Mitzvot and the Path to Human Flourishing

Date: Dec 14, 2020 - Dec 14, 2020

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Sponsor: Online Learning

Location: Online

Category: Online Learning

Living a Life of Meaning

Mitzvot and the Path to Human Flourishing

Monday, December 14, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

The medieval decisor and philosopher Moses Maimonides claimed that the mitzvot (commandments) are a divine law. By this, he meant not only that the mitzvot originate with God, but that they were a medium by which people could flourish both politically and personally—which for Maimonides meant the attainment of intellectual comprehension.  

This session will explore the significance of Maimonides’ view and how two modern Jewish thinkers, Mordecai Kaplan and Eliezer Berkovits, built on Maimonides’ ideas to develop their own understandings of how observance of the mitzvot can advance human growth and the attainment of perfection.  

With Dr. Yonatan BrafmanAssistant Professor of Jewish Thought and Ethics; Director of the MA Program in Jewish Ethics, JTS.

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