“Love Your Neighbour”: Jews, Christians and the Meaning of a (Very) Elusive Commandment
Rabbi Shai Held Ph.D. from New York
“The leader of Post Denominational Judaism and one of the most influential Rabbis in America.”
President and Dean, The Hadar Institute – Combining the best of Yeshiva, The Jewish Theological Seminary and University Thought.
Sunday, June 23rd 2019
No less a figure than Rabbi Akiva describes the mandate to “love your neighbor as yourself ” as “the great principle of the Torah.” But what does the verse actually mean, and what are we being asked for?
Rabbi Shai Held delivers the 2019 Memorial Lecture
The lecture examined the history of Jewish interpretation of Leviticus 19:18 and ask: is the commandment about emotion, action, or both? If actions, what kind? If emotion, can emotion really be commanded? (The commandment is so elusive that Rabbi Louis Jacobs appears to change his mind about it over the course of his career.) Who is my neighbor anyway?
Also exploring the different ways Jews and Christians have traditionally read the verse and ask what the two traditions and their respective approaches can learn from one another.
Q and A with Rabbi Shai Held
Simon Eder interviews Rabbi Shai Held prior to the lecture
The lecture was preceded by Simon Eder (Director of Friends of Louis Jacobs) interviewingRabbi Held about his life and impact on modern day Judaism.