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Nicham Ross Public Lecture at Paideia Feb 2014

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov on Doubts and Heresy


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The lecture focuses on the complex relationship of fascination and anxiety that the Hassidic master, R. Nachman of Breslav, displays vis a vis the magnitude of challenges and doubts that rationalist thought poses to religious belief.  Alongside a biographical account of the threat that such doubts and challenges posed for R. Nachman personally, we discuss the  more general metaphysical explanation he offers for their intensity, as well as the existentialist advice he recommends for  believers striving to overcome them.

Nicham Ross is a lecturer in the Department of Jewish Thought at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Nicham received his PhD in Jewish Thought at Ben Gurion University and he specializes in researching identity and tradition in Jewish literature from the beginning of the 20th century.