Winter Week of Learning
Mysticism and Diplomacy: Ramban as Commentator, Disputant, Kabbalist, and Communal Leader
Sunday, December 23 – Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Rabbi Moshe ben Naḥman (1194-1267) was one of the most versatile and influential figures in Jewish history. His commentary on the Torah is one of the most remarkable works in the history of Jewish literature, synthesizing literary, philological, philosophical, and mystical approaches, and he is also well known as a writer of Talmudic commentaries and legal treatises. A harsh critic of Maimonides, among others, he also penned works meant to defend his own intellectual heroes from criticisms. And if that were not enough, he was also a physician and then a communal leader in Gerona, who tried to broker a compromise in the swirling controversy over philosophy, and was later called to a disputation against the Christians in front of King James I of Aragon. Banished from his homeland as a result of his performance there, he settled in Israel for the last years of his life, where he engaged with French traditions and the Jews of Jerusalem, revising his commentary in light of what he found, and grappling with the mystical meaning of it all. Creative and innovative in Bible, Talmud, halakha, and kabbalah, the Ramban’s life and work are endlessly fascinating and enriching.
Join us at The Sixth Street Community Synagogue, 325 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003, as we explore some of the many facets of this towering figure in Jewish history and thought.
Click on any title below to register for the individual session.
|Sun, Dec 23||Mon, Dec 24||Tues, Dec 25|
|Dr. Aaron Koller||Dr. Yoni Brafman||Dr. Michelle Levine
|1:30-4||Rabbi David Silber||Jennifer Seligman||Dr. Joel Hecker|