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Are Mitzvot Rational?



Martin Lockshin / December 25, 2006

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If mitzvot have reasons, are those reasons rational? Is the purpose of mitzvot to help us live more rational lives or are they meant to get us to rise to some plane above the rational? We will examine the great divide between the rational and mystical schools of Jewish thinking and see how the issue plays out in Bible commentaries on the laws of the Torah.

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Martin Lockshin

Martin Lockshin is Chair of the Department of Humanities at York University, Toronto, and has served in the past as Director of York's Centre for Jewish Studies. He has an MA and PhD from Brandeis University and rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat HaRav Kook.  He is the author of several books and articles on biblical commentary and has twice been awarded the Canadian Jewish Congress Book Prize. Click here to access podcasts recorded by Martin Lockshin.


 

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