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Rabbi Dr Samuel Lebens

Rabbi Dr Samuel Lebens is a senior research fellow in the Philosophy Department at the University of Haifa. Born in England, Rabbi Lebens holds a PhD in metaphysics and logic from the University of London. While studying, he was heavily involved in student politics and a prominent defender of Zionism on British campuses. Rabbi Lebens holds rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg and chairs the Association for the Philosophy of Judaism. He works on the philosophy of language, metaphysics and the philosophy of Judaism. If he had enough spare time, he’d like to be a playwright. Get your thinking caps on as Rabbi Dr Lebens investigates life, as (we think) we know it, at Sinai.

RABBI DR SAM LEBENS | What do you do when you find out you’re fictional?

JOHANNESBURG | SCC

Rabbi Lebens explores some provocative texts from the Polish Chassidic masters, who developed a school of thought that suggests human beings are little more than figments of G-d’s imagination. He will unpack these surprising texts in conversation with contemporary philosophies of fiction to discover the religious significance – and captivating power – of this challenging […]

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RABBI DR SAMUEL LEBENS | Faith philosophy

JOHANNESBURG | SCC

Is faith ‘unscientific’ or ‘irrational’? What can justify a life of faith and what would it mean to live one? In this session, Rabbi Lebens moves from a Midrashic account of G-d’s faith in us, to contemporary philosophies in search of a theory of faith.

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