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Mitzvot and Polemics

Martin Lockshin / December 20, 2006

We will examine the claim of many Jewish philosophers and Bible commentators who argue that mitzvot primarily serve the purpose of differentiating Jews from views and practices of the outside world.  Is being different a value in and of itself?




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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