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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 […]

Halakhic Authenticity and Conservative Judaism

Rabbi Len Levin has posted online an article of his titled “Is the ‘Halakhic Authenticity’ of Conservative Judaism a Broken Myth?” Here are some of his conclusions: But for Kaplanians and Heschelians alike, affirming the halakhic seriousness of Conservative Judaism is (I here disagree with my teacher Rabbi Gillman) not just the equivalent of “Hooray […]

A Conversation About the Future of Jewish Law and Theology

Mechon Hadar recently hosted a conversation between Rabbis Ethan Tucker and Shai Held about “The Future of Jewish Law and Theology.” The recording can be downloaded here. The audio gets better after a few minutes.

Yeshayahu Leibowitz in His Own Words

Now that the Jerusalem City Council has decided to name a street (it will be on Givat Ram) after Yeshayahu Leibowitz, I recommend watching these documentaries about him to see what he had to say. The first documentary consists of two videos and has English subtitles. The third video is another fascinating documentary that is […]

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