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The Binding of Isaac, Religious Murders & Kabbalah: Seeds of Jewish Extremism and Alienation? [Hardcover]

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In a series of evocative, groundbreaking articles, the author analyzes the Biblical and Rabbinic basis for what surely are now some of the most hotly debated topics in Jewish religious thought today. These include how the traditional interpretation of the Binding of Isaac has been misapplied in both Christian theology and Jewish martyrology, and how the centuries-long, and newly resurgent belief in mysticism and messianism, in kabbalah and Hasidism, has distorted classical Judaism and thwarted its national and cultural development. The author counters the arguments of those who see Judaism's -- and the world's -- newfound obsession with mysticism and kabbalah as a natural outgrowth of a progressive trend within rabbinic Judaism, and warns of the impending danger of rejecting the very core of Jewish thought and opinion as it was expounded in the Torah and classical Jewish tradition (the Oral Law).

Each section of this magnificent work will give the reader new insights into how different aspects of Judaism have evolved and why they have often been in contention with each other.

Nor is he afraid to deal with some of the supercharged issues within Judaism, such as, what are the underlying premises of Jewry's claim to the Divinely Promised Land? And has this claim been affected by its failure to pursue an active program of nationalism?

These highly acclaimed articles have been gleaned from today's leading Jewish journals and have stood the test of time. They contain valuable source material and are a ready reference to the many historical and religious topics that are the focus of discussion across all main Jewish denominations.

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Pages   463
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.5"
Weight:   1.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 10, 2005
Publisher   Devora Publishing
ISBN  1932687521  
ISBN13  9781932687521  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lippman Bodoff served as Associate Editor of "Judaism" magazine and has published more than 30 articles in numerous journals of Jewish thought, including "Midstream," "Tradition," "The Edah Journal," "Bible Review" and others.

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3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Judaism > Sacred Writings > Cabala

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A Very Readable Scholarly Work  Jun 7, 2006
Lippman Bodoff has succeeded in condensing a lifetime of scholarship and innovative thinking into a highly readable 463 pages of insights into current Jewish thought and practice. In seven chapters replete with extensive footnotes that evoke comparisons with the more lucid Biblical commentators, his topics range from the Akeda to History, Mysticism, Literature, Science, and Music.

Whether the subject is common misreadings of Abraham's true intentions when he bound his son on the altar, the origins of mysticism and Kabbalah, or the authenticity of newer forms of cantorial expression in synagogue music, a central theme of the book is that, over the years, leading streams of Judaism took a wrong turn. Instead of continuing involvement with the rational, cultural, classical interest with everything that God has given us, powerful historic factors influenced Jewish leaders to turn inward and develop a rigid, insular, and kabbalistic world view which can stifle creativity and a continuing religious interest in making the world a better place for all people. Tensions deriving from this historic turn are still with us today, and Bodoff shows how the different approaches taken by Haredi and Modern Orthodox Jews can be traced to the history of the 13th to 16th centuries.

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