Adult Education with Rav Shai: RaMBaM (Maimonides)
Perplexed? Discover Maimonides’ Transformative Philosophy
Alas, it is impossible to overstate Moses Maimonides’ influence on Judaism. The product of high Islamic culture and deep Jewish learning, Maimonides transformed Jewish literature and Jewish thought. He systematized, codified, and rationalized the Jewish traditions, which he had inherited. In shocking ways, he turned Judaism into a religion.
This four-week course will immerse us in the family, life, times, works, and thought of Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (RaMBaM). We’ll travel from the poetry-infused life of Andalusia to the medical clinic RaMBaM ran outside of Cairo. We’ll look at his commentary, code, philosophy, and letters. Finally, we’ll see how his son’s attraction to Sufi mysticism was both predictable and an uncanny precursor to post-Enlightenment Judaism.
WHEN: January 12, (at 11:00 AM); January 19 and 26; and February 2 (at 10:00 AM)
WHERE: AJ (room to be determined)
COST: Free for AJ members; $18 for materials for non-members (non-members can pay here)
REGISTRATION: By January 8, email AJAdultEd@gmail.com, or call the AJ office at 215.635.661