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Visiting Scholar Warren Zev Harvey to Discuss “Rabbi Nissim of Girona on the Constitutional Power of the Sovereign” on Oct. 21

The Yeshiva University Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization (CJL) at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law will present their Annual Ivan Meyer Lecture in Jewish Law on Thursday, October 21 at 6 p.m. in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, 55 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street, New York City. Professor Warren Zev Harvey, the Ivan Meyer Visiting Scholar in Comparative Jewish Law at Cardozo, will discuss “Rabbi Nissim of Girona on the Constitutional Power of the Sovereign.”

Professor Harvey is a professor in the Department of Jewish Thought at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of many studies on medieval and modern Jewish philosophy, including Physics and Metaphysics in Hasdai Crescas. Professor Harvey’s research has focused, among other things, on the influence of Greek and Roman philosophy upon the rabbis, the connection between poetry and philosophy in the works of Solomon ibn Gabirol and Judah Halevi, the Maimonidean elements in the teachings of Moses Mendelsohn and Solomon Maimon and the land of Israel in Jewish philosophy.

Professor Harvey received his PhD in philosophy from Columbia University and has held visiting appointments at various universities, including Yale, McGill University, Georgetown University and the University of Pennsylvania. He received the prestigious EMET Prize in Humanities in 2009.

The lecture is named for the late Dr. Ivan Isaak Meyer, who practiced law in Germany and New York City and was a generous supporter of Jewish education in the New York area. Admission is free and open to the public. To register online visitwww.cardozo.yu.edu/cjl/registration or call 212-790-0258. For more information on The Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization visit www.cardozo.yu/edu/cjl.