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Remembering Rambam
Alyssa Gray, Kenneth Seeskin
and Marc B. Shapiro
December 6, 13, 20, 2004

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To mark Rambam's 800th yahrzeit, we will look at his legacy and his life from three perspectives: as a posek, as a philosopher and as a man in his historical context. This multi-faceted man of great intellect had such a transformative effect upon Judaism that all serious students since his time must reckon with his literature.


This mini-course consists of three 1-hour presentations by telephone and an email discussion between each of the phone calls. If you cannot make the live session, recordings will be made available an hour after the call for you to listen to at your leisure. Through the discussion, you will have a chance to interact with your colleagues and our special presenters. There are also a set of relevant sources for you to download. Once you register, study materials will be available for downloading from this website - including articles, handouts, and/or texts.

The sessions are as follows:

Session Date & Time

Ken Seeskin

Maimonides on the
Foundations of Judaism

Monday, Dec. 6

1 - 2 pm EST
12 - 1 pm CST
11 am - 12 pm MST
10 - 11 am PST


Marc B. Shapiro

When God had a Body

Monday, Dec. 13

1 - 2 pm EST
12 - 1 pm CST
11 am - 12 pm MST
10 - 11 am PST


Alyssa Gray

The Rambam as Reader:
Mishneh Torah And Its Sources

Monday, Dec. 20

1 - 2 pm EST
12 - 1 pm CST
11 am - 12 pm MST
10 - 11 am PST

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Scholars' Bios

Dr. Alyssa Gray, J.D., is Assistant Professor of Codes and Responsa Literature at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. She has also taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary, from which she received her Ph.D. in Talmud and Rabbinics in 2001. Prior to beginning her doctorate, she studied at the Hebrew University Faculty of Law (LL.M. 1994), and worked as a litigation associate at Davis Polk and Wardwell in New York. She received her J.D. at Columbia University, and holds B.A. degrees from Barnard College (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is the co-author (with Bernard Jackson, Berachyahu Lifshitz, and Daniel B. Sinclair) of "Halacha and Law," included in the award-winning The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies (2002), and is a contributor to the series My People's Prayer Book. Other articles and reviews have appeared in The Journal of Jewish Studies, Prooftexts, Hebrew Studies, and Conservative Judaism. She is the author of a forthcoming book entitled A Talmud In Exile: The Influence of Yerushalmi Avodah Zarah on the Formation of Bavli Avodah Zarah (forthcoming, Brown Judaic Studies, 2005). Her current research concerns wealth and poverty in classical and medieval rabbinic literature.

Dr. Marc B. Shapiro received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Brandeis University. He holds the Weinberg Chair in Judaic Studies at the University of Scranton. His major area of interest is Jewish religious history. His recent book Between the Yeshiva World and Modern Orthodoxy (Amazon) was a National Jewish Book Award Finalist. Relevant to this mini-course, he also wrote The Limits of Orthodox Theology: Maimonides' Thirteen Principles Reappraised (Amazon), a work on the historical influence of Maimonides' Thirteen Principles, for which he earned another National Jewish Book Award.

Dr. Kenneth Seeskin is the Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University. He earned his Ph.D. at Yale University. He specializes in Jewish Philosophy, Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion. His work uses classic texts in the history of philosophy to shed light on problems of perennial interest. His latest book is Autonomy in Jewish Philosophy (Cambridge UP, 2001). Previous books include Searching for a Distant God: The Legacy of Maimonides (Oxford University Press), Jewish Philosophy in a Secular Age (SUNY Press) and Maimonides: A Guide for Today's Perplexed (Behrman House). Among his published articles are: "Is the Apology of Socrates a Parody?" "Socratic Philosophy and the Dialogue Form," "Vlastos on Elenchus and Mathematics," and "Maimonides and Aquinas on Creation." He has won several teaching awards at Northwestern and serves as the editor of the SUNY Press series in Jewish philosophy. Currently, he is editing the Cambridge Companion to Maimonides.

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