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Sunday, January 20 • 10:15am - 11:30am
Divine Providence vs. Free Will

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The belief in our ability to choose of our own free will, that our actions are of consequence, is a central tenant of Judaism. While at the same time the belief in Divine Providence, that G-d is invested in creation and is guiding it, is a central tenant as well. How do we reconcile this paradox? In this presentation we will explore various opinions from Maimonides, the Kabbalists, the Bal Shemtov and others, defining the Jewish perspectives on Divine Providence and free will and attempt to reconcile this apparant paradox. We will conclude with a thought provoking and inspiring response that is especially relevant to our daily lives and its challenges.

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Shnai Levitin

Shnai Levitin was born and raised in Seattle and left for Yeshiva at age 14. After spending some time studying in Detroit, New York, and Israel, he then received his rabbinic ordination in Israel. He moved back to Seattle three years ago with his wife and children to establish Chabad... Read More →

Sunday January 20, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am PST