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Saturday, February 15 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
The Most Important Jewish Idea

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Complexity reigns, and we are supposed to be skeptical of "essentialists" and those who would try to reduce Judaism to its "core" or "essence." Yet many classical Jewish sources appear comfortable describing some ideas as more important than others, or some features of Torah as more central. We will study these texts to try to tease out how and why the rabbis needed this essentialism, and try to consider what it means to emulate that approach today.


Yehuda Kurtzer

Yehuda Kurtzer is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, overseeing its educational initiatives for Jewish communal leaders. He taught at Brandeis as the inaugural Chair of Jewish Communal Innovation. His book Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past, offers new thinking... Read More →

Saturday February 15, 2014 3:45pm - 5:00pm EST
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