Who Says I Have To?

What Mitzvah Really Means, and Why It Matters

Rabbi Jason Rubenstein

What has the power to obligate us to something or someone outside ourselves - and when do those obligations take on the force of law? As the cornerstone of the Jewish legal lexicon, the word 'Mitzvah' offers a window into what we care about, and what is worth our caring about. This class explores an under-appreciated stream of Jewish thinking that integrates the personal, legal, and theological, from the Tanakh through modernity.