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Sunday, February 22 • 11:00am - 11:45am
The Kabbalah of Forgiveness: Rabbi Moshe Cordovero and the 13 Levels of Mercy

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Emerging from the spiritual renaissance of 16th century Safed, Rabbi Moshe Cordovero's Tomer Devorah (Date Palm of Devorah) became an instant classic of Jewish thought and spirituality. Steeped in the Kabbalistic tradition, Rabbi Cordovero took the unprecedented step of applying mysticism to traditional Jewish ethics (mussar). This presentation will focus on the glorious first chapter of Tomer Devorah, which analyzes 13 different strategies for forgiving others (and yourself). Note: this particular work, with its emphasis on personal moral development, is considered an exception to the ban on the study of Kabbalah by students under the age of 40, and is widely read across the Jewish spectrum.

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Henry Abramson

Dean, Touro College
A native of Canada, Henry Abramson received his PhD in History from the University of Toronto and held postdoctoral and visiting appointments at Harvard, Cornell, Oxford and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  He is an author of six books, including A Prayer for the Government: Ukrainians and Jews in Revolutionary Times, and Reading the Talmud: Developing Independence in Gemara Learning, as well as many scholarly articles.  A... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 126