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Monday, June 10 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Moses and monotheism - a Jewish Freudian slip

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“To deny a people the man whom it praises as the greatest of its sons is not a deed to be undertaken lightheartedly ... especially by one belonging to that people” - Sigmund Freud, Moses and Monotheism. In his final book, Freud argues that Moses was an Egyptian monotheist nobleman who led only his close followers into freedom. Once in the wilderness, they murdered him before merging with another monotheistic tribe to become the Israelites. After examining some of Freud’s ideas, we will attempt to answer various questions, including some from the audience. For example: Does it matter whether our stories are true or not? Does the delegitimisation of Moses delegitimise Judaism itself?

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Daniel Barnett

Daniel Barnett holds a BSocSci and LLB from the University of Cape Town, is an Advocate of the High Court and works in the metals business in Johannesburg. He was Rosh Machaneh of Habonim Dror and has spent many years navigating Jewish politics. He serves as Co-Chair of Limmud Johannesburg... Read More →

Monday June 10, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm AEST
Engineering Building Room 102