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The 2021 BC Winter Lecture Series

The 2021 Beit Chaverim Online Winter Lecture Series

programmed by Allan Arkush

Professor of Jewish Studies, SUNY, Binghamton


A three-part series, featuring three compelling speakers, 

Two Sundays at 4:00 PM, one at 7:00 PM

Free Admission!  Registration required

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Jan 10, 4:00 PM:

Dr. Daniel Rynhold

Yeshiva University

Introducing Medieval Jewish Philosophy:

The Medieval Period was Jewish philosophy's golden age, as thinkers including Judah Halevi and Moses Maimonides grappled with some of the most challenging issues in Jewish philosophy. But what were those issues, how did they begin to take center-stage, and what were the differing philosophies that they effected? This session will take the first steps towards answering these questions.

Daniel Rynhold has been Professor of Jewish Philosophy since 2007  at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, where he was appointed as Dean this past summer.He is the author of Two Models of Jewish Philosophy: Justifying One’s Practices (Oxford University Press, 2005), An Introduction to Medieval Jewish Philosophy (I.B. Tauris, 2009), and most recently Nietzsche, Soloveitchik, and Contemporary Jewish Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2018)


Jan 24, 7:00 PM:

Shira Billet

Yale University

"Hermann Cohen, Maimonides, and the Modern Case for Jewish Philosophy"

Hermann Cohen (1842-1918) would never have called himself a "Jewish philosopher" but in many ways, he founded the field of modern Jewish philosophy. Although many of his intellectual heirs saw him as irretrievably on the wrong side of a divide within the field -- he was too rational, too naive, too German -- it proved impossible to overcome the legacy of the philosopher who had made the modern case for recovering Maimonides, and Jewish philosophy more broadly. 


Shira Billet is a postdoctoral associate in the departments of Judaic Studies and Philosophy at Yale University. She is currently writing a book on the modern Jewish philosopher, Hermann Cohen, based on her dissertation which was entitled "The Philosopher as Witness: Hermann Cohen's Philosophers and the Trials of Wissenschaft des Judentums" 

Feb 7, 4:00 PM:

Kenneth Green

University of Toronto

"Between Jerusalem and Athens: Leo Strauss and The Duality of Jewish Thought"

Leo Strauss was one of the most profound Jewish thinkers of the 20th century. He occupied the highly unusual position of being a great thinker and teacher about both Jewish philosophy and political thought. The core of his thinking on Judaism can be characterized as a confrontation between "Jerusalem and Athens," involving a choice between "progress or return." We will delve into his thought by exploring this duality in order to discover why he thought that challenge is imperative for Jews and Judaism in the future.

Kenneth Green has been teaching Judaism in the Department for the Study of Religion and the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto since 1987. He received his Ph.D. in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. His main area of research is in Jewish thought and philosophy, both medieval and modern. He has published numerous books and articles, among which are: Leo Strauss oMaimonides: The Complete Writings, and Leo Strauss and the Rediscovery of Maimonidesboth with the University of Chicago Press in 2013His most recent book has just appeared in print: The Philosophy of Emil Fackenheim: From Revelation to the Holocaust, published by Cambridge University Press in 2020.

All event held online- free registration here

Fri, January 15 2021 2 Shevat 5781