Eugene B. Borowitz: Rethinking God and Ethics


Eugene B. Borowitz is Sigmund L. Falk Distinguished Professor of Education and Jewish Religious Thought at Hebrew Union College in New York. A rabbi, teacher of rabbis, and a theologian, Borowitz has been an important spokesperson for non-Orthodox forms of Judaism, Reform Judaism in particular. Over seven decades, Borowitz has explored the centrality of God in Jewish existence, the normative force of Jewish law, the meaning of the Covenant, the distinctiveness of Jewish life, and the meaning of Jewish personhood for non-Orthodox Jews. Adopting the language of religious existentialism, he has reflected on the relational nature of human existence, on the one hand, and human self-determination on the other.
Rethinking God and Ethics presents influential essays by Borowitz and explains his contribution to Jewish religious thought in the 20th century.

Brill mourns the death of Professor Eugene Borowitz, of blessed memory, in January 2016. The LCJP honors his valuable contribution to Jewish theology, ethics, and education.

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The Contributors
Editors’ Introduction to the Series
Eugene B. Borowitz: An Intellectual Portrait Michael L. Morgan
“Why I am a Theologian Rather Than a Philosopher” Eugene B. Borowitz
“The Jewish Need for Theology” Eugene B. Borowitz
“Through the Shadowed Valley” Eugene B. Borowitz
The Autonomous Jewish Self Eugene B. Borowitz
“Im Ba-ayt Ema -- Since You Object, Let Me Put It This Way” Eugene B. Borowitz
Interview with Eugene B. Borowitz Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Aaron W. Hughes
Select Bibliography
Available in print and electronically, the books in the Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers will be ideal for use in diverse educational settings (e.g., college-level courses, rabbinic seminaries, adult Jewish learning, and inter-religious dialogue).
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