When religions are compared, scholars often distinguish Judaism by noting the centrality of law and the parallel de-emphasis of faith. Spinoza once opined that Judaism was not a religion but a legal system. Famous Talmudic texts highlight the central authority of rabbisâ€”not God. Join Dr. Barry Wimpfheimer to explore the relationship between law and religion in Judaism.
Dr. Barry Wimpfheimer is Assistant Professor of Religion and Law at Northwestern University. He received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University and his PhD in Religion from Columbia University.
Recorded Sunday, May 16, 2010 at Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies.