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Jewish Atheists in Foxholes?

Existential Beliefs and How War Feels

Stacey Gutkowski

about authority or suspended judgement which emerged in the first century AD through the Greek philosopher Philo and later Elisha Ben Abuyah in the Talmud. From the 18th century Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment), expressions of scepticism became less ambiguous. A 19th century culture of scientific

Reza Barmaki

takes place by chance and everything is directed by God: ‘From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth’ (Ps. 33:14). 7 This idea is expressed in the Talmud as: ‘Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, “Grow!” ’ 8 Talmudic rabbis have

Reza Barmaki

:8). Emotional abuse—taunting, humiliating, etc.—is also treated as torture. Harmful effects of emotional abuse are pointed to by the biblical story of Hannah who was childless and was taunted because of it ( i Samuel 1:6–7). The Talmud instructs that ‘Whoever shames his neighbour in public, it is as if he shed

Douglas Pratt

of Diane Winston: ‘Teach Your Children Well: Closing Observations on Con- structing Religious Identity in the Next Generation’ (pp. 264–74). She closes her critical review and discussion with a Talmudic anecdote that reminds us that we must live with hope . . . the hope that we can learn across reli

David Ford

Public Th eology 1 (2007) 63–81 71 discovered that the text scholars knew their scriptures and Talmud, but often had little engagement with modern thought, while the philosophers were mod- ern thinkers who had not studied the classic texts of their tradition. So they came together to study texts from

Melissa Raphael

biological transition: young women entering physical maturity and women passing from relative youth into middle and late middle age. Jewish tradition is well placed to address this ethical problem. As Moshe Halbertal and Avishai Margalit point out, the Talmudic tractate Avodah Zarah (‘Idolatry’) includes

Hanan A. Alexander

from me into my realm of responsibility. These three conditions—freedom, intelligence, and fallibility—form the basis of what I have called moral agency which is necessary for diverse public discourse. 32 And they lie at the heart of the alternative offered by the Talmudic sages to the crisis of

Pauline Kollontai

, raising essential questions about the use and abuse of power. The argument is developed by drawing on texts from the Torah, Talmud, other Rabbinic sources and contemporary Jewish writings. Barmaki’s article reminds us that suffering and loss of life are violations of one of the central tenants of Jewish

Bob Plant

–153). 23) Levinas, ‘Ethics of the Infinite’, p. 57; Levinas, Is It Righteous to Be? , pp. 50–1, 115–16, 165–8 and 193–4. 24) Levinas, Otherwise Th an Being or Beyond Essence , pp. 158–9 and 161; Emmanuel Levinas, Nine Talmudic Readings , trans. A. Aronowicz (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana Univer

James Haire

, Talmud and the Rabbi. In Islam, there is a parallel emphasis on the Qūran, Sharī ʾ ah and the Faqīh. Th e Interaction of Cyclic and Word Cultures So Christianity succeeded in operating in two cultural modes; the cyclic and agricultural mode on the one hand, and the word and trade mode on the other