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Saturday, August 18 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
From Rationalist to (Not Quite) Hassid

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Location: Small Shul

How does a hard-nosed analytical philosopher, trained in the rationalism of contemporary English-speaking philosophy react to the airy-fairy-mumbo-jumbo spiritual world of Hassidism? How do the words of the anti-philosophical Polish masters bring a person from thinking Hassidic writing to be pretty much a bunch of meaningless phrases put together because they sound nice, to thinking that Hassidut has something profound to say about what the heart and soul of Judaism is always was, and should be? Come and look at some of the texts that almost make me want to grow by beard long!

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Samuel Lebens

Samuel Lebens holds a PhD in metaphysics and logic from the University of London, and has spent 5 years learning in yeshivot. He is a modern-orthodox educator, philosopher, political commentator and playwright. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Israel.

Saturday August 18, 2012 2:15pm - 3:15pm NZST