• December 2, 2022
  • 8 5783, Kislev
  • פרשת ויצא

Moreh Nevukhim

Moreh Nevukhim

In his monumental medieval work Moreh Nevukhim (Guide for the Perplexed) the Rambam tries to explain two main ideas. The first is that a Jew has an obligation to understand and appreciate the physical world around him and try to make sense of it as the environment in which God put him in. The second is that God resides in the metaphysical realm and wants us to have a relationship with Him and appreciate Him for whom He is. Join Rabbi Daniel Korobkin live from the Beth Avraham Yosef of Toronto (“The BAYT”) Congregation as he learns through the Moreh Nevukhim section by section, week by week, with the hope of understanding these ideas and making them meaningful to us in our lives.

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December 05, 2022
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Monday 11:30AM
December 21, 2020 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: Moreh Nevukhim: An Introduction to this course
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In this introductory session Rabbi Daniel Korobkin and Rabbi Jeffrey Saks speak about the Rambam’s Moreh Nevukhim and the goals for this series.

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January 4, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: Moreh Nevukhim 1:54 (part 2)
January 11, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: Lesson
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We will be covering chapters 1:55 & 1:56 in this class. See attached handout.

January 18, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 1:57 – The Unique Meanings of Existence, Oneness, and Eternality as they Pertain to God
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January 25, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 1:58 – Further Clarity on the Negative Theology of God
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February 1, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 1:59 – Different Levels of Knowing God Amidst Rambam’s Negative Theology
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February 8, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 1:60 – The Dangers of Ascribing Positive Attributes to God
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February 15, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 1:61 – The Uniqueness of the Shem HaMeforash (The 4-Letter name of God)
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February 22, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 1:62 – The 4-Letter, 12-Letter, and 42-Letter Names of God
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March 1, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 1:63 – “I Am That I Am” – Defining God in Terms of Himself
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March 8, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 1:64 – The “Name” and “Glory” of God
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March 15, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 1:65 – Does God Speak?
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March 22, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 1:66 – An “Act” of God
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May 10, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 1:67 – The Three Verbs of Sabbath or: Does God Rest?
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Please note that we’ll be starting this and future courses at 7:45 pm EDT (15 minutes later than normal). Thank you for your patience during this recent lapse in the shiur.

May 24, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 1:68 – God’s Active Intellect and His Unity
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Tomorrow’s shiur will be somewhat unconventional. No Hebrew sources. We will rather discuss some medieval philosophical ideas about intellect, and specifically an entity called the Active Intellect. To help get your feet wet, I’m attaching a paper I wrote on the subject several years ago. I’ll use this paper to elucidate the ideas of Moreh Nevukhim 1:68, many will recur in subsequent chapters. Tomorrow’s shiur is at approx 7:45 am EDT.

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May 31, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 1:69 – An Introduction to Kalam, and the Four Aristotelian Causes
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Tomorrow’s shiur in Moreh Nevukhim begins the last 7 chapters of the First Section. These chapters are unique in that they present a disputation with the Kalamists (Mutakallimun), a group of philosophers whom the Rambam assumes we already know. We will therefore spend the first part of the shiur defining whom they are and why they are the Rambam’s theological opponents. We’ll then begin 1:69 and discuss the Aristotelian Four Causes. We have two pdfs for tomorrow: (1) An excellent and concise presentation of Kalam from Prof. Alfred Ivry, and (2) An explanation of the Four Causes. Shiur begins Monday morning at 7:45 am EDT.

June 7, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 1:69 (part 2) – God as Prime Cause
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June 14, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 1:70 (part 1) – God as Prime Mover
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June 21, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 1:70 (part 2) – What Remains of Us After we Die, and Defining the Chariot
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June 28, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 1:71 (part 1) – The Flawed Methodology of Religious Philosophers (Kalamists)
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July 5, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 1:71 (part 2) – Is Creation the Ultimate Proof for a Creator?
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July 12, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 1:72 – How the World Works Scientifically and Man as Microcosm
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July 19, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 1:73 (part 1) – 12 Premises of the Mutakallimun
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July 26, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 1:73 (part 2) – Does God Renew Creation Constantly?
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Please use the same handout as last week, attached.

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August 2, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 1:73 (part 3) – Is Everything Imaginable Possible?
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August 9, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 1:73 (part 4): Infinity and: Are the Senses Reliable Arbiters of Reality?
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August 23, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 1:74 – Seven “Proofs” for Creation and a Creator
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August 30, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 1:75 – Five “Proofs” for God’s Unity and their Refutations
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September 6, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 1:76 – Three “Proofs” for God’s Incorporeality and their Refutations
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October 4, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: Section 2: Introduction (part 1)
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October 11, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:Introduction (part 2) – 26 (Aristotelian) Premises to Prove God
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October 18, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:1 (part 1) – Using Aristotelian Logic to Prove God’s Existence, Unity, and Incorporeality
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November 1, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:1 (part 2) – Seven Arguments for God’s Existence, Unity, and Incorporeality
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November 8, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:2 & 2:3 – Using Aristotle to Explain the Torah
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November 15, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:4 – Aristotle on the Motion of the Heavenly Spheres
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November 22, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:5 – The Torah Agrees with Aristotle on Heavenly Bodies
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November 29, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:6 (part 1): Angels and Aristotelian Forces are One and the Same
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December 6, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:6 (part 2) – Angeles as Forces of Nature in Scripture and Chazal
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December 13, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:7 & 2:8 – Angels’ Free Will and: Sometimes, Aristotle is More Correct Than the Sages
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December 20, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:9 & 2:10 (part 1) – The Cosmos and the Pattern of Four in All Existence
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December 27, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:10 (cont.) – Recurring Patterns of Four in the Universe and Ma’aseh Merkavah
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January 3, 2022 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:11 – Correctly Representing Scientific Reality and Reclaiming our Tradition
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(Please note we will be starting class about 15 minutes late due to Rosh Chodesh)

January 10, 2022 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:12 – God “Overflows” Into Our World
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January 24, 2022 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:13 (part 1) – 3 Theories on the Origin of the Universe & Meaning of Time
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February 14, 2022 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:13 (part 2) – Beliefs Other Than our Torah about the Origins of Existence
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February 21, 2022 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:14 – Nine Arguments for an Eternal Universe
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February 28, 2022 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:15 – Aristotle Admits that an Eternal Universe has NOT Been Proven
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March 14, 2022 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:16-17 (part 1) – Swinging the Philosophical Pendulum Towards Creation
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March 21, 2022 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:17 (part 2) and 2:18 (part 1) – Physics Can’t Prove It, but Does G-d’s Nature Prove an Eternal Universe?
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March 28, 2022 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:18 – G-d’s Essence does Not Prove an Eternal Universe
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April 4, 2022 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:19 (part 1) – Aristotle’s Arguments Don’t Work in the Face of Particularization
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April 11, 2022 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:19 (part 2) – Particularization Points to Creation
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April 25, 2022 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:20 – Aristotle on Existence by Non-Chance and Existence by Intent (Regularity and Teleology)
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May 2, 2022 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:21 – Existence by Necessity (Regularity) and Existence by Will (Teleology) are Incompatible
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May 9, 2022 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:22 – Aristotle’s Cosmology Dismantled
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May 30, 2022 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:23 – Arriving at Truth When Faced with Doubts
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June 13, 2022 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:24 – The Uneven Motions of the Celestial Bodies Disproves Aristotle
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June 20, 2022 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:25 – Figurative Biblical Interpretation for God’s Incorporeality, but NOT for Creation
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June 27, 2022 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:26 – Did One of Our Sages Subscribe to the Platonic Model of Creation?
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July 4, 2022 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:27 – Things Created by God’s Will Can Exist Eternally
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July 11, 2022 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:28 – Scripture Attests to the Future Eternity of the Universe
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July 18, 2022 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:29 (part 1) – Scripture that Appears to Contradict Eternity A Parte Post
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July 25, 2022 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:29 (part 2) – Miracles in Light of the Eternality of Creation
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August 1, 2022 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: Moreh Nevukhim
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August 8, 2022 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:30 (part 1) – The Act of Creation Re-Explained
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August 15, 2022 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:30 (part 2) – The Act of Creation Re-Explained (continued)
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September 5, 2022 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:30 (conclusion) and 2:31 – The Importance of Sabbath Observance to Faith
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September 12, 2022 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:32 – What is Prophecy? Three Approaches and the Connection to Creation
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September 19, 2022 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:33 – What Did Israel Hear from G-d at Sinai?
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October 3, 2022 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: Moreh Nevukhim
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October 24, 2022 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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November 7, 2022 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:34 – The Role of Angels in Prophecy
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November 14, 2022 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:35 – The Uniqueness of Moses’ Prophecy
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November 28, 2022 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: 2:36 – How Prophecy Works
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December 5, 2022 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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December 12, 2022 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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December 19, 2022 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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December 26, 2022 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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January 2, 2023 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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January 9, 2023 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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January 16, 2023 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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January 23, 2023 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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January 30, 2023 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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February 6, 2023 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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February 13, 2023 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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February 20, 2023 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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February 27, 2023 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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March 6, 2023 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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March 13, 2023 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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March 20, 2023 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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March 27, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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April 3, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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April 10, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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April 17, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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April 24, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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May 1, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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May 8, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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May 15, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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May 22, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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May 29, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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June 19, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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June 26, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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July 3, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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July 10, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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July 24, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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July 31, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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August 7, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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August 14, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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August 21, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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August 28, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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September 4, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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September 11, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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September 18, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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September 25, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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October 2, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin is mara d’asra(senior rabbi) of Beth Avraham Yosef of Toronto Congregation (“The BAYT”). Rabbi Korobkin holds a Master of Science degree from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Graduate School, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Medieval Jewish and Islamic Thought from UCLA. He is the translator and annotator of the Feldheim edition of Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi’s Kuzari. Rabbi Korobkin is the current president of the Rabbinical Council of America.