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Moses Maimonides: Rabbi, Philosopher, and Community Leader

Thank you so much for your interest in Delve Deeper: A Program of Intensive Jewish Study!

Join us this Fall as we get a sense of Maimonides’ mindset, life and cultural world in this
Delve Deeper adult education course taught by Alan Verskin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of
History, University of Rhode Island
Thursdays, 7:30 PM—9:30 PM, September 8 – December 15, 2022, on Zoom
In this course, we will read Maimonides’ works closely to get a sense of his mindset, life and
cultural world. We will explore and discuss his concepts of God, his understanding of the
purpose of the commandments, his ideas about the distinctions between Jews and non-
Jews, and his theory of scriptural interpretation. We will read from his enigmatic
philosophical work, The Guide of the Perplexed, and explore why it was simultaneously so
influential and so controversial. We’ll read from his summation of Jewish law, the Mishneh
Torah, a book that Maimonides hoped would make legal study widely accessible. Finally,
we will also look at Maimonides’ responses to letters written to him from across the Jewish
world that ask for his help in solving a variety of personal and communal problems, many
of which still resonate today. This class will have twelve meetings instead of the usual ten
for Delve Deeper courses.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Morty Miller at
Thank you, and we look forward to learning with you soon!


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We are committed to enabling everyone to enroll in this course, regardless of financial circumstances. If you are in need of financial assistance, please say so here, and someone will contact you to determine a reasonable registration fee. If you are able to make a donation above the $250 course fee, please consider sponsoring a scholarship to help ensure that this is a barrier-free opportunity.

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