What happens when poverty leads a Jew to sell himself into idolatrous service? Rabbi Greenberg examine the Jewish laws around this tragic case according to Maimonides' Mishneh Torah. We'll explore the disputes between Rambam and Tosafot on whether intent matters if the outcome further distances someone from Judaism. Can we redeem those who stray far from the path? How do we balance justice and mercy?
This in-depth look at Jewish ethics reveals timeless wisdom for our lives today. Join me as we delve into the mind of Maimonides, one of history's greatest rabbis. Gain fresh perspective on assimilation, excommunication, repentance, and our duties to those who lose their way.