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Dr. Micah Goodman Teaches

DEUTERONOMY:
THE LAST SPEECH OF MOSES

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    The ideas of the Book of Deuteronomy changed the world. One of Israel’s leading intellectuals delves into the theological and political lessons of Moses’s final speech.

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Meet Micah Goodman

Meet Micah Goodman

Micah Goodman is a leading voice on Judaism, Zionism, the Bible, and the challenges and opportunities facing Israel and world Jewry. He is president of Beit Midrash Yisraeli-Ein Prat, an institute where secular and religious Israeli young adults study together, and a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. Dr. Goodman lectures regularly at universities, think tanks, and cultural venues across Israel and North America. He is the author of Catch-67: The Left, the Right, and the Legacy of the Six-Day WarMaimonides and the Book that Changed Judaism, and several Israeli best-sellers on Judaism’s canonical texts, including Ha’neum Ha’acharon Shel Moshe, Moses’s Final Speech.

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01 Leaving Egypt: Power, Memory, and Leadership

In Exodus, Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. In this opening lecture, Dr. Goodman shows how in Deuteronomy, Moses seeks to take Egypt out of Israel.

  • Leaving Egypt: Power, Memory, and Leadership | 33:18

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02 Moses’s Oral Torah

Deuteronomy is not just a repetition of the Torah. It is Moses's unique interpretation of it—his own Oral Torah.

  • Moses’s Oral Torah | 33:04

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03 God’s House and the Limits of Ritual

For the Book of Deuteronomy, religious ritual is most powerful only when we understand its limits.

  • God’s House and the Limits of Ritual | 31:21

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04 Hubris and Humility

The monotheistic revolution was about more that reducing the number of gods. It was about removing magic from religion.

  • Hubris and Humility | 29:24

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05 Politics and Power

Deuteronomy presents the Torah's only laws about kingship. And, as Dr. Goodman explains, they are all about limiting his power.

  • Politics and Power | 31:39

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Explore the Hebrew Bible’s most profound teachings about power, politics, and philosophy.

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