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The Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies

Jan 14, 2019

Speaker: Professor Kenneth Seeskin
Series:Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman Distinguished Speaker Series  
Location: Beth Shalom Congregation, Columbia, MD 
Date: December 10, 2018

The first two commandments of the Decalogue are the primary sources for our Jewish monotheism. How do we understand the commandments? Is belief in one God all that is required to make one a monotheist? If not, what else is needed? Why does the third commandment prohibit us from making images of God? Professor Seeskin, a professor of philosophy and expert in Maimonides, will explain how these issues are more controversial than people might think. In fact, it is far from clear that we observe these laws in the ways that Rambam and other sages understood them.