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Amitai Bin-Nun

Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Amitai Bin-Nun holds a B.A. from Yeshiva University, a M.A.St from the Jesus College, University of Cambridge, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, and was awarded the 2009 Luckens International Prize in Jewish Thought from the University of Kentucky. He has interests in science, religion, and baseball.

Rabbi Akiba and Moses: Revelation and Redemption

Was Akiva greater than Moses?

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The Talmud in Menahot (29b) details an enigmatic episode in which Moses ascends to the Heavens and has a vision of Rabbi Akiva's classroom. What did Rabbi Akiva have over Moses and why would God choose to give the Torah to Moses anyway? We will engage in a joint textual study of relevant sources over millenia of Jewish history and come away with a new understanding of what revelation and redemption really are.

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