The More We Evolve, the Less We Need God: A Debate 90 min.

Does God have a place in 21st-century human affairs? For many, the answer is yes. Belief in a higher power is the foundation of human consciousness, they argue, and helps drive social, political, and scientific progress. Further, some claim, humans require faith to lead moral lives and are genetically predisposed to embrace religion. Others are far more skeptical. No evidence of God exists, they a...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

New! The Battle For Myanmar’s Buddhist Spirit 17 min.

In Myanmar, different groups of Buddhist monks are battling with how to deal with the country’s minority Muslim population. While some advocate peace, others, such as the extremist Ma Ba Tha, incite hatred and violence. In this film, The Guardian investigates how the monks’ actions are threatening to destabilize the country’s newly established democracy.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

New! Dearborn, Michigan 17 min.

Dearborn, MI has been thrown into conflict incorporating fear, ideology, and identity politics. Home to the largest Arab-American population in the United States, it is a place of apparent contradictions: simultaneously a sleepy affluent suburb and the subject of rumors around ISIS terror cells and sharia law. This film takes us into the lives of five very different citizens who have been caught i...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Liberals Hold the Moral High Ground: A Debate 98 min.

Do conservative or liberal philosophies lead to more just outcomes? Opposing definitions of morality have long fueled debate over America’s policy goals and national identity. For conservatives, morality is often grounded in ideals such as patriotism, including a respect for order and authority; fairness and liberty in the sense that an individual’s actions yield just rewards, or consequences; and...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Adams, Jefferson, and the Jews 63 min.

This video lecture by Meir Soleveichik discusses how John Adams's and Thomas Jefferson's views on Judaism illuminated their beliefs and commitments. It considers why the Jewish community liked Jefferson but not Adams. It also looks at the life and influence of Mordecia Manuel Noah.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

America’s Passover: Franklin, Jefferson, and the Seal of the United States – How the Story of the Exodus Influenced America’s Founders 74 min.

This video lecture by Meir Soleveichik examines how the story of the exodus from Egypt influenced the thinking of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. It considers their moral convictions of freedom and the idea of freedom as a journey and how these beliefs influenced the design for the Seal of the United States.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Continue to Water Them With the Dews of Heaven: Jewish Life Under President Washington 76 min.

Examining the state of the American Jewish community during George Washington's administration, this video lecture with Meir Soleveichik looks at the lives of Levi Sheftall and the Jews of Georgia; Moses Seixas and the Jews of Rhode Island; and the Jewish communities of Philadelphia, New York, Charleston, and Richmond. It considers President Washington's interactions and correspondence with these...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

The Founding Fathers and the Chuppah – The Influence of Jewish Marriage Contracts on the Structure of the American Republic 62 min.

In this video lecture, Meir Soleveichik discusses the Jewish concept of a marriage contract and how that influenced the structure of the American republic.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

From the Talmud to Thomas Paine: Political Hebraism and the American Revolution 72 min.

In this video lecture, Meir Soleveichik explores the rapid change of opinions, the ideas of Thomas Paine, and the concept of political Hebraism, discussing their effects on the American Revolution.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

The Home We Build Together: Jewish Participation in American Society 71 min.

Discussing majesty and the democratization of royalty, this video lecture by Meir Soleveichik examines Jewish identity in the American public square. It looks at the life of Uriah Phillips Levy and how he brought some of the Jewish ideas from the American founders to the nation as a whole.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017