Summer Lecture Series 2018
Judaism commands us to love. Learn with Rabbi Shai Held about what that mandate really means—is it focused on emotions, actions, or both?—and whom does it require us to love?
No lesser a figure than R. Akiva declares that “love your neighbor as yourself” is “the great principle of the Torah” (kelal gadol baTorah). Yet Jews have always struggled to discern just what this startling verse asks of us. In this session, through careful engagement with both traditional commentators and modern academic Bible scholars, we’ll ask such questions as: What does this verse mean? Can love (or any other feeling, for that matter) really be commanded? Can we really love other people as much as we love ourselves? And who is the neighbor we’re commanded to love, anyway?
Lecture 2: Is "Love Your Enemies" A Jewish Idea?
|The Great Principle of the Torah is Love, but What Does that Mean?|
|Is "Love Your Enemies" A Jewish Idea?|
|The God of Judaism Is a God of Love|