Continuity and Change: A Festschrift in Honor of Irving Greenberg's 75th Birthday

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Steven T. Katz, Steven Bayme
University Press of America, 2010 - Philosophy - 300 pages
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This collection of essays was inspired by the desire to create a suitable tribute to Dr. Irving Greenberg. Dr. Greenberg has been one of the truly major figures in the American Jewish community for the past forty years. A community activist and a theologian of distinction, he has influenced not only the practical direction of Jewish life, especially through his work with the leadership of Jewish Federations throughout the country, but also the shape of contemporary Jewish thought through his writings on the Holocaust, the State of Israel, and traditional Jewish themes. The outstanding list of authors who have contributed to this volume, writing on central issues in traditional and modern Jewish thought and history, are a testimony to Dr. Greenberg's repercussive presence and theological contribution. Those interested in the contemporary American Jewish community and the nature and shape of modern Jewish thought at the beginning of the new millennium will find this a valuable, thought-provoking addition to their libraries.
 

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Contents

Dr Irving Greenberg A Biographical Introduction
1
IntraAggadic Control of Theological Freedom A Speculation
19
Has the Holocaust Been a Turning Point in Christian Theology about Judaism?
31
Amalek Zionism and Belief in the Messiah Further Reflections on Jewish Faith and Jewish Power ...
47
Colleagues and Friends Letters between Rabbi Samuel Belkin and Rabbi William G Braude ...
63
Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Lyady as an Educator
81
The Jewish Outreach Enterprise Rhetoric and Reality
105
The Kippah Comes to America
129
Mah Tovu as a Psychological Introduction to Prayer
189
Interpreting Rabbinic Religion through the Lens of the Three Eras
203
Yavneh and Irving Greenberg Envisioning a Jewish Educational Revolution
219
The Message of the Gog Pericope Ezekiel Chapters 3839
247
The Fate of Hope in a Time of Renewed Antisemitism
253
It Is 2010 Are We One Jewish People?
267
Rebbe Israel of Kozhenitz
277
Bibliography Writings of Yitz Greenberg
293

Jewish Religious Thought and Practice during the Holocaust
151
The Murder of Jewish Children during the Holocaust
167
Contributors
297
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Steven T. Katz received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1972. He is the director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University, Boston, Mass., where he holds the Alvin J. and Shirley Slater Chair in Jewish and Holocaust Studies. His publications include Post-Holocaust Dialogues, which won the National Jewish Book Award in 1984; Historicism, the Holocaust and Zionism (1992); and the multi-volume study The Holocaust in Historical Context, of which volume one was selected as "the outstanding book in philosophy and theology" of 1994 by the American Association of University Publishers. His work on the Holocaust also includes editing two volumes about the impact of the Holocaust on Jewish thought, the most recent of which is Wrestling with God: Jewish Theological Responses During and After the Holocaust.
Stephen Bayme serves as national director of the William Petschek Contemporary Jewish Life Department of the American Jewish Committee and of its Koppelman Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations. He earned a Ph.D. in Jewish history from Columbia University, and has served as visiting associate professor of history at the Jewish Theological Seminary and adjunct professor at Yeshiva University. He has also been a faculty member of the Wexner Foundation and the Nahum Goldmann Fellowship. His publications include Understanding Jewish History: Texts and Commentary, a survey of the Jewish historical experience, and Jewish Arguments and Counter-Arguments, a volume of essays on contemporary Jewish life. He frequently contributes to both scholarly publications and popular organs of opinion.

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