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Valley Beit Midrash - Radical Jewish Views of God: Maimonides vs Spinoza

Thursday, December 21, 2023 9 Tevet 5784

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Think your beliefs about God are “out there?“ Think again! In this session, we will delve the unexpected views of two of Judaism’s greatest thinkers – Maimonides and Spinoza. Both of them rebel against the “traditional” notion of God found in the prayerbook, but in very different ways. We’ll explore what each of them has to say about what God is (and what God isn’t), and we’ll explore our own theology along the way.


Micah Streiffer is a rabbi, teacher, writer, and lifelong student who is known for his engaging style in the classroom and his ability to make Jewish texts and ideas come to life. Micah is the founder of LAASOK  a virtual Beit Midrash (“House of Study”) that empowers liberal Jewish learners to deepen their connection with Judaism through study. He also serves Kol Ami, a Reform congregation in the Toronto area, and hosts the popular Seven Minute Torah podcast. Ordained a rabbi at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Cincinnati 2007), Micah has served as a congregational rabbi for 16 years. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Jewish thought at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.


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