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Revealing the Enduring Ethics of Aggadah: Levinas’ Talmudic Readings

2-part Winter Wednesdays Learning Series with Rabbi Hidary

Wednesday, December 7, 7:00PM
Wednesday, December 14, 7:00PM

Emmanuel Levinas was a French philosopher of ethics and existentialism. In addition to his major contribution to general philosophy, Levinas was also a Jewish community leader and teacher. For many years, he delivered an annual lecture at the Colloquia of Jewish Intellectuals analyzing a Talmudic passage philosophically. These readings remains some of the most innovative, interesting, and inspiring Talmudic interpretations that succeed in unpacking some of the depths of Talmudic thought and its relevance to modern society. In these two lectures, we will attempt to re-enact those lectures, follow Levinas’ steps through a textual analysis, and assess how well they stand the tests of time, scholarship, and enduring value.

Gershom Mendes Seixas

Gershom Mendes Seixas (1745-1816) was the first American-born spiritual leader of Shearith Israel.

Uriah Phillips Levy

Uriah Phillips Levy, the first Jew to be promoted to Commodore in the United States Navy.