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Sunday, February 15 • 11:30am - 12:45pm
On Serving God: Does Halakha Help or Hinder?

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In this session, we’ll explore one of the most basic questions Jews can ask: what role should halakha (Jewish law) play in our religious lives? Martin Buber and Yeshayahu Leibowitz offer two antithetical answers to this question. For one, halakha is little more than an obstacle to authentic worship; for the other, halakha itself constitutes authentic worship. What, if anything, can Buber and Leibowitz say to each other—and to us? Can engaging extreme positions help us formulate more moderate ones?

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Shai Held

Shai Held is Co-Founder, Dean, and Chair in Jewish Thought at Mechon Hadar, and he directs its Center for Jewish Leadership and Ideas. He is a 2011 recipient of the Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education and has been named multiple times to Newsweek’s list of the top 50 rabbis in America. His book, Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence, was published in 2013. Shai’s weekly essays on the Torah are read by... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm
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