Chiyyuv: Embracing Jewish Obligation (Summer Yom Iyyun 2019)

Chiyyuv: Embracing Jewish Obligation (Summer Yom Iyyun 2019)

Jews traditionally believe that we are born into a covenant and its attendant obligations. What does that mean and where do those obligations stem from? Why are we obligated to do what God asks? This day of learning explored such questions as:

  • Jewish tradition assumes that rabbis are invested with the authority to determine Jewish law—why should we follow their decisions and defer to their judgment?
  • Can we be obligated to feel or believe?
  • Judaism says that we have an extensive set of interpersonal obligations—what do we owe other people and why?
  • Is religiously grounded morality different from secular morality?
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