• June 23, 2021
  • 13 5781, Tamuz
  • פרשת בלק

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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June 28, 2021
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23
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6
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Mon 11:30 am, 12:30 pm
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: Lesson
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July 5, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: Lesson
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July 12, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: Lesson
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July 19, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: Lesson
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July 26, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: Lesson
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August 2, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: Lesson
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August 9, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: Lesson
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August 16, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: Lesson
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August 23, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: Lesson
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August 30, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: Lesson
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September 6, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: Lesson
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September 13, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: Lesson
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September 20, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: Lesson
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September 27, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: Lesson
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October 4, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: Lesson
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October 11, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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October 18, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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October 25, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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November 1, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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November 8, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: Lesson
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November 15, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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November 22, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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November 29, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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December 6, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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December 13, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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December 20, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: Lesson
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December 27, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Moreh Nevukhim: Lesson
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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.