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Awaken: A Maimonidean Imperative

David Flatto / September 17, 2006

The Rambam's famous metaphoric interpretation of the shofar blast as a wake-up call must be read as part of a panoply of Maimonidean sources that advance a profound religious imperative to awaken spiritually. We will study passages in the Mishneh Torah and Guide for the Perplexed that explore this motif, and highlight its particular resonance during the High Holiday season. Part of the Stanley Rudoff Memorial High Holy Day Lecture Series.




David Flatto

David Flatto is an assistant professor of law, religion, and history at Penn State Law. He has a PhD in Jewish Studies from Harvard University and a JD from Columbia Law School, and received ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He has written and lectured on Maimonides, Jewish legal philosophy, and the critical and historical study of rabbinics. Click here to access podcasts recorded by David Flatto.


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