Posts Tagged ‘Maimonides’

Reflections Newsletter from Shalom Hartman InstituteThe newest issue of Reflections, the Shalom Hartman Institute electronic magazine of ideas, is now online. Read these five great articles:

Israeli Society and the ‘Society of Learners’

Professors Shlomo Naeh, Zvi Zohar and Elhanan Reiner discuss the place of Torah scholars within the Jewish People throughout the generations, and the relevance of models from Jewish history to the current political rift

The Secrets of ‘Guide to the Perplexed’

Dr. Micah Goodman, who is currently completing the first book in Hebrew that is completely dedicated to the Guide to the Perplexed, explains why he also chose to reveal its secrets

Ancient Jewish Magic

Dr. Ishay Rosen-Zvi surveys Yovel Harari’s book on magic in Judaism, which shatters some of the myths relating to magic


As shown by Dr.Adam Afterman, devekut was a marginal commandment in the time of the Sages. Only under the influence of external philosophies did the great medieval Jewish thinkers give it a new meaning and a more significant status

Abraham Abulafia

Professor Moshe Idel’s survey clarifies how even amongst self-declared messiahs, the 13th century Abulafia was a unique figure

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Two articles from the third issue of Havruta, “The Spiritual Quest,” are now available online:

Beyond Maimonides: The search for God in postmodern America, by Alfredo Borodowski

A song for many voices: The soul of secular Israel, by Rani Jaeger

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We don’t get enough of David Hartman on our main website (mea culpa). But we have a new and, as usual, provocative, piece from Rabbi David on the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He says it far better than I can.

If we allow the God of Creation to channel our particular religious traditions, the future need not be buried by the past. We must never be discouraged by the obstacles encountered in our search for peace. The anger and bitterness of the past must not inhibit new thinking and bold initiatives. Our total commitment to resolve the tragic conflict with the Palestinians will be the finest expression of our loyalty to a tradition which seeks to unify solidarity with all of humanity and gratitude for the gift of Judaic particularity.

Read his entire piece here – and be better off for having done so.

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It’s that time of year again, when Jerusalem “lights up” every evening with the blaze of thousands of candles and oil-tipped wicks.

Hanukkah is more than latkes (לביבות – levivot in Hebrew) and sufganiyot (fried doughnuts with all sorts of fillings). Hanukkah is a fascinating holiday of freedom, nationalism, liberation, contention, and internal debate. Click here to read a fascinating essay by the Institute’s Noam Zion on David Hartman’s assessment of Maimonides’ Hanukkah philosophy.

On that same page you will a link to a Hebrew course curriculum for Hanukkah, as well, also from Noam Zion.

Master Teacher Noam Zion knows what he is talking about when it comes to Hanukkah – and many other holidays. He is the co-author of the groundbreaking work, A Different Light – The Big Book of Hanukkah, and several related volumes. Find out more on those holiday books, and others, by clicking here.

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David Hartman's Annual Lindenbaum lecture Series

David Hartman

Rabbi Prof. David Hartman will deliver his annual Lindenbaum and Pomrenze public lecture series beginning Nov. 10, and running for an additional nine sessions through Mar. 16, 2009.

The fall 2008 lectures, in the Lindenbaum Lecture Series, are titled, “How is Prayer Possible after the Holocaust? Reflections on the Relationship between Creation and Mt. Sinai.”

Dates are: Nov. 10, 24, Dec. 8, 15, 29.

To view videos of previous lectures in these series, click here.

Click on this link to listen to previous lectures.

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The Shalom Hartman Institute is addressing the thorny issues being raised by feminists regarding Orthodox and traditional Judaism, and of Judaic scholarship in Israel, in a number of ways. This fall, the Institute is starting two new programs aimed at delving into this matter and in aiding female scholars of Judaism:

Seder Nashim will explore the intersections of Jewish studies and gender studies, and will provide a research and underwriting framework for 15 promising young Israel graduate students.

Maskilot is a new fellowship program that will provide outstanding female doctoral students with a new edge in completing their PhD’s and pursuing their rightful place in Israel’s elite circle of Jewish studies academics.

Hannah Kehat, Shalom Hartman Institute

Hannah Kehat, Shalom Hartman Institute

But that’s not to say nothing has been done in feminist and Orthodox scholarship at the Institute. One of the Institute’s leading thinkers in this field, Hannah Kehat, has a strong piece in the debut issue of Havruta that throws down the gauntlet right at the oepning: (more…)

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Rabbi Prof. David Hartman, Co-Director of Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem, Israel, lectures about Maimonides, prayer in Hebrew, and what the rabbis say about God in this June 30, 2008, presentation to the Institute’s Lay Leadership Summer 2008 Retreat.

See more inspiring and educational video at the Hartman website

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