An Introduction to Modern Jewish Thinkers: From Spinoza to Soloveitchik

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2006 - Religion - 237 pages
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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? Each chapter includes a short, judiciously chosen selection from the given author, along with questions to guide the reader through the material. Short biographical essays at the end of each chapter offer the reader recommendations for further readings and provide the low-down on which books are worth the reader's while. Introduction to Modern Jewish Thinkers represents a decade of the author's experience teaching students ranging from undergraduate age to their seventies. This is an ideal textbook for undergraduate classes.
 

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Contents

Baruch Spinozas Critique of Traditional Religion
5
Questions for Spinoza TheologicalPolitical Treatise Chapters 1213
10
Studies By and About Spinoza
11
From TheologicalPolitical Treatise Baruch Spinoza
12
Moses Mendelssohns Defense of Judaism Between Reason and Revelation
25
Questions for Mendelssohn Jerusalem 10310
32
Studies By and About Mendelssohn
33
Samson Raphael Hirschs Defense of Judaism The Reconciliation of Modernity and the Mitzvot
41
Studies By and About Herzl
111
Ahad Haam Asher Zvi Ginzberg A Jewish Modernist from Eastern Europe
117
Questions for Ahad Haam Flesh and Spirit 14658 From Leon Simon Selected Essays of Ahad Haam
123
Studies By and About Ahad Haam
124
Mordecai Kaplan A Secularist ReConstructs Religion
133
Questions for Kaplan Functional Method of Interpretation From Judaism as a Civilizatio 385405
139
Studies By and About Kaplan
140
From Judaism as a Civilization Mordecai Kaplan
141

Questions for Hirsch The Nineteen Letters on Judaism Letter 16
47
Studies By and About Hirsch
48
From The Nineteen Letters on Judaism Samson Raphael Hirsch
49
Abraham Geigers Defense of Judaism Continuity and Change
53
Questions for Geiger Judaism and Its History
58
Studies By and About Geiger
59
The Challenge of the Nineteenth Century
60
Recovering Tradition for the Individual and the Community
67
Martin Buber Restoring the Jewish Individual
73
Questions for Buber People Today and the Jewish Bible
80
Studies By and About Buber
81
From People Today and the Jewish Bible
82
Franz Rosenzweig From Alienated Existentialist to Baal Teshuvah
89
Questions for Rosenzweig The Star of Redemption 41317
94
Studies by and About Rosenweig
95
From The Star of Redemption Franz Rosenzweig
96
Theodor Herzl A Jewish Modernist from Western Europe
103
Questions for Herzl the Jewish State
110
Recovering Kedushah The Sacred In a Profane Age
159
Israel Salanter Restoring Fear of Heaven to Human Behavior
165
Questions for Salanter Epistle of Musar
170
Studies By and About Salanter
171
Abraham Isaac Kook Mysticism and Nationalism
183
Questions for Kook Lights for Rebirth From Hertzberg the Zionist Idea 41930
190
From Lights for Rebirth Abraham Isaac Kook
191
Joseph Soloveitchik Halachah and Existentialism
197
Questions for Soloveitchik the Lonely Man of Faith
202
From The Lonely Man of Faith Joseph Soloveitchik
203
Abraham Joshua Heschel Universal Hasidism
209
Questions for Heschel Depth Theology From the Insecurity of Freedom
216
From Depth Theology
217
Mending the World I Mending Israel
223
Index
231
About the Author
237
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Dr. Alan Levenson teaches Jewish history and thought at Siegal College.

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