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The Art of Heresy

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1. Sunday, March 15, 2020 19 Adar 5780

10:45 AM - 12:30 PMBHA

2. Sunday, March 22, 2020 26 Adar 5780

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7. Sunday, May 17, 2020 23 Iyyar 5780

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8. Sunday, May 31, 2020 8 Sivan 5780

10:45 AM - 12:30 PMBHA

Anyone can be a sinner, but it takes both knowledge and integrity to be a heretic. 

Join us for an exploration of two of Judaism’s most important heretics - Alisha ben Abuya and Baruch Spinoza. 

Alisha ben Abuya, known also as Acher, or Other, was a Talmudic sage who left the fold when he could no longer reconcile the tradition he received with the reality he experienced.  Although he was “excommunicated” from Judaism, he remains a character in the Talmud, asking difficult questions which need to be asked. We’ll encounter him primarily through the novelistic retelling of his life in As a Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg. 

Spinoza was a Jewish-Dutch philosopher of Portuguese Sephardi origin. One of the early thinkers of the Enlightenment and modern biblical criticism, including modern conceptions of the self and the universe, he came to be considered one of the great rationalists of 17th-century philosophy. We’ll learn more about his thought, and what it means today from Rebecca Goldstein’s book, Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity.

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