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Rabbi Nati Helfgot on Revelation Revealed

Rabbi Nati Helfgot teaches at our daughter’s high school, SAR High School. He is currently teaching a series of Adult Ed classes titled “Revelation Revealed: Traditional Conceptions of the Development of Torah Shebaal Peh.” SAR HS has done a great service to us all and has taped this class of Rabbi Helfgot and posted it […]

New Book-In God’s Image

Yair Lorberbaum’s important work on the role of the concept of Tzelem Elohim, image of God or Imago Dei, in Jewish law and rabbinic theology has now been translated into English and will soon be published. I have not seen the English version, In God’s Image: Myth, Theology, and Law in Classical Judaism, but the […]

Audio Recording of 1968 Talk by Abraham Joshua Heschel

Below is an audio recording of Abraham Joshua Heschel speaking at UCLA on May 29, 1968. HT to Rabbi Mordechai Levin.

Shai Held on Abraham Joshua Heschel

Shai Held, author of the recently published Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence, speaks about Abraham Joshua Heschel in these two videos.

Moshe Halbertal on Maimonides

The other day I ordered Moshe Halbertal’s new book Maimonides: Life and Thought and am anxiously awaiting its arrival. A few months ago at NYU, Noah Feldman spoke with Halbertal about his book. For anyone interested in the Rambam it is well worth the hour of viewing time.

Shai Held on Heschel at JTS

Admission is free, but you are asked to register beforehand. Shabbat Shalom.

New Book on Eliezer Berkowitz

Interview with Adin Steinsaltz from 1969

Over Shabbat lunch a friend and I talked a bit about Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz. One of the topics that we talked about what the evolution of his edition of the Talmud. How did he go about working on it? Who helped him with it? See this previous post on the question. In the interview below […]

Joshua Berman on Jewish Law

In the latest issue of Mosaic, the Bible scholar (and former neighbor) Joshua Berman has an interesting essay on the nature and function of Jewish Law. Below is a small excerpt. Not until Maimonides did anyone truly codify the halakhah. Not only did his Mishneh Torah, completed in 1180, have no precedent in the annals […]

Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence

Shai Held’s new book Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence is now available. Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) was a prolific scholar, impassioned theologian, and prominent activist who participated in the black civil rights movement and the campaign against the Vietnam War. He has been hailed as a hero, honored as a visionary, and endlessly […]

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