Audio Roundup Special: Revel Maimonides Conference

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MAIMONIDES NOW & THEN – a public conference

Sunday, December 17, 2023, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies in collaboration with Yeshiva University Museum present a public conference, sponsored by Terry and Gail Novetsky


“We are all Maimonideans now” (HT – Milton Friedman)

The entire program can be found here:


SESSION 1: 2:00 P.M. – 3:05 P.M. Philosophy & Halakhah | Chair: Dr. Daniel Rynhold


DR. SHIRA WEISS Yeshiva University

The Rambam’s thoughts concerning free will as well as divine providence are demonstrated in his interpretation of the paroh and iyov narratives.



The Rambam’s structuring of the mishneh torah shows both the granular legal elements and the overarching themes of halacha/hashkafa.


DR. SHIRA BILLET Jewish Theological Seminary

Biography of Herman Cohen and his insights into the Rambam who he felt was more in the platonic rather than aristotelian tradition. Humility was a central theme both in the Rambam’s epistemology and his ethics.


SESSION 2: 3:05 P.M. – 4:10 P.M. History & Culture | Chair: Dr. David Berger


DR. DAVID SCLAR Princeton University/Frisch School

We have many documents in the Rambam’s own hand which are very informative as far as content and tracking of his revisions. Printing over the years showed trends in the outside world (eg kabala) infiltrating the Rambam’s works (as well as printing errors requiring later scholarship). Evolution of “pictures” of the Rambam, stamps and other media are also of interest.


DR. RONNIE PERELIS Bernard Revel Graduate School

Sfardi (Spanish) Jews looked at themselves as an old and noble diaspora and when they had to leave they sought to transmit their open culture to their children in their new countries.


DR. STEVEN FINE Bernard Revel Graduate School

The Rambam acknowledged that he couldn’t draw well (me-wow there was something he didn’t excel at!) What did he really believe the menorah looked like? How and why did Lubavitch come to their conclusion as to the menorah’s geometry?


SESSION 3: 4:15 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Keynote Address | Chair: Dr. David Shatz

DR. JAMES DIAMOND University of Waterloo, Ontario

We see the Rambam’s overarching project in both the morah and the mishna tora. We start with the universal corporeal humen and end with the ultimate perfecting of the human being. Our (and his) overall goal is to be dedicated to seeking the truth which results from our focus on HKBH.


About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

One comment

  1. Great conference. Shkoyach!

    P.D. Just one typo, in origin Sephardi Jews were the Jews from Iberian Peninsula (more or less current Spain and Portugal), so could be more accurate “Sfardi (Iberian) Jews” instead “Sfardi (Spanish) Jews”

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