Why Two Covenants?

Video conversation with Leon R. Kass, Mosaic, July 2013.

When we last left Leon Kass, he was talking about the passions that “lurk in the hearts of men” and the guidance the Hebrew Bible can give us in learning how to channel them.

Now we move from the formation of the individual and the family to the founding of the nation, from the covenant with Abraham to the covenant with Moses. As Kass says, “The astonishing thing about the foundation of the Israelite nation is that they have a law and a spiritual direction before they have an economy and before they have land.”