Mitzvot and the Path to Human Flourishing
Hosted By: Jewish Theological Seminary of America
The medieval philosopher Moses Maimonides claimed that the mitzvot (commandments) are a divine law. By this, he meant not only that the mitzvot originate with God, but that they were a medium by which people could flourish both politically and personally — which for Maimonides meant the attainment of intellectual comprehension.
This session will explore the significance of Maimonides’ view and how two modern Jewish thinkers, Mordecai Kaplan and Eliezer Berkovits, built on Maimonides’ ideas to develop their own understandings of how observance of the mitzvot can advance human growth and the attainment of perfection.
This session is part of JTS’s series on “Living a Life of Meaning.”
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