Heidi Ravven
Professor of Religious Studies Heidi Ravven recently presented an invited paper at the annual meeting of the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) in Chicago.

She discussed “Love and Love: From Maimonides to Spinoza” as a member of a panel on “Psychology and Ethics in the Maimonides Tradition.” The paper showed the ways in which Spinoza was inspired by his predecessor Moses Maimonides, but also where and how their views differed.

Chaired by Daniel Lasker, professor emeritus at Ben Gurion University of the Negev and the first Jewish Studies professor at Kirkland College, the panel brought together former students of Professor Alexander Altmann of Brandeis University.

All three of Ravven’s degrees — bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate — were earned at Brandeis. She said it was the first time in nearly 50 years that this group had come together and “it was moving to feel the ways in which the inspiration of Professor Altmann had come to fruition in each of us, shaping our lives.”

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