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For The Love Of God And People

Author : Elliot N. Dorff
ISBN : 9780827610446
Genre : Religion
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“This is obviously the most significant book of the year for Conservative Jews. But, going further, I think it is a must-read for any Jew who takes his/her relationship to Jewish law seriously.” -- Jewish Herald-Voice; “This book is a serious attempt by a serious scholar to address contemporary issues facing Conservative Jews.” -- Jewish Book World Every generation of Jews in every denomination of Judaism finds itself facing complex legal questions. The status of same-sex unions and the plight of the agunah (a woman who cannot obtain a divorce), are just two of a myriad of thorny questions Jewish legal experts grapple with today. These are not esoteric problems but issues with a profound impact on the daily happiness of countless people. How do the rabbis who draft responses to these questions reach their conclusions? What informs their decisions and their approach to Jewish law? Acclaimed writer and legal expert Elliot Dorff addresses these and other questions in this intelligent, accessible guide to the philosophy behind Jewish law. In his view, Jewish law is an expression of the love we have for God and for our fellow human beings. This theme permeates his discussion of important aspects of the law. For example, what motivates modern Jews to follow Jewish law? How does Jewish law strike the balance between continuity and change? On what grounds and under what circumstances do human beings have the authority to interpret or even change God's laws? Dorff also offers a systematic comparison of Jewish law and U.S. law, based on his course on this subject at UCLA School of Law. Whether you are a lawyer or simply interested in the philosophy behind recent rabbinic decisions, this is a book that will deepen your understanding of the Jewish legal system and its role in the modern world.

Jewish Choices Jewish Voices Social Justice

Author : Elliot N. Dorff
ISBN : 9780827611238
Genre : Human body
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Matters Of Life And Death

Author : Elliot N. Dorff
ISBN : 0827607687
Genre : Medical
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The International Society for Science and Religion has selected Matters of Life and Death as an element of the ISSR Library. The mission of the ISSR Library is "to provide a comprehensive resource for scholars, students, and interested lay readers in the area of science and the human spirit.” The incredible medical breakthroughs of today, like genetic engineering, in-vitro fertilizations, and cloning have transformed long-held beliefs on the nature of both life and death, raising difficult moral and religious questions. In Matters of Life and Death Elliot Dorff thoroughly addresses this unavoidable confluence of medical technology and Jewish law and ethics.

The Body Of Faith

Author : Michael Wyschogrod
ISBN : 1568219105
Genre : Religion
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The original edition of this book describes it as an attempt to 'develop a comprehensive understanding of traditional Judaism in conversation with contemporary philosophical and Christian thought.' This book has been praised by many as one of the most exciting and inspiring books of Jewish theology to be published in a long time.

A Philosophical History Of Love

Author : Wayne Cristaudo
ISBN : 9781412846776
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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A Philosophical History of Love explores the importance and development of love in the Western world. Wayne Cristaudo argues that love is a materializing force, a force consisting of various distinctive qualities or spirits. He argues that we cannot understand Western civilization unless we realize that, within its philosophical and religious heritage, there is a deep and profound recognition of love’s creative and redemptive power. Cristaudo explores philosophical love (the love of wisdom) and the love of God and neighbor. The history of the West is equally a history of phantasmic versions of love and the thwarting of love. Thus, the history of our hells may be seen as the history of love’s distortions and the repeated pseudo-victories of our preferences for the phantasms of love. Cristaudo argues that the catastrophes from our phantasmic loves threaten to extinguish us, forcing us repeatedly to open ourselves to new possibilities of love, to new spirits. Fusing philosophy, literature, theology, psychology, and anthropology, the volume reviews major thinkers in the field, from Plato and Freud, to Pierce, Shakespeare, and Flaubert. Cristaudo explores the major themes of love of the Church, romantic love and the return of the feminine, the conflict between familial and romantic love, love in a meaningless world and the love of evil, and the evolutionary idea of love. With Cristaudo, the reader embarks on a journey not just through time, but also through the different kinds, origins, and spirits of love.


Author : David Hartman
ISBN : 9780827609112
Genre : Philosophy
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Maimonides's total philosophy shows how the search for truth, based on logic, physics, and metaphysics, is compatible with Judaism

Christian Attitudes Toward The Jews In The Middle Ages

Author : Michael Frassetto
ISBN : 9780415978279
Genre : History
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Conflicting accounts : negotiating a Jewish space in medieval Southern Italy, c. 800-1150 CE / Patricia Skinner -- The cross, the Jews, and the destruction of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the writings of Ademar of Chabannes / Daniel F. Callahan -- A great Jewish conspiracy? : worsening Jewish-Christian relations and the destruction of the Holy Sepulcher / Phyllis G. Jestice -- Heretics and Jews in the early eleventh century : the writings of Rodulfus Glaber and Ademar of Chabannes / Michael Frassetto -- Against the enemies of Christ : the role of Count Emicho in the anti-Jewish violence of the First Crusade / Matthew Gabriele -- Abelard and Heloise on Jews and hebraica veritas / Constant J. Mews -- Reason and natural law in the disputational writings of Peter Alfonsi, Peter Abelard, and Yehuda Halevi / Alex Novikoff -- The Jews in the Golden legend / Thomas Renna -- Anti-Jewish attitudes in Anglo-Norman religious texts, twelfth and thirteenth centuries / Maureen Boulton -- Henry II, William of Newburgh, and the development of English anti-Judaism / John D. Hosler -- Jewish witness, forced conversion, and island living : John Duns Scotus on Jews and Judaism / Nancy L. Turner.

The Kiss Of God

Author : Michael Fishbane
ISBN : 0295975555
Genre : Religion
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The lines of Michael Fishbane’s book trace the spiritual face of Judaism in one of its many appearances. Fishbane explores the quest for spiritual perfection in early rabbinic sources and in Jewish philosophy and mysticism. The "kiss of God," a symbol for union with God, and the ritual practices—meditation and performance—connected with it are presented. The book identifies a persistent passion for religious perfection, expressed as the love of God unto death itself. The masters of the tradition cultivated this ideal in all periods, in diverse genres, and in different modes. Rabbinic law and midrash, medieval philosophy and mysticism, public and private ritual all contributed to its development. Rooted in the understanding that the spiritual life requires discipline, the sages set up different ladders of ascension. For some, the Law itself was the means of spiritual growth; for others, more private practices were built upon its foundation. But all agreed that the purification of desire and the perfection of the soul offered the hope of personal salvation. None denied the historical redemption of the nation.

The Cambridge Companion To Modern Jewish Philosophy

Author : Michael L. Morgan
ISBN : 9781139826778
Genre : Religion
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Modern Jewish philosophy emerged in the seventeenth century, with the impact of the new science and modern philosophy on thinkers who were reflecting upon the nature of Judaism and Jewish life. This collection of essays examines the work of several of the most important of these figures, from the seventeenth to the late-twentieth centuries, and addresses themes central to the tradition of modern Jewish philosophy: language and revelation, autonomy and authority, the problem of evil, messianism, the influence of Kant, and feminism. Included are essays on Spinoza, Mendelssohn, Cohen, Buber, Rosenzweig, Fackenheim, Soloveitchik, Strauss, and Levinas. Other thinkers discussed include Maimon, Benjamin, Derrida, Scholem, and Arendt. The sixteen original essays are written by a world-renowned group of scholars especially for this volume and give a broad and rich picture of the tradition of modern Jewish philosophy over a period of four centuries.

The Estranged Family Of Abraham S God

ISBN : 9781493157280
Genre : Reference
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The Estranged Family of Abraham's God J. Grathmore Stratus III the topic of Arab-Israeli and Christian relations often invokes strong emotions and frequent hostility. It entails extremely sensitive subject matter and cuts deep to the essence of religious beliefs, loyalties, and sometimes mortal commitments. Anyone who follows international media realizes that every family on Earth is, or somehow might be, either directly or indirectly affected by a situation that is ever expanding from the Middle East. If visiting from another planet, it might appear as though Earth was inhabited by one very large dysfunctioning family. Unlike others who have addressed this issue, J. Grathmore Stratus III does not imply what anyone should believe or what to conclude. Looking through the lens of the family microscope, J. Grathmore Stratus III provides a fresh new perspective to viewing international relations. This study presents considerations that seem to be overlooked by many authors attempting to analyze ancient rivalries that continue to shape the history of mankind. In the process, readers and listeners gain insight into their own family matters, along with hope for reconciliation.

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