31 episodes

Lecture series in Jewish Philosophy.
What was the purpose of Creation? What is man's place in the world? What are prophecy and prayer about? What is the significance of Shabbos and the Promised Land?
Explore these fundamental questions of Judaism from their sources, and become familiar with the systems developed by the great Torah thinkers: R' Saadiah Gaon, R' Yehuda HaLevi, R' Bahya ibn Pekude, Rambam and the school of the Mekubbalim.

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Lecture series in Jewish Philosophy.
What was the purpose of Creation? What is man's place in the world? What are prophecy and prayer about? What is the significance of Shabbos and the Promised Land?
Explore these fundamental questions of Judaism from their sources, and become familiar with the systems developed by the great Torah thinkers: R' Saadiah Gaon, R' Yehuda HaLevi, R' Bahya ibn Pekude, Rambam and the school of the Mekubbalim.

    #31 Eretz Yisrael, Land of Holiness, according to the Kuzari

    #31 Eretz Yisrael, Land of Holiness, according to the Kuzari

    What is the most central aspect of a Torah life, the axis of all spiritual experience?

    Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi gives a surprising answer which is foundational to his system of man's connection to the divine: the Holy Land.

    If a land can be hallowed, then the dimension of holiness can be manifest in the physical world – heaven can be brought down to earth. This inspiring concept is the heart and motivation of all spiritual living.





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    • 32 min
    #30 Man, Center of Reality

    #30 Man, Center of Reality

    Man searches for absolute truth, a precise system of God’s ways. But is there one definitive solution? What if our opinions themselves affect nature and determine how God acts?

    It may sound like science fiction, but Chazal state it clearly: God modifies His ways according to human opinion. His connection with man is absolutely imperative, but the specific methods of that connection are flexible.

    The idea of God’s flexibility redefines the concept of machlokes. Two contradictory notions can both be true; different realities can exist for different people. 





    You can email Rabbi Burton with questions or comments at oros.yaakov@gmail.com

    • 33 min
    #29 The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Empire, part 2

    #29 The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Empire, part 2

    How did the city so full of people become so alone?

    So begins the great lament, with a question that also hints – in coded language – to an answer. What made Israel a godly nation and what led to their downfall? Seen through the lens of Moshe’s parting speech to his people in the Book of Devarim, the opening cry of Eichah answers this with a complete theology of a holy people, its land and exile.





    You can email Rabbi Burton with questions or comments at oros.yaakov@gmail.com

    • 37 min
    #28 The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Empire, part 1

    #28 The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Empire, part 1

    How did the city so full of people become so alone?

    So begins the great lament, with a question that also hints – in coded language – to an answer. What made Israel a godly nation and what led to their downfall? Seen through the lens of Moshe’s parting speech to his people in the Book of Devarim, the opening cry of Eichah answers this with a complete theology of a holy people, its land and exile.





    You can email Rabbi Burton with questions or comments at oros.yaakov@gmail.com

    • 54 min
    #27 Negative Theology; from Rabbeinu Sa'adiah Gaon to the Mekubalim

    #27 Negative Theology; from Rabbeinu Sa'adiah Gaon to the Mekubalim

    What do we know about God?

    This is the most central dispute between the rival philosophic and esoteric schools of Jewish thought. Armed with ink and quill, the opposing camps have waged impassioned and heated battles throughout the centuries.

    Rabbeinu Sa'adiah Gaon, Rambam and others assert that it is impossible to understand Hashem's essence. We know only that He exists, or, more accurately, that He doesn’t not exist. Nothing else.

    R’ Chasdai Crescas and others, including the Mekubalim, reject that philosophy as antithetical to the Torah. We can know that Hashem is mighty and all-knowing and merciful. However, attributes that pertain to God are entirely unlike attributes that pertain to humans. God's attributes, like God Himself, are infinite.





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    • 38 min
    #26 The Chosen People, according to Kuzari and Shaarei Orah

    #26 The Chosen People, according to Kuzari and Shaarei Orah

    Why was one nation chosen from among the seventy – are all human beings not equal before the one God?

    No, says Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi, most emphatically not. In the sublime system of the Kuzari, the nation of Yisrael alone is a metaphysical, divine people. Only its members can be prophets, and only in their Holy Land; the Torah is decidedly nationalistic.

    Others are not as exclusive. Rambam maintains that even non-Jews can attain prophecy, and the Shaarei Orah delineates a unique spiritual role for all nations of the world; universalism is the Torah's ultimate goal.





    You can email Rabbi Burton with questions or comments at oros.yaakov@gmail.com

    • 35 min

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