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Saturday, February 13 • 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Torah Lishmah and Modern Philosophers

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What is 'Torah Lishmah' and how does it connect to Modern Philosophy? A talmudic term, 'Torah Lishmah' has become a central part of Judaism and roughly translates into 'studying for its own sake'. In this session we will study several talmudic sources in order to gain some deeper understanding of this beautiful yet somewhat complex concept. Furthermore, we will explore how several ideas that derive from 'Torah Lishmah' reoccur in Modern Philosophy. Focusing on the notion of time and creativity, we will find some surprising parallels between the thought of our sages and that of modern philosophers such as Walter Benjamin, Friedrich Nietzsche or Immanuel Kant. There are no prior knowledge requirements for this session.

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Gad Marcus

Gad Marcus currently writes a philosophical dissertation in Education & Jewish Studies at NYU. Born in England, Gad grew up in Switzerland and Israel. He served in the IDF and worked as a SCUBA Instructor before receiving a B.Ed. from David Yellin and a M.A. in Jewish Philosophy... Read More →

Saturday February 13, 2016 5:15pm - 6:15pm EST
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