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Yehuda HaLevi  & The Kuzari -

Professor Daniel Lasker


BA, MA and PhD, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University.


Norbert Blechner Professor of Jewish Values (emeritus) in the Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev


Academic areas of interest: medieval Jewish philosophy including the thought of Yehuda HaLevi, Maimonides, Hasdai Cresca, Jewish- Christian relations and Karaite Judaism


Selected works:

·        Karaism: An Introduction to the Oldest Surviving Alternative Judaism

·        The Refutation of the Christian Principles

·        Jewish Philosophical Polemics Against Christianity in the Middle Ages: With a New Introduction

·        Theological Encounters at a Crossroads

·        From Judah Hadassi to Elijah Bashyatchi: Studies in Late Medieval Karaite Philosophy


Episode #1

The Kuzari – Yehuda HaLevi – Professor Daniel Lasker – Introduction

Episode #2

Why did Yehuda HaLevi write The Kuzari?

Episode #3

The Kuzari – Structure & Content?

Episode #4

The Kuzari – Philosophical Work or Polemic?

Episode #5

How does The Kuzari compare to Saadia Gaon’s Emunot Ve’deot?

Episode #6

(Jewish) Khazars – Myth or Reality?

Episode #7

The Kuzari - HaLevi - Poetry- What's the Connection?

Episode #8

Yehuda HaLevi & Abraham Ibn Ezra -

Deep Friendship?

Episode #9

Yehuda HaLevi’s Journey to the Land of Israel

Episode #10

Why is the Kuzari Popular Today?


Full Interview - Professor Daniel Lasker

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