Speaker: Dr. Christine Hayes
Location: B'nai Tzedek CongregationProgram Series: Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman Distinguished Scholar Series
One of the grounding and central aspects of Judaism is the Torah, which tradition teaches is divine in nature. But what does it mean to say that the Torah, or any set of laws, is divine? Some might say that a divine set of laws must be true, but what does law have to do with truth? Some might say that a divine set of laws must make sense and be rational, or that it must apply to all peoples everywhere, or that it must never change. But are these in fact the characteristic of the divine Torah, which seems to contain arbitrary elements, applies in particular to Israel, and is subject to development even in Moses's lifetime? This lecture steps back 2000 years to explore diverse attitudes towards the divine character of the Torah and highlights the surprisingly radical approach of the talmudic rabbis.
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