The Maharal Variations (Interpretation of Jehuda Liva ben Becalel)
20. 11. 2018 18:00
Maisel Synagogue, Maiselova 10, Prague 1
Maharal’s enormous body of scholarship in Theology , Philosophy, Kabbala, and Biblical Exegesis reveals a thinker of exceptional intellectual power, productivity and enduring influence. His thought encompasses and impressively anticipates significant later developments in Western Philosophy. A great deal of modern academic study of Maharal tends to be within the area of Intellectual History which although contributing greatly to our understanding of basic conceptual notions, overlooks and ignores the basic creative artistic dimension of Maharal’s work and persona. As the near totality of his writings are situated in the area of Rabbinic Midrash and Aggada specifically dealing with picturesque legends, poetic musings and dramatic parable, Maharal embarked on a comprehensive interpretation of this literature in order to reveal its great depths of hidden meaning which then become the raw material of his intellectual system In our talk, we focus our attention on Maharal’s B’eir HaGolah, the Well of Redemption, a literary defense of this genre of Rabbinic Literature. We will discuss a selection of creative interpretations from this work which we call the ‘Variations’ and will highlight the overarching poetic-literary nature of Maharal’s work and thus, his persona. A talk by Martin Kaufman.