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Should a Jew Look for the Reasons for Mitzvot

Martin Lockshin / December 20, 2006

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Jewish thinkers through the ages have often disagreed about whether mitzvot have reasons at all, and, even if they do, whether it is meritorious, worthwhile, pretentious or dangerous for us human beings to attempt to figure out those reasons. We will examine texts from Jewish philosophers and Bible commentators which address this issue.




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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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