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Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik is one of America’s leading voices on Jewish ideas, religious freedom, and faith in the modern age. In conjunction with the release of his new YouTube lecture series, "Sacred Time: A Journey through the Jewish Holidays," this podcast will collect and feature Rabbi Soloveichik’s latest podcasts, lectures, live events, and more.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 47 Ratings

Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik is one of America’s leading voices on Jewish ideas, religious freedom, and faith in the modern age. In conjunction with the release of his new YouTube lecture series, "Sacred Time: A Journey through the Jewish Holidays," this podcast will collect and feature Rabbi Soloveichik’s latest podcasts, lectures, live events, and more.

    Pirkei Avot—The Misunderstood Masterpiece Ep. 6: The Excommunication of Rabbi Eliezer and the History of Rabbinic Judaism

    Pirkei Avot—The Misunderstood Masterpiece Ep. 6: The Excommunication of Rabbi Eliezer and the History of Rabbinic Judaism

    A free, 6-part audio course

    Traditionally studied each week between Passover and Shavuot, Avot may be the most beloved tractate in the rabbinic cannon; but its purpose and teachings may also be misunderstood. In this new audio course from the Tikvah Fund, Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik provides learned insight into the unique lives and worldviews of the rabbinic sages featured in the tractate. He thereby shows how to understand Avot as what it really is: an intellectual history of Jewish minds that were often in debate, and who offered solutions to challenges in a post-Temple world that was in many ways not unlike our own.

    Episode 6: The incredible story of the “Oven of Akhnai,” so rich in drama and meaning, sheds light on a jarring feature of Avot: Rabbi Eliezer’s critical comment against the sages. In his final lecture, Rabbi Soloveichik connects the dots, bringing together the themes of the previous lectures and highlighting Judaism’s “symposium of the generations.”

    • 59 min
    Pirkei Avot—The Misunderstood Masterpiece Ep. 5: Rabban Yochanan Ben Zakai and the Creation of Yavneh

    Pirkei Avot—The Misunderstood Masterpiece Ep. 5: Rabban Yochanan Ben Zakai and the Creation of Yavneh

    A free, 6-part audio course

    Traditionally studied each week between Passover and Shavuot, Avot may be the most beloved tractate in the rabbinic cannon; but its purpose and teachings may also be misunderstood. In this new audio course from the Tikvah Fund, Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik provides learned insight into the unique lives and worldviews of the rabbinic sages featured in the tractate. He thereby shows how to understand Avot as what it really is: an intellectual history of Jewish minds that were often in debate, and who offered solutions to challenges in a post-Temple world that was in many ways not unlike our own.

    Episode 5: Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai may be said to have single-handedly saved Judaism after the destruction of the Second Temple. In this lecture, Rabbi Soloveichik recounts and interprets this visionary realist’s place in Avot and in Jewish history.

    • 42 min
    Pirkei Avot—The Misunderstood Masterpiece Ep. 4: The Majesty and Humility of Judah the Prince

    Pirkei Avot—The Misunderstood Masterpiece Ep. 4: The Majesty and Humility of Judah the Prince

    A free, 6-part audio course

    Traditionally studied each week between Passover and Shavuot, Avot may be the most beloved tractate in the rabbinic cannon; but its purpose and teachings may also be misunderstood. In this new audio course from the Tikvah Fund, Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik provides learned insight into the unique lives and worldviews of the rabbinic sages featured in the tractate. He thereby shows how to understand Avot as what it really is: an intellectual history of Jewish minds that were often in debate, and who offered solutions to challenges in a post-Temple world that was in many ways not unlike our own.

    Episode 4: Great historical figures often cannot imagine the world without them. Rabbi Judah the Prince, one of the greatest leaders of Jewish history, presents a stark exception to the rule. Rabbi Soloveichik tells his story and examines the relationship between authority and mortality, greatness and humility.

    • 39 min
    Pirkei Avot—The Misunderstood Masterpiece Ep. 3: The “Chosen People” between Universalism and Particularism

    Pirkei Avot—The Misunderstood Masterpiece Ep. 3: The “Chosen People” between Universalism and Particularism

    A free, 6-part audio course

    Traditionally studied each week between Passover and Shavuot, Avot may be the most beloved tractate in the rabbinic cannon; but its purpose and teachings may also be misunderstood. In this new audio course from the Tikvah Fund, Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik provides learned insight into the unique lives and worldviews of the rabbinic sages featured in the tractate. He thereby shows how to understand Avot as what it really is: an intellectual history of Jewish minds that were often in debate, and who offered solutions to challenges in a post-Temple world that was in many ways not unlike our own.

    Episode 3: Avot includes the words of generations of renowned sages. But there are surprising omissions as well. In this lecture, Rabbi Soloveichik explores the “mystery of the missing Gamliel,” the grandfather of the author of the Mishnah, thereby throwing new light on the meaning of the whole composition. 

    • 41 min
    Pirkei Avot—The Misunderstood Masterpiece Ep. 2: The Rise of the House of Hillel

    Pirkei Avot—The Misunderstood Masterpiece Ep. 2: The Rise of the House of Hillel

    A free, 6-part audio course

    Traditionally studied each week between Passover and Shavuot, Avot may be the most beloved tractate in the rabbinic cannon; but its purpose and teachings may also be misunderstood. In this new audio course from the Tikvah Fund, Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik provides learned insight into the unique lives and worldviews of the rabbinic sages featured in the tractate. He thereby shows how to understand Avot as what it really is: an intellectual history of Jewish minds that were often in debate, and who offered solutions to challenges in a post-Temple world that was in many ways not unlike our own.

    Episode 2: In his second lecture, Rabbi Soloveichik unravels the significance of the most famous Talmudic rabbi, Hillel, who summarized the whole of the Torah while standing on one foot.

    • 41 min
    Pirkei Avot—The Misunderstood Masterpiece Ep. 1: What is Avot Really About? The Nature and Purpose of a Rabbinic Masterpiece

    Pirkei Avot—The Misunderstood Masterpiece Ep. 1: What is Avot Really About? The Nature and Purpose of a Rabbinic Masterpiece

    A free, 6-part audio course

    Traditionally studied each week between Passover and Shavuot, Avot may be the most beloved tractate in the rabbinic cannon; but its purpose and teachings may also be misunderstood. In this new audio course from the Tikvah Fund, Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik provides learned insight into the unique lives and worldviews of the rabbinic sages featured in the tractate. He thereby shows how to understand Avot as what it really is: an intellectual history of Jewish minds that were often in debate, and who offered solutions to challenges in a post-Temple world that was in many ways not unlike our own.

    Episode 1: In this opening lecture, Rabbi Soloveichik introduces Tractate Avot, “the most beloved and most misunderstood book…in all of rabbinic literature.” Learn how the first chapter of this work embodies the history of Jewish theology and law from the end of the period of the prophets until today. 

    • 53 min

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