Between Obligation and Free Choice

Date: Mar 06, 2023

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Sponsor: Online Learning | Public Lectures and Events

Location: Online

Category: Online Learning Public Lectures & Events

Between Obligation and Free Choice

Part of our spring learning series, The Space In Between: Thresholds and Borders in Jewish Life and Thought

Monday, March 6, 2023
1:00–2:00 p.m. ET

With Dr. Gordon Tucker, vice chancellor for Religious Life and Engagement, JTS 

Jewish tradition prizes hiyyuv, the obligation to follow Jewish law, whereas modern culture places a great emphasis on making autonomous choices and commitments that are voluntarily chosen. How do we find a comfortable space in between? 

If you have previously registered for another session in this series, your registration admits you to all sessions in the series, and you may attend as many as you’d like. 

Note: The Zoom link for this session will be in the confirmation email that you will receive after you register. 


The Space In Between: Thresholds and Borders in Jewish Life and Thought  

We are living in an undefined time: our daily existence is no longer dominated by the pandemic, yet neither have we settled into a new normal. This sense of being in transition—neither here nor there—can feel destabilizing; but is the time in between really temporary, or are we always living in between moments, identities, and phases of life?  

In this series, JTS scholars will delve into the idea of liminality—the time or space in between—which we encounter often in Jewish ritual, identity, law, and life. Join us to consider what these many manifestations of “in-between-ness” can teach us about ourselves and about Judaism, and to explore how we might find strength and meaning in an orientation not of “either/or” but of “both/and.”