A Touch of the Sacred

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-11-15
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Pub
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For the first time, Dr. Eugene B. Borowitz, the ¿dean¿ of liberal Jewish theologians,opens his heart as well as his mind as he talks about the mix of faith and doubt, of knowing and not knowing¿the elements of Jewish belief¿in an easily accessible style. In these pages, Borowitz shares with you his rich inner life which draws from both the rational and mystical Jewish thought that have inspired two generations of rabbis, cantors, and educators, and will now inspire you. With him, you will explore: ¿ Seeking the Sacred One ¿ Doing Holy Deeds ¿ Creating Sacred Community ¿ Reading Sacred Texts ¿ Learning from Holy Thinkers ¿ and much, much more¿

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Seeking the Sacred One
We Can't Talk about God but We Mustp. 3
Where Is God? Answering a Nine-Year-Oldp. 7
God and Mysteryp. 11
The Many Meanings of "God Is One"p. 15
IsOur God Experience Authentic?p. 18
The Jewish Idea(s) of Godp. 21
Relating to God: Substance or Style?p. 25
Accepting the World God Willedp. 29
Doing Holy Deeds
Being Close to Godp. 35
The Act and Art of Prayingp. 39
Moses' Prayer for Healing-and Oursp. 43
How Shall We Comfort the Mourner?p. 47
Traditional Words of Condolencep. 50
A New Phase in Jewish Pietyp. 53
The Power of Creating New Religious Customsp. 57
Fanaticism and Zealp. 61
Who is a Mentsh?p. 65
Creating Sacred Community
A Mystical Model for Leadersp. 71
How an Agnostic Community Came to Seek Spiritualityp. 74
The Appeal of Transdenominational Judaismp. 79
A Conflict over Interfaith Dialoguep. 83
How Liberal and Orthodox Jews Can Coexistp. 88
The Special Risk of Liberalizing Judaismp. 91
Catholic-Jewish Dialogue: An Autobiographical Notep. 95
The Historical Case for Interfaith Dialoguep. 99
Building a Community of "God-Fearers"p. 103
Reading Sacred Texts
Letting the Psalms Speak to Youp. 109
Reliving the Sinai Experience Each Yearp. 114
"Weighing" the Texts That Instruct Usp. 118
Putting Texts in Contextp. 122
Religious Authority in Judaismp. 126
Integrating Jewish Law and Jewish Ethicsp. 131
Jewish Decision Makingp. 135
Innovation in Judaism: Yesterday and Todayp. 139
Thinking about Holiness
Why Do We Need Theology?p. 147
Theology as an Afterthoughtp. 151
Why Historical Theology Won't Dop. 154
Jewish God-Talk's Four Criteriap. 158
The Brain-Heart Interplay in Faithp. 161
Four Ways to Understand "God Says ..."p. 165
Clarifying Some Feminist Ideasp. 168
Jewish Beliefs about Evilp. 172
The Messianic Hope Todayp. 176
Life after Deathp. 180
Learning from Holy Thinkers
Why I Am a Theologian Rather than a Philosopherp. 187
Seven People Who Shaped Modern Jewish Thoughtp. 191
Rationalist Thinkers and What They Can Teach Usp. 196
Two Misunderstood Messages of Martin Buberp. 200
Mordecai Kaplan: Ethnicity in Modern Judaismp. 204
The Greatest Contemporary Orthodox Jewish Philosopherp. 208
The Ethics "Mystery" and Abraham Joshua Heschelp. 213
Covenant Theology: An Autobiographical Notep. 218
Glossaryp. 222
Bibliography of Titles Mentioned in This Bookp. 228
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