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Author: Jacob Neusner

Judaisms or Judaic religious systems? Gold argues systematically with three books, On Judaism by Emanuel Feldman, Choose Life by Ezriel Tauber, and Living up . . . to the Truth by Dovid Gottlieb. He pays particular attention to Gottlieb, “because he claims that the literal truth of the Torah can be proven

In: Review of Rabbinic Judaism

, “they would hardly have under- stood each other” (p. 85). The two were separated by religious iden- tity ( Jew and Christian), by profoundly di V erent cultural situations (Kotzk and Copenhagen), and by fundamentally incongruous styles of life: the Kotzker “lived the life of a holy man” (p. 240

In: Review of Rabbinic Judaism
Author: Jacob Neusner

centuries of the Common Era witnessed the Christians’ realization of their faith in martyrdom a s self-sacri fi ce in the fl esh. Chilton reviews the literature of martyrdom and the theology that emerged from it. The Islamic Aqedah “is a living tradition that pushes past the lim- itations of any single text

In: Review of Rabbinic Judaism

interrelationship between Israeli academia and cultural life and society. In fact, this discussion has wider implica- tions than merely raising the problems of Judaic Studies in Israel. Accordingly, it is presented out of a deep sense of urgency, which makes it difficult to avoid using language that has a tone of

In: Review of Rabbinic Judaism
Author: Allen Lipson

textual analysis and prepare the ground for further research. Crucially, the sources portray Torah scrolls as simultaneously constrained by and set apart from the ordinary rules of commerce. The Torah scroll’s place of supreme honor in rabbinic life resulted from a carefully crafted set of decisions

In: Review of Rabbinic Judaism
Author: Evan Zuesse

with a sympathetic but also critical balance, in an unpretentious style, clearly re ecting a life-time of reading and re ection on Niebuhr’s own religious tra- dition and his dialogues with other Christian theologians. One does not have to share the author’s religion or theoretical assumptions, nor

In: Review of Rabbinic Judaism
Author: David Shatz

, that the over-examined life is not worth living. A worthwhile life will involve logical leaps, or else purpose and meaning will be lost. This argument is not anti -philosophical. Rather, it represents a type of philosophical argument that enjoys currency among philosophers today. 19 Fox’s familiarity

In: Review of Rabbinic Judaism

marriage. What motivates individual men or women to enter into levirate marriage or to eschew it in favor of halitzah ? Is the Babli aware of a reluctance on the part of men or women to enter into levirate marriage and, if so, how does it respond to such reluctance? Do the Babli's rules and cases respond

In: Review of Rabbinic Judaism

alleged theological presuppositions that Village Life (Manchester, 1957), who writes: "A society continually threatened with disintegration is continually performing reintegrative ritual" (p. 303). In a sense, it is argued here, sacrifices are such reintegrative rituals. Turner adds an interesting aspect

In: Review of Rabbinic Judaism
Author: Jonathan Crane

behind the because clause “for the sake of peace.” What emerges is that while a universalist sentiment may be operational, it is by no means the only one motivating the construction and trans- mission of—and ultimate obedience to—these laws of intimate inter- religious interactions. RRJ 10,2_f2

In: Review of Rabbinic Judaism