Revered by many as a pivotal figure in modern religious philosophy yet reviled by his contemporaries in the Jewish community of Amsterdam, Baruch Spinoza was placed in herem (excommunication) in 1666 for his public pronouncements challenging religious doctrine. Part of the Jewish Biography as History lecture series by Dr. Henry Abramson.
I really enjoyed the Spinoza lecture, Hillel. It’s too good not to share so I’m sending it to some friends I know will really like it also. Thank you for the enlightenment and the jokes that keep the enlightenment light.
Thank you as always, Bev! Nice to know that you access the videos online even though your attendance in person is pretty much perfect!
Its interesting to see that Baruch Spinoza was viewed as a heretic without having published anything.
A small (?) improvement: Spinoza’s Cherem was in 1656 (not 1666).
I think its very sad that ends for he in that way !
It doesn’t look that he don’t have jewish faith.
It must be very hard for him.