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Animals, slaves and robots: a discourse of rights and obligations in law, philosophy, and halakhah. February 21

Interreligious Theology From A Jewish Vantage Point

Ephraim Meir, Professor for modern Jewish Philosophy at Bar-Ilan University, gave
a fascinating lecture about his approach towards an Interreligious Theology from a
Jewish viewpoint. Prof. Meir sees the need for such a concept for two main
reasons: On the one hand the existence of different religions in close neighborhood
and on the other hand the inherent ambivalence of religion, which he describes
with the metaphor of the Janus face: religion has the power to contribute for the
good of society, but also has the potential to be a destructive force in society. He
therefore advocates for a religious and philosophical approach with a dialogical
structure. One of the central ideas in this dialogical Philosophy is “Trans-
Differences”. An idea, which does not annihilate the existing and important
differences between the religions, but tries to transcendent them. According to Meir
this bridging between religions is not only possible but also a necessity for a more
peaceful society.
In his lecture Prof. Meir shows that his concept of Interreligious Theology is deeply
rooted in the Jewish tradition. He not only describes which Jewish sources inspired
him in his thinking but also explains how and which Jewish thinkers influenced his
approach, namely four: the relational thinking of Martin Buber, the dialectic of
institutional religions from Franz Rosenzweig, the alterity of the Other from
Emmanuel Levinas and the idea of connectedness and humanism from Abraham
Joshua Heschel.
Prof. Meir not only succeeds in weaving these four highly interesting notions
together in his own conception of dialogical philosophy, but also presents it in a
vivid and informative way. The lecture can be found online and is well worth

My Man: Unity and Ongoing, Eternal Betrothal

My Man:  Unity and Ongoing, Eternal Betrothal
The experience of unity with God must bring about new Divinely inspired ethics, new human openheartedness, new ethos of faith, and, as a result, totally new understanding of Divinity.

There and back again: An interreligious Zoom Session

There and back again: An interreligious Zoom Session
Joseph refers to God, to whom the interpretation belongs. But he still reads the dreams. What is his role as an interpreter? Does he simply repeat what comes from somewhere else or is he a natural reader of dreams or is he the interpreter?

Joseph's Nuclear Family

Joseph's Nuclear Family
Family structure and the possibility of adoption in the ancient Near East. Professor Fleishman Joseph, The Zalman Shamir Bible Department, Bar-Ilan University

Interreligious Theology From A Jewish Vantage Point

Interreligious Theology From A Jewish Vantage Point
Professor Ephraim Meir - Interreligious Theology From A Jewish Vantage Point

Source booklet of the program

Source booklet of the program
Source Booklet Genesis Chapters 3 7- 5 Vol II - Lutherbibel 2017

An excursion to Jerusalem

An excursion to Jerusalem
An excursion to Jerusalem onSunday 15/7 The Old City of Jerusalem through the eyes of Prof. Alexander Deeg

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