‘Abominable Heresies and Monstrous Acts’: Spinoza’s Jewish Roots and Legacy
Three days before Tisha B’Av in 1656, at just 23 years old, Baruch Spinoza was excommunicated by his Amsterdam Jewish community. The rabbinical council accused him of “abominable heresies” and “monstrous acts,” forbidding all interaction with him and his writings. In this year’s installment of Marc Ashley’s annual adult education class between Pesah and Shavuot, we will explore the fascinating Jewish roots and legacy of Spinoza’s heterodox views. What led to his radical thinking, and what imprint did it leave in the Jewish world? Please join our discussion on Zoom of one of the most controversial, influential and unforgettable Jews of all time.