Category: Featured Lectures

Ethical, Spiritual, and Rational Elements of Mishneh Torah/ Rambam’s Code of Jewish Law – 3/8/04

  He discusses the ethical, spiritual, and rational elements of the Rambam’s/Maimonides Mishneh Torah/Code of Jewish Law. This was recorded on 3/8/04.

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“Creating Meaningful Halacha/Law”- The Rav/Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik

“We’ve been studying about one of the foremost thinkers of the 20th century, Rav Joseph Soloveitchik.

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Why We Should Know the Rav/Rabbi Soloveitchik (2 of 2)- Rabbi Labaton’s Reflections of his Teacher at Yeshiva University REITS

Class 2 of 2- Recorded on 5/18/04  Rabbi Labaton shares his personal reflections on his Rabbi and teacher, the Rav/Rabbi Soloveitchik (1903-1993). He received his smicha/Rabbinical Ordination from the Rav/Rabbi Soloveitchik at Yeshiva University REITS.  

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Why We Should Know the Rav/Rabbi Soloveitchik (1of 2)- Rabbi Labaton’s Reflections of his Teacher at Yeshiva University REITS

Class 1 of 2 –Recorded 5/3/04 Here, Rabbi Labaton shares his personal reflections on his Rabbi and teacher, the Rav/Rabbi Soloveitchik (1903-1993). He received his smicha/Rabbinical Ordination from the Rav/Rabbi Soloveitchik at Yeshiva University REITS.

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“Captured by the Mystics”- The Case of the Rambam/Maimonides 12/08/03

*“Our goal tonight is to try and rescue the Rambam/Maimonides (1135C.E.-1204CE) from the clutches of the Kabbalists/Mystics.”

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Resurrection Controversy around the Rambam’s/Maimonides Writings- 2009

Physical and/or Spiritual Resurrection? The Rambam/Maimonides (1135C.E.-1205C.E) was criticized for not believing in physical resurrection and not including it in his Mishneh Torah/Code of Jewish Law. The Ra’vaad/Rabbeinu Abraham ben David (1125C.E.-1198C.E.) who was mystically inclined who challenged much of

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Edah-Human Dignity as a Factor in Halachic Decision Making (Edah Conference)

Rabbi Labaton spoke at the Edah Conference on how Kavod Haberiot/Respecting one’s Dignity and how it factors into the halachic decision making process.

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Guide For The Perplexed, Sherlock Holmes, and The Fool (2011 in Israel)

given 1/25/11 at Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi. What do the Rambam’s  “Guide for The Perplexed”, “Sherlock Holmes”, and “The Fool” have in common?

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Torah/Bible For The Masses- Rambam/Maimonides 8/16/09

“The Rambams/Maimonides view of the Torah/Bible is that the Torah/Bible is an esoteric work, it’s a hidden work.

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Basics of Biblical Interpretation-4/23/02

The Rabbi discusses how one should approach the text in order to maximize one’s experience. In addition, how one should approach commentaries and the questions one should ask prior to learning a commentary. Is the commentator a pashtan or darshan?

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“Jew against Jew” (10 min.)-Rambam’s Hilchot De’ot/ Maimonides Laws of Moral Attributes

10 minute class on Halachot (Laws) ben Adam L’Makom (Laws between Man and G-d) and ben Adam L’Havero (Laws between Man and Man). The Rabbi uses the Rambam’s (Maimonides) work of Mishneh Torah with Hilchot De’ot (laws of moral attributes).

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Biblical Exegesis- Selem Elokim/Kavod Haberiot 10/18/02

Anyone that ever heard a speech, took a class, or spent time with Rabbi Labaton heard the concept of Selem Elokim . He felt this was one of, if not the most fundamental tenets in Judaism. Selem Elokim= Every person is created in the image

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Abraham; One Man, One Vision

In this lecture, Rabbi Labaton examines the text of Genesis, and how one man ultimately influenced the world. Lecture courtesy of TorahCentral.com

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Names in Sefer Bereshit/ Book of Genesis 11-21-05

Lecture 11-21-05 given at the home of Roz & Richie Matthews

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Bereshit/Genesis Through the Eyes of a Philosopher (1 of 2) 10-11-04

Lecture given 10-11-04. Presented by Merkaz Moreshet Yisrael.

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Science and Religion: EVOLUTION (1 of 2) 2/9/04

Recorded 2-9-04. Presented by Merkaz Moreshet Yisrael.

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Science and Religion: CREATION (1 of 4) 10-27-03

Recorded 10-27-03. See the article discussed in this class Science and Religion article part 1

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Philosophy of the Bible Series- Why learn Tanach? (1 of 11) 2/17/03

Lecture given 2/17/03. (1 of 11) “Why Learn Tanach?”

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Modern Writers (1 of 11) 2/17/03

Modern Writers on the Jewish Nation Series In this course, we read from the writings of  famous American authors who wrote about the Jews such as Mark Twain, James Michner, and Paul Johnson. This literature covers questions concerning what is

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