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Sunday, March 6 • 11:00am - 11:50am
Halachic Creativity: Moroccan Thought, Maimonidean Thought and Beyond

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The present understanding of Halakha (Jewish Law) has been shaped by the phenomenon of "Ashkenormitivity", where the Ashkenazi Halakhic methodologies have been accepted as the norm. 

What happens when the focus turns to Halakhic ideas and positions from different parts of the world? Can the way in which Halakha has been conceptualized be maintained, or are the assumptions which are made specific to a particular Ashkenazi Jewish milieu?

The source material for this presentation will be based in the writings and ideas of Rav Yuval Cherlow, Rabbi Marc Angel, Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo, and others who push the distinction between Jewish philosophy and Jewish law. 

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Chaim Grafstein

I am currently a M.A. Candidate in the Religious Studies Dept. at McMaster University. I study contemporary Judaism, contemporary Jewish thought, as well as archaeology and and Medieval Jewish thought. My current research is centered around the Moroccan Jewish community of Toronto using an ethnographic lens.

Sunday March 6, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am

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