20th Century Jewish Religious Thought

JPS has reissued Cohen and Mendes-Flohr’s vintage paintings, possibly crucial, complete anthology to be had on twentieth century Jewish inspiration. This amazing quantity offers a hundred and forty concise but authoritative essays by means of well known Jewish figures Eugene Borowitz, Emil Fackenheim, Blu Greenberg, Susannah Heschel, Jacob Neusner, Gershom Scholem, Adin Steinsaltz, and so forth. They outline and replicate upon such valuable principles as charity, selected humans, demise, relations, love, fable, affliction, Torah, culture and extra. With entries from Aesthetics to Zionism, this booklet offers remarkable insights into either the Jewish event and the Judeo-Christian tradition.


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These two are not the root of fear nor the core of it. The fear which is the root, is that one should fear his Lord because he is the master and ruler, root and core of all worlds, and all else is insignificant before Him. (Zohar Gen. lIb). This is a classic restatement of the famous assertion in Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers): Do not be as servants who serve the master in order to receive a reward; rather be as servants who serve the master not in order to receive a reward; and let the fear of heaven be upon you.

Much authority exercised by religious figures in this manner may even be considered antireligious. True religious authority, which is grounded in true fear of heaven, must be an authority that elicits, that" compels," a religious act, an act of devotion to and love of God. As argued above, this kind of authority can derive only from the independent authority of some objective standard of truth, whether philosophical, historical, or mystical. BIBLIOGRAPHY David Hartman, Maimonides: Torah and Philosophic Quest (1976).

Bialik, II (1925), 244. BIBLIOGRAPHY l:layyim Nachman Bialik, Halachah and Aggadah, tr. Leon Simon (1944). Joseph Heinemann, Aggadot ve-Toldoteihen (1974). Max Kadushin, The Rabbinic Mind, 2d ed. (1965). M. Saperstein, Decoding the Rabbis: A Thirteenth-Century Commentary on the Aggadah (1980). Shalom Spiegel, "Introduction" to Louis Ginzberg, Legends of the Bible (1956). Anti-Judaislll and Anti-Selllitislll li,. " The term anti-Semitism was coined in the nineteenth century as a would-be scientific attempt to give a rational justification for Jew hatred when theological explanations had come to seem out of date, but the alleged biological or racial reference and the implied extension of hatred to other Semites, for example, Arabs, were never taken very seriously even by anti-Semitic theorists.

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