9780742546066

An Introduction to Modern Jewish Thinkers

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    9780742546066

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    0742546063

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-02-28
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
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Summary

Highlighting well-known Jewish thinkers from a very wide spectrum of opinion the author addresses a range of issues including: What makes a thinker Jewish? What makes modern Jewish thought modern? How have secular Jews integrated Jewish traditional thought with agnosticism? What do Orthodox thinkers have to teach non-Orthodox Jews and vice versa?

Author Biography

Alan T. Levenson teaches Jewish history and thought at Siegal College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
PART I: MODERN JUDAISM: ATTACK AND DEFENSE 1(66)
1 Baruch Spinoza's Critique of Traditional Religion
5(20)
Spinoza's Life and Times (1632-1677)
5(5)
Questions for Spinoza, Theological-Political Treatise, Chapters 12-13
10(1)
Studies by and about Spinoza
11(1)
From Theological-Political Treatise
12(13)
2 Moses Mendelssohn's Defense of Judaism: Between Reason and Revelation
25(16)
Mendelssohn's Life and Times (1729-1786)
25(7)
Questions for Mendelssohn, Jerusalem, 103-10
32(1)
Studies by and about Mendelssohn
33(1)
From Jerusalem
33(8)
3 Samson Raphael Hirsch's Defense of Judaism: The Reconciliation of Modernity and the Mitzvot
41(12)
Hirsch's Life and Times (1808-1888)
41(6)
Questions for Hirsch, The Nineteen Letters on Judaism, Letter 16
47(1)
Studies by and about Hirsch
48(1)
From The Nineteen Letters on. Judaism
49(4)
4 Abraham Geiger's Defense of Judaism: Continuity and Change
53(14)
Geiger's Life and Times (1810-1874)
53(5)
Questions for Geiger, Judaism and Its History
58(1)
Studies by and about Geiger
59(1)
From Abraham Geiger and Liberal Judaism: The Challenge of the Nineteenth Century
60(7)
PART II: RECOVERING TRADITION FOR THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE COMMUNITY 67(156)
5 Martin Buber: Restoring the Jewish Individual
73(16)
Buber's Life and Times (1878-1965)
73(7)
Questions for Buber, "People Today and the Jewish Bible"
80(1)
Studies by and about Buber
81(1)
From "People Today and the Jewish Bible"
82(7)
6 Franz Rosenzweig: From Alienated Existentialist to Ba'al Teshuvah
89(14)
Rosenzweig's Life and Times (1886-1929)
89(5)
Questions for Rosenzweig, The Star of Redemption, 413-17
94(1)
Studies by and about Rosenzweig
95(1)
From The Star of Redemption
96(7)
7 Theodor Herzl: A Jewish Modernist from Western Europe
103(14)
Herzl's Life and Times (1860-1904)
103(7)
Questions for Herzl, The Jewish State
110(1)
Studies by and about Herzl
111(1)
From The Jewish State
111(6)
8 Ahad Ha'am (Asher Zvi Ginzberg): A Jewish Modernist from Eastern Europe
117(16)
Ahad Ha'am's Life and Times (1856-1927)
117(6)
Questions for Ahad Ha'am, "Flesh and Spirit," 146-58 (from Leon Simon, Selected Essays of Ahad Ha'am)
123(1)
Studies by and about Ahad Ha'am
124(1)
From "Flesh and Spirit"
124(9)
9 Mordecai Kaplan: A Secularist (Re)Constructs Religion
133(26)
Kaplan's Life and Times (1881-1983)
133(6)
Questions for Kaplan, "Functional Method of Interpretation," (from Judaism as a Civilization, 385-405)
139(1)
Studies by and about Kaplan
140(1)
From Judaism as a Civilization
141(18)
PART III: RECOVERING KEDUSHAH (THE SACRED)IN A PROFANE AGE
159(64)
10 Israel Salanter: Restoring "Fear of Heaven" to Human Behavior
165(18)
Salanter's Life and Times (1810-1883)
165(5)
Questions for Salanter, "Epistle of Musar"
170(1)
Studies by and about Salanter
171(1)
From "Epistle of Musar"
171(12)
11 Abraham Isaac Kook: Mysticism and Nationalism
183(14)
Kook's Life and Times (1865-1935)
183(7)
Questions for Kook, Lights for Rebirth (from Hertzberg, The Zionist Idea, 419-30)
190(1)
Studies by and about Kook
190(1)
From Lights for Rebirth
191(6)
12 Joseph Soloveitchik: Halachah and Existentialism
197(12)
Soloveitchik's Life and Times (1903-1993)
197(5)
Questions for Soloveitchik, The Lonely Man of Faith
202(1)
Studies by and about Soloveitchik
202(1)
From The Lonely Man of Faith
203(6)
13 Abraham Joshua Heschel: Universal Hasidism
209(14)
Heschel's Life and Times (1907-1972)
209(7)
Questions for Heschel, "Depth Theology," (from The Insecurity of Freedom)
216(1)
Studies by and about Heschel
216(1)
From "Depth Theology"
217(6)
Conclusion: Mending the World/Mending Israel 223(8)
Index 231(6)
About the Author 237

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