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Oxford Chabad Lectures

These are lectures given at Yom Limmud sessions held at Oxford Chabad Slager Centre

Oxford Yom Limmud 23 February 2020 - Dr Naftali Loewenthal - Bati LeGani ('I have come into My Garden')

'Bati LeGani' of the last two Lubavitcher Rebbes - a literary edifice of the 20th century: Rabbi Joseph Isaac Shneersohn taught the first version of his Bati LeGani discourse in 1923, and issued it for study in 1939 and again in 1950, for Yud Shevat, the day he passed away. The discussions of it in a stream of discourses by his successor R. Menachem Mendel, the 7th Rebbe, fill two fascinating volumes.

Oxford Yom Limmud 17 November - Dr Naftali Loewenthal

Mystical Transactions and the Chabad Chasidic Dsicourse

Oxford Yom Limmud 17 November - Dr Israel Sandman

Controlled Ecstacy: incrementalism and the absolute in the inner life

Oxford Yom Limmud 19 May 2019 - Dr Tali Loewenthal

From the Zohar to Chassidic Teachings

Oxford Yom Limmud 19 May 2019 - Dr Israel Sandman

From the Sacred to the Profane - the Ambiguities of Tanya Ch. 8.

Oxford Yom Limmud Astronomy 21 May 2017 - Dr Israel Sandman

Dr Israel Sandman discusses early 14th century Isaac Israeli’s interpretation of a Talmudic test of astronomy.

Oxford Yom Limmud Book Launch 21 May 2017 - Dr Naftali Loewenthal

Dr Naftali Loewenthal presents a fascinating new book by Boruch Oberlander and Elkanan Shmotkin, “The Early Years, the formative years of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson”.

R. Shimon Bar Yohai 29/05/16

Discussing the image of Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai, sage of the Mishnah and author of the Zohar.

The Tzemach Tzedek 1789-1866 - Dr. Naftali Loewenthal

Dr. Naftali Loewenthal discusses 'Book of Philosophy, Path of Faith' an intriguing book on philosophy written by the Tzemach Tzedek.

The Tzemach Tzedek 1789-1866 - Dr. Israel Sandman

Dr. Israel Sandman discusses categorization and synthesis in the Tzemach Tzedek's chassidic thought.

Dr. Naftali Loewenthal February 2016 - Collectivism and Individualism in Hasidism

Dr. Israel Sandman February 2016 - Progression of Soul Stages

Dr. Naftali Loewenthal - Maimonides' Approach to Creation

Dr. Naftali Loewenthal discusses Maimonides' approach to creation and how this was understood by later scholars. Presented at Oxford Chabad Yom Limmud 22 Nov 2015.

Rabbi Eli Brackman - Apostasy and Maimonides

Rabbi Eli Brackman discusses the case of "Jacob the Jew", an early 17th century figure in Oxford, who fled to escape public baptism. The case is analysed in terms of relevant halachic literature on Apostasy. Presented at Oxford Chabad Yom Limmud 22 Nov 2015.

Dr. Israel Sandman - Historiographical passages in Maimonides' Mishneh Torah

Dr. Israel Sandman explores the significance of Maimonides depicting the history of idolatry, of Abraham discovering Monotheism and other historiographical passages in this work. Presented at Oxford Chabad Yom Limmud 22 Nov 2015.

Thoughts on Kol Nidrei

Lecture at Yom Limmud at the Oxford Chabad Centre Sept 2015 on the legal and mystical aspects of Kol Nidrei.

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