The Hoshen Mishpat Quest 4: Spanish Lights

Posted by Levi Cooper on June 9, 2021
Topics: A Shot of Torah

The Hoshen Mishpat Quest 4: Spanish Lights

Backtracking to medieval Spain, Levi looks at how Nahmanides (1194-1270) understood the mechanics of the Hoshen Mishpat [Breastplate of Judgement] – a truly fascinating approach considering the power of electricity was yet to be comprehended. Nahmanides’ understanding has clear advantages, although – as Levi points out – it also has a dangerous pitfall…

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Whether or not you have the pleasure and privilege of being physically present in our Beit Midrash, this is a golden opportunity to learn Torah with us. Join the Maggid of Melbourne, Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper, on his quest across centuries and over continents, as he sets out to understand the mysterious longing for the Hoshen Mishpat [Breastplate of Judgement]. How did this priestly vestment work, and why would sages pine for its return?

An enchanting adventure from the Bible, on to the Medieval Rabbis, and through to the beginning of the twentieth century. There is only one more thing to say: TO THE BEIT MIDRASH!

Credits
Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper – Pardes Faculty and A Shot of Torah Podcast Host
Adam Titcher – Executive Producer

About Levi Cooper

Levi teaches Bible, Hasidut, Maimonides and Midrash at Pardes. Originally from Australia, Levi holds an LL.B., LL.M. and Ph.D. from the Law Faculty of Bar-Ilan University, and is a member of the Israel Bar Association. He is currently an adjunct professor in the Law Faculty of Bar-Ilan University and post-doctoral fellow in the Law Faculty of Tel Aviv University. Click here to read more.

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