This class we’re moving on to the Maimonidean element in our movement from the Image of God to Human Rights. Rambam is similar to the Zohar in that the realized human image, which is the Image of God, symbolizes the highest possible manifestation of ultimate value possible in our world. But the Rambam, unlike the Zohar, is all about practical political considerations and their role in establishing a just world order. In this sense, the Rambam is the link connecting the Zohar’s poetic celebration of the mystery and glory of ADAM to Rabbi Hayyim Hirshensohn’s vision of Democracy and Human Rights as the first step in realizing the Kingdom of God upon earth.
Here are the written materials for this class. They are broken up into five parts. Each part has a title expressing the theme that we’re focusing on.
Lecture Part 1:
Lecture Part 2: