Category: Lecture Series

Parshanut of the Torah (4/4)- 3/7/2001

Recorded March 7th, 2001

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Parshanut of the Torah (3/4)- 10/29/2001

Recorded October 29th, 2001

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Parshanut of the Torah (2/4)- 10/16/2001

Recorded October 10th, 2001

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Parshanut of the Torah (1/4)- 10/25/2000

Recorded October 25th, 2000

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Science and Religion: Contradictory or Complimentary? (2000-2001) Part 9 of 9

Starting in November of 2001 and concluding in February 2001, Rabbi Labaton gave a 9 part weekly class on the topic of “Science and Religion”. This class was given on February 17th, 2001.

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Science and Religion: Contradictory or Complimentary? (2000-2001) Part 8 of 9

Starting in November of 2001 and concluding in February 2001, Rabbi Labaton gave a 9 part weekly class on the topic of “Science and Religion”. This class was given on January 13th, 2001.

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Science and Religion: Contradictory or Complimentary? (2000-2001) Part 7 of 9

Starting in November of 2001 and concluding in February 2001, Rabbi Labaton gave a 9 part weekly class on the topic of “Science and Religion”. This class was given on December 16th, 2000.

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Science and Religion: Contradictory or Complimentary? (2000-2001) Part 6 of 9

Starting in November of 2001 and concluding in February 2001, Rabbi Labaton gave a 9 part weekly class on the topic of “Science and Religion”. This class was given on December 9th, 2000.

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Science and Religion: Contradictory or Complimentary? (2000-2001) Part 5 of 9

Starting in November of 2001 and concluding in February 2001, Rabbi Labaton gave a 9 part weekly class on the topic of “Science and Religion”. This class was given on December 2nd, 2000.

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Science and Religion: Contradictory or Complimentary? (2000-2001) Part 4 of 9

Starting in November of 2001 and concluding in February 2001, Rabbi Labaton gave a 9 part weekly class on the topic of “Science and Religion”. This class was given on November 25th, 2000.

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Science and Religion: Contradictory or Complimentary? (2000-2001) Part 3 of 9

Starting in November of 2001 and concluding in February 2001, Rabbi Labaton gave a 9 part weekly class on the topic of “Science and Religion”. This class was given on November 18th, 2000.

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Science and Religion: Contradictory or Complimentary? (2000-2001) Part 2 of 9

Starting in November of 2001 and concluding in February 2001, Rabbi Labaton gave a 9 part weekly class on the topic of “Science and Religion”. This class was given on November 11th, 2000.

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Science and Religion: Contradictory or Complimentary? (2000-2001) Part 1 of 9

Starting in November of 2001 and concluding in February 2001, Rabbi Labaton gave a 9 part weekly class on the topic of “Science and Religion”. This class was given on November 4th, 2000.

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Suffering in the Talmud Class #3 Summer 1995

(3 out of 3) This three-part class series was given in the summer of 1995. To our knowledge, the first class in the series was not recorded

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Suffering in the Talmud Class #2 Summer 1995

(2 out of 3) This three-part class series was given in the summer of 1995. To our knowledge, the first class in the series was not recorded

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How to Deal with Tragedy Class #3 7/2001

(3 out of 3) This three-part class series was given in July of 2001. Dedicated in memory of Joe Betesh A”H, by his wife Sonia, his children and grandchildren.

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How to Deal with Tragedy Class #2 7/2001

(2 out of 3) This three-part class series was given in July of 2001. Dedicated in memory of Joe Betesh A”H, by his wife Sonia, his children and grandchildren.

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How to Deal with Tragedy Class #1 7/2001

(1 out of 3) This three-part class series was given in July of 2001. Dedicated in memory of Joe Betesh A”H, by his wife Sonia, his children and grandchildren.

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Ethics & Punishment: Summer 1995

Lecture given in the summer of 1995

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Dangers of Being “Chosen” (Summer 1999)

Being the “Chosen” people has put the Jews in very precarious situations over the years. Moreover, being “Chosen” has led to anti-Semitism. Has this idea of being “Chosen” helped or hindered our work in this world?

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Source Book for Our Lives- (1of4) Bereshit/Genesis 10/15/09

(1 of 4) Exploring Sefer Bereshit/Genesis as the source of the ideas, ideals, and values which have shaped the modern world.

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Source Book for Our Lives- (2of4) Bereshit/Genesis 10/19/09

(2 of 4) Exploring Sefer Bereshit/Genesis as the source of the ideas, ideals, and values which have shaped the modern world.  

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Source Book for Our Lives- (3of4) Bereshit/Genesis 10/27/09

(3 of 4) Exploring Sefer Bereshit/Genesis as the source of the ideas, ideals, and values which have shaped the modern world.  

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Source Book for Our Lives- (4of4) Bereshit/Genesis 12/2009

(4 of 4) Rabbi Labaton discuss’s how the themes within Sefer Bereshit/Book of Genesis contain the ideas, ideals, and values we should live by. It’s the source book of our lives.

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The Many Sides of Teshuvah/Repentance (1of 8) -Rambam/Maimonides

Part 1 of 8 on Inyaneh Teshuvah

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The Many Sides of Teshuvah/Repentance (2 of 8) -Rambam/Maimonides

Part 2 of 8 on Inyaneh Teshuvah. Focus of this class is how the Rambam/Maimonides deals with Teshuvah/Repentance. The below are some of the sources used in this class. These are not exact quotes with exact chapters and so on.

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The Many Sides of Teshuvah/Repentance (3 of 8) – Rambam/Maimonides

Part 3 of 8 on Inyaneh Teshuvah. The Rabbi uses King Shaul’s reign (1020BCE -1000BCE) as an example of where Repentance fails. Below are the texts Rabbi Labaton discusses in this class (JPS English translation). [Book of Samuel 1, Chapter 13:1- 13:7]

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The Many Sides of Teshuvah/Repentance (4 of 8) -Rambam/Maimonides

Part 4 of 8 on Inyaneh Teshuvah – Rabbi Labaton recalled a situation when he asked The Rav’s grandson in-law, who does the family think understood Rav Soloveitchik best? The answer he received

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The Many Sides of Teshuvah/Repentance (5 of 8)- Rambam/Maimonides

Part 5 of 8 on Inyaneh Teshuvah.

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The Many Sides of Teshuvah/Repentance (6 of 8) -Rambam/Maimonides

Part 6 of 8 on Inyaneh Teshuvah.

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The Many Sides of Teshuvah/Repentance (7 of 8) -Rambam/Maimonides

Part 7 of 8 on Inyaneh Teshuvah.

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The Many Sides of Teshuvah/Repentance (8 of 8) -Rambam/Maimonides

Part 8 of 8 on Inyaneh Teshuvah

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The Many Sides of Teshuvah/Repentance (8 class series enclosed)

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Striking Aspects of Tanach – Shemuel/Samuel (2010)

Part of an ongoing series “Striking but True Aspects of Tanach”. In this class, the Rabbi touches on Sefer Iyov/Job, and focuses primarily on the book of Shemuel/Samuel.   ~2010

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Biblical Exegesis- Selem Elokim/Kavod Haberiot 1/25/03

Recorded on 1/25/03: Anyone who 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

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Biblical Exegesis- Selem Elokim/Kavod Haberiot 01/10/03

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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Biblical Exegesis- Selem Elokim/Kavod Haberiot 12/24/02

Recorded on 12/24/02: 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

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Biblical Exegesis- Selem Elokim/Kavod Haberiot 12/19/02

Recorded: 12/19/02 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

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Biblical Exegesis- Selem Elokim/Kavod Haberiot 12/9/02

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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Biblical Exegesis- Selem Elokim/Kavod Haberiot 10/28/02

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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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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Science and Religion: EVOLUTION (2 of 2) 2/16/04

Recorded 2-16-04. 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 (4 of 4) 11-17-03

Recorded 11-17-03. Presented by Merkaz Moreshet Yisrael.

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Science and Religion: CREATION (3 of 4) 11-10-03

Recorded 11-10-03. Presented by Merkaz Moreshet Yisrael.

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Science and Religion: CREATION (2 of 4) 11-3-03

Recorded 11-3-03. 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- Iyov/Job (11 of 11) 6/16/03

Recorded 6/16/03- Philosophy of the Bible Series – Iyob (Job) This course provides a historical/conceptual overview of the Bible, explaining its Ancient Near Eastern context and the philosophical and religious ideas that emerged from that context. Each book of the Bible

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Philosophy of the Bible Series- Tehilim/Psalms and Mishle/Proverbs (10 of 11) 6/9/03

Recorded 6/9/03. Philosophy of the Bible Series – Tehilim (Psalms) and Mishle (Proverbs) This course provides a historical/conceptual overview of the Bible, explaining its Ancient Near Eastern context and the philosophical and religious ideas that emerged from that context. Each

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Philosophy of the Bible Series – Tehilim/Psalms (9 of 11) 6/2/03

Recorded 6/2/03. Philosophy of the Bible Series This course provides a historical/conceptual overview of the Bible, explaining its Ancient Near Eastern context and the philosophical and religious ideas that emerged from that context. Each book of the Bible will be

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Philosophy of the Bible Series- Tehilim/Psalms (8 of 11) 5/12/03

Recorded 5/12/03. Philosophy of the Bible Series – Tehilim (Psalms) This course provides a historical/conceptual overview of the Bible, explaining its Ancient Near Eastern context and the philosophical and religious ideas that emerged from that context. Each book of the

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Philosophy of the Bible Series- Twelve Prophets (7 of 11) 5/5/03

Recorded 5/5/03. Philosophy of the Bible Series – Tere Asar (Twelve Prophets) This course provides a historical/conceptual overview of the Bible, explaining its Ancient Near Eastern context and the philosophical and religious ideas that emerged from that context. Each book

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Philosophy of the Bible Series- Prophets (6 of 11) 3/31/03

Recorded 3/31/03. Philosophy of the Bible Series – Neviim (Prophets) This course provides a historical/conceptual overview of the Bible, explaining its Ancient Near Eastern context and the philosophical and religious ideas that emerged from that context. Each book of the

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Philosophy of the Bible Series – Introduction to Prophets (5 of 11) 3/24/03

Recorded 3/24/03. Philosophy of the Bible Series – Introduction to Neviim (Prophets) This course provides a historical/conceptual overview of the Bible, explaining its Ancient Near Eastern context and the philosophical and religious ideas that emerged from that context. Each book

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Philosophy of the Bible Series- Selective Process in Jewish History (4 of 11) 3/10/03

Philosophy of the Bible Series (4 of 11) Recorded 3/10/03 The Selective Process in Jewish History– Not only does every person not impact the world, but some never even succeed in understanding the ideas, ideals, and values of Judaism. Some choose to

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Philosophy of the Bible Series- The Spoken Word (3 of 11) 3/3/03

Lecture given 3/3/03. Philosophy of the Bible Series

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Philosophy of the Bible Series- Model of Impacting the World (2 of 11) 2/24/03

  Philosophy of the Bible Series (2 of 11) 2/24/03 Justice and Righteousness Ideas, Ideals, and Values of the Bible How have we impacted the world? Rabbi Labaton’s 3-fold model of impacting the world: 1) Hypothetical Model, 2) Concentric Circle Theory

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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 (11 of 11) 6/19/03

Lecture give 6/19/03 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

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Modern Writers (10 of 11) 6/9/03

Lecture recorded 6/9/03 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

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Modern Writers (9 of 11) 6/2/03

Lecture given 6/2/03 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

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Modern Writers (8 of 11) 5/12/03

Lecture given 5/12/03 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

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Modern Writers (7 of 11) 5/5/03

Lecture given 5/5/03 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

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Modern Writers (6 of 11) 3/31/03

Lecture given 3/31/03 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

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Modern Writers (5 of 11) 3/24/03

Lecture given 3/24/03 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

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Modern Writers (4 of 11) 3/10/03

Lecture given 3/10/03 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

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Modern Writers (3 of 11) 3/3/03

Lecture given 3/3/03. 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

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Modern Writers (2 of 11) 2/24/03

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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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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Egeret HaRambam/Letters of Maimonides (14)- Student Response to Hasdai Levi

A letter written by one of Maimonides students about the most essential issues one can ask about Judaism. e.g. Prophesy, Science & Religion, Purpose of Life, Purpose of Mitsvot…. The Rambam was sick at this time, so the Rambam’s students

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Egeret HaRambam/Letters of Maimonides- (13) To Hakhme Lunel/Rabbi’s of Provence cont.

Part 2 of Maimonides Letters to Hakhme Lunel/Rabbis of Provence. Tradition website: “The last two recorded letters of Maimonides were addressed to Rabbi Jonathan Hakohen of Lunel in 1199 and to the leaders of the same community in 1200, four years prior

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Egeret HaRambam/Letters of Maimonides- (12) To Hakhme Lunel/ Rabbi’s of Provence

Part 1 of Maimonides Letters to Hakhme Lunel/Rabbis of Provence. Tradition website: “The last two recorded letters of Maimonides were addressed to Rabbi Jonathan Hakohen of Lunel in 1199 and to the leaders of the same community in 1200, four years prior

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Egeret HaRambam/Letters of Maimonides (11)- Understanding Private vs. Public Letters

How should we interpret or read the letters of HaRambam/Maimonides?

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Egeret HaRambam/Letters of Maimonides (10)- Ovadia Ha-Ger/The Convert 2004

Maimonides wrote an answer to a question asked by Ovadia Ha-Ger/The Convert. (2004)

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Egeret HaRambam/Letters of Maimonides (9) – “Egeret Teman (cont.)” 12/29/02

The Rabbi continues this series of Egeret HaRambam/Letters of the Rambam. Here, he goes into Egeret Teman, letters that were written from the HaRambam/Maimonides to the leaders of Teman. He writes to a community that is in dire straits on issues

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Egeret HaRambam/Letters of Maimonides (8) – “Egeret Teman (cont.)” 12/05/02

The Rabbi continues this series of Egeret HaRambam/Letters of the Rambam. Here, he goes into Egeret Teman, letters that were written from the HaRambam/Maimonides to the leaders of Teman. He writes to a community that is in dire straits on issues

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Egeret HaRambam/Letters of Maimonides (7) – “Egeret Teman (cont.)” 11/24/02

The Rabbi continues this series of Egeret HaRambam/Letters of the Rambam. Here, he goes into Egeret Teman, letters that were written from the HaRambam/Maimonides to the leaders of Teman. He writes to a community that is in dire straits on issues

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Egeret HaRambam/Letters of Maimonides (6) – “Egeret Teman (cont.)” 11/17/02

The Rabbi continues this series of Egeret HaRambam/Letters of the Rambam. Here, he goes into Egeret Teman, letters that were written from the HaRambam/Maimonides to the leaders of Teman. He writes to a community that is in dire straits on issues

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Egeret HaRambam/Letters of Maimonides (5) – “Egeret Teman (cont.)” 11/3/02

The Rabbi continues this series of Egeret HaRambam/Letters of the Rambam. Here, he goes into Egeret Teman, letters that were written from the HaRambam/Maimonides to the leaders of Teman. He writes to a community that is in dire straits on issues

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Egeret HaRambam/Letters of Maimonides (4) – “Egeret Teman (cont.)” 10/27/02

The Rabbi continues this series of Egeret HaRambam/Letters of the Rambam. Here, he goes into Egeret Teman, letters that were written from the HaRambam/Maimonides to the leaders of Teman. He writes to a community that is in dire straits on issues

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Egeret HaRambam/Letters of Maimonides (3) – “Egeret Teman” 10/18/02

The Rabbi continues this series of Egeret HaRambam/Letters of the Rambam. Here, he goes into Egeret Teman, letters that were written from the HaRambam/Maimonides to the leaders of Teman. He writes to a community that is in dire straits on

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Egeret HaRambam/Letters of Maimonides (2) – 10/13/02

The Rabbi continues this series of Egeret HaRambam/Letters of the Rambam. This was recorded on 10/13/02.

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Egeret HaRambam/Letters of Maimonides (1) 2/2/02

One of the great criticisms of the Rambam/Maimonides was that he did not write down the sources used to explain how he derived and decided Jewish law. His Code of Jewish Law/Mishneh Torah was straight forward without a discussion on

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