Does God Doubt? R. Gershon Henoch Leiner’s Thought in Its Contexts

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Does God Doubt? shows that Rabbi Gershon Henoch Leiner of Radzin considered God to be revealed as doubt. Thus, according to this profound and important nineteenth-century Hasidic leader, doubt is an essential aspect of the human condition, and especially of religious life. His position is shown to be remarkably bold and unique compared to kabbalistic writing, and especially to the Hasidic worlds to which he belonged. At the same time, the roots of his thought are located in earlier discussions of doubt as one of the highest parts of the divine world. Doubt about, in, and of God is part of the Hasidic contribution to modernity.

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Jonathan Garb is the Gershom Scholem Professor of Kabbalah at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His books include Yearnings of the Soul: Psychological Thought in Modern Kabbalah (2015) and A History of Kabbalah from the Early Modern Period to the Present Day (2020).
The book is of immediate relevance for universities and their libraries, as well as students (graduates and post-graduates) and interested laypeople in the following fields: Jewish Studies (esp. Kabbalah), Religious Studies, Intellectual History, Psychology, Philosophy.
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