Mitzvah, Magic, Myth: Maimonides and the Fight Against Religious Superstition

New In Person and Zoom* course with Dr. Elliott Malamet. Wednesdays, 10:30a.m.-12:00p.m. (Israel time) -- Starting Feb 22nd, 2023.

Wednesday, 22/02/2023 | 10:30 - 12:00
Wednesday, 01/03/2023
Wednesday, 15/03/2023
Wednesday, 22/03/2023
Wednesday, 29/03/2023
Wednesday, 19/04/2023
Wednesday, 03/05/2023
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Wednesday, 17/05/2023
Wednesday, 24/05/2023
In Person

The 12th century thinker Maimonides is the greatest philosopher in the history of Judaism. His understanding of Judaism was revolutionary, and has had a lasting impact to this day. In this course, we discuss his rational conception of God and providence, rationality and revelation, and the immense value of living a Jewish life, regardless of one’s cultural or historical circumstances. We will also compare his religious outlook to that of Jewish mysticism, and explore why Maimonides was so opposed to what he saw as the attempt to convey religion as magic.


ILS 650 ($200*) for 10 classes

*dollar price dependent upon exchange rate on date of payment

10% discount price for simultaneous registration for 2 series or more

15% discount price for simultaneous registration for 3 series or more.

Cancellation Policy:

Prior to start of course – 100% refund or 100% credit for another course.

Following one class – 90% refund or 100% credit for another course (except for fieldtrip courses where only a 75% refund will be given after one meeting).

No cancellation after 2 classes (in special cases, e.g. illness, a credit will be given for another course).


*In-person class is dependent upon a minimum number of in-person participants, otherwise the class will be given ONLY via zoom.

Details of meeting place for in-person courses will be sent one week before the start of classes.

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