Shaul Magid and Ira Stone // "Falling in Love with the Law": Spirituality in Jewish Practice


"Falling in Love with the Law": Shaul Magid and Ira Stone 

Is the essence of Jewish practice found in the commandments or individual spiritual development? In this open conversation, Dr. Shaul Magid of the Katz Center and Rabbi Ira Stone of the Mussar Leadership Program reflect on the vibrant and sometimes conflicting traditions of mussar (personal ethics) and halakhah (religious law). Taking one provocative rabbinic text as a starting point, they ask whether today’s Jewish landscape might allow these paths to converge in a new way.

Shaul Magid, current Katz center fellow, is the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Chair in Jewish Studies and Professor of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies at Indiana University Bloomington, with research interests ranging from sixteenth-century kabbalah to contemporary American Judaism. He is the author of many books including, most recently, American Post-Judaism: Identity and Renewal in a Postethnic Society (2013) and Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism, Christianity, and the Construction of Modern Judaism (2014). Magid’s essays on religion and politics have appeared in Tikkun Magazine, Tablet Magazine, Zeek Magazine, Religion Dispatches, Open Zion, and Moment Magazine.

Rabbi Ira Stone is Rosh Yeshiva (academic director) of the Mussar Leadership Program and Rabbi Emeritus at Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel. He is the author of numerous books and articles including Reading Levinas/Reading Talmud (JPS, 1998), Seeking the Path of Life: Theological Meditations on the Nature of God, Life, Love and Death (Jewish Lights, 1993), and A Responsible Life: The Spiritual Path to Mussar (Aviv Press, 2006).

Free and open to the public.  RSVP here.

Thursday, February 25, 7:00 PM
300 South 18th St.  
Philadelphia, PA

This program is part of our year-long series, Jews Beyond Reason: Celebrating Emotion, the Unconscious, and Other Dimensions of Jews' Inner Lives. In partnership with local host institutions, our aim is to connect fellows and colleagues with non-academic audiences in a spirit of shared exploration and mutual engagement.

Event Location: 
Temple Beth Zion Beth Israel, 300 South 18th Street, Philadelphia.
Free and open to the public. RSVP here.
Event Date and Time: 
February 25, 2016 7:00pm
Open to the public