History and Mechanics of Torah She-Baal Peh Part 2
Using Rambam’s introduction to the Mishna as our guide, join Rabbi Jeffrey Saks and explore how the Oral Law came to be from the moment Moshe came down from the mountain, through the Talmud, and beyond.
History and Mechanics of Torah She-Baal Peh Part 2: Lesson 2
THE PURPOSE OF IT ALL: Some previous discussion of Rambam’s analysis of role of Aggada and its proper interpretation can be found in these archives (MP3 and accompanying text only):
I will not give a full treatment to it here – instead we move forward to chap. 60 on the Purpose of “It All”.
History and Mechanics of Torah She-Baal Peh Part 2: Lesson 5
THE PERFECT SOCIETY: If you are not familiar with Plato’s allegory of the Cave (Republic, Book VII) either read it here or watch on YouTube version 1 or version 2 We will compare this to the Rambam in the Guide I:15 available on the attached sources.
Rabbi Jeffrey Saks is the founding director of ATID – The Academy for Torah Initiatives and Directions in Jewish Education, in Jerusalem, and its WebYeshiva.org program. He is the Editor of the journal Tradition, Series Editor of The S.Y. Agnon Library at The Toby Press, and Director of Research at the Agnon House in Jerusalem. A three-time graduate of Yeshiva University (BA, MA, Semicha), Rabbi Saks has published widely on Jewish thought, education, and literature (see webyeshiva.org/rabbisaks).