Elliot N. Dorff: In Search of the Good Life


Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff, the Sol and Anne Dorff Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Rector of American Jewish University in Los Angeles, is one of today’s leading Jewish ethicists. Writing extensively on the intersection of law, morality, science, religion, and medicine, Dorff offers an authoritative and non-Orthodox interpretation of Jewish law. As a leader in the Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, he has shaped the religious practices of Conservative Jews. In serving on national advisory committees and task forces, he has helped to articulate a distinctive Jewish voice on contested bioethical and biomedical issues. An analytic philosopher by training, Dorff has endorsed pluralism, arguing that Jewishness best flourishes in the context of American pluralism, and he has worked closely with non-Jews to advance religious pluralism in America.

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Hava Tirosh-Samuelson is Professor of History, Irving and Miriam Lowe Professor of Modern Judaism, and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

Aaron W. Hughes holds the Philip S. Bernstein Chair of Jewish Studies in the Department of Religion and Classics at the University of Rochester.
The Contributors
Editors’ Introduction to the Series
Elliot N. Dorff: An Intellectual Portrait Jonathan Crane
The Interaction of Judaism and Morality: Defining, Motivating, and Educating a Moral Person and Society Elliot N. Dorff
Applying Jewish Law to New Circumstances Elliot N. Dorff
Donations from Ill-Gotten Gain: A Jewish Legal Perspective Elliot N. Dorff
In Search of God Elliot N. Dorff
Interview with Elliot N. Dorff Hava Tirosh-Samuelson
Selected 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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