Lesson 1 – Introduction. Addressing the modern “great religious crises.” The concept of universal Torah, what it is, and why it is so desperately needed today. Understanding the pursuit of truth, and our necessary willingness to embrace it wherever found. Dialog with students addressing their own prejudices against certain other cultures and religions. References to Hinduism and Indian culture. Why prejudice and racism in religion cannot be tolerated. The importance of the natural harmony found in Talmudic/Rabbinic Judaism. A basic introduction into general philosophy of the author, R. Elijah Benamozegh, and its relationship to later authors, like Rav A. Y. Kook. The messianic concept of Tikkun, the spirit of the prophet Elijah, how we can integrate this ourselves.