Though he lived almost a thousand years ago, Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, known either as Maimonides or the Rambam, remains a towering figure in the annals of Jewish thought and life. His code of Jewish law, the Mishneh Torah, persists in the bedrock of the halakhic (Jewish
legalistic) process, his celebrated letters
exemplify communal leadership, and his
philosophic landmark, Guide for the Perplexed, is
still a relevant contribution to the project of
reconciling religion and science. In fact, the body
of his work is so broad and nuanced that
numerous streams of Judaism, ranging from
stringent to progressive, mystical to secular, have
sought to claim him as a spiritual father. It’s
important to remember, too, that despite the
veneer of piety that adheres to him today, he was
considered quite controversial in his own time.
In this brief, four-session class with Rabbi Weiner, students of any level will have a chance to encounter the life and texts of this remarkable man, and through it develop a sense of his historical context. As always, the goal is to immerse ourselves in Jewish intellectual history and to explore its relevance to our own experience. Students are encouraged to acquire two texts:
• Sherwin B. Nuland. Maimonides. Schocken, 2005. (Jewish Encounters Series, ISBN 978-0805211504)
• Isadore Twersky, ed. A Maimonides Reader. Behrman House, 1972. (Library of Jewish Studies, ISBN 978-0874412062)
Registration required. A minimum of six participants is needed for the course to run. Suggested contribution: $54
No one will be denied access to programming because of financial need. Your participation in our community is more important than the amount of your monetary contribution.

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