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The Place of God in Jewish Law

The Place of God in Jewish Law

Sunday, May 16, 2010 2:00 pm

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When religions are compared, scholars often distinguish Judaism by noting the centrality of law and the parallel de-emphasis of faith. Spinoza once opined that Judaism was not a religion but a legal system. Famous Talmudic texts highlight the central authority of rabbis—not God. Dr. Barry Wimpfheimer explored the relationship between law and religion in Judaism.

Dr. Barry Wimpfheimer is Assistant Professor of Religion and Law at Northwestern University. He received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University and his PhD in Religion from Columbia University.


This program was part of the Solomon Goldman Lecture Series, generously endowed by Rose and the late Sidney Shure