Yossi (Joseph) Turner
This article considers the various passages in Franz Rosenzweig’s Star of Redemption which give particular focus to the effective role Rosenzweig assigns to prayer with regard to the realization of divine and human love in the Star, as well as to the epistemic role of prayer in what he calls “entreating the Kingdom.” The conclusion reached is that the various passages relating to prayer in the Star of Redemption reflect a very powerful and inspiring religious vision, but that the detailed labor of systematization remains largely incomplete vis-à-vis the relationship between love and prayer in his thought.
Joseph (Yossi) Turner
This paper examines the tension between philosophy and praxis in the thought of Aaron David Gordon. Highlighting the methodical character of Gordon’s philosophical understanding of human existence in terms of “man-in-nature,” I attempt to show that while his philosophy was initially meant to influence the construction of society and culture in the Land of Israel at the beginning of the twentieth century, it is particularly relevant with regard to contemporary philosophical questions concerning Jewish and human existence in every area in which the concept of humanity plays a central role, such as education, conservation, social justice, and international relations.
The present volume takes a bold step forward by assuming that no historical period can be excluded from the interactive process between Judaism and Christianity, conscious or unconscious, as a polemical rejection or as tacit appropriation.