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Judaism and the Challenges of Modern Life (The Kogod Library of Judaic Studies) [Paperback]

By Moshe Halbertal (Editor) & Donniel Hartman (Editor)
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Much more than a particular period in world history, modernity has fundamentally transformed how we think and live, and especially how we understand and relate to religious traditions. As the 'ghetto walls' have fallen, both empirically and metaphorically, Judaism is compelled to compete in an open marketplace of ideas. Jews can no longer count on an assumedly necessary Jewish identity or commitment, nor on the rallying force of anti-Semitism to ensure an individual and collective sense of belonging. Rather Jewish moral, spiritual and historical values and ideas must be read with new eyes and challenged to address modernity's proliferating array of questions and realities. The pertinent questions modern Jewry faces are how to embrace modernity as Jews and what such an embrace means for the meaning and future of Jewish life. This collection of essays, authored by scholars of the Shalom Hartman Institute, addresses three critical challenges posed to Judaism by modernity: the challenge of ideas, the challenge of diversity, and the challenge of statehood, and provides insights and ideas for the future direction of Judaism. Providing readers with new insights into Judaism and the Jewish people in contemporary times, the collection explores a wide range of issues that includes: the significance of Israel for the future of Judaism; the Jewish people as a people; the relationship between monotheism and violence; revelation and ethics; Judaism and the feminist challenge; and Judaism and homosexuality.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Continuum
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.14" Width: 6.58" Height: 0.65"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 11, 2007
Publisher   Continuum International Publishing Group
ISBN  0826496687  
ISBN13  9780826496683  

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More About Moshe Halbertal & Donniel Hartman

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Moshe Halbertal is the Gruss Professor of Law at New York University, the John and Golda Cohen Professor of Jewish Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and professor of law at IDC Herzliya in Israel. His books include Maimonides: Life and Thought (Princeton), which won the National Jewish Book Award. Stephen Holmes is the Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law at New York University. His books include The Matador's Cape: America's Reckless Response to Terror.

Moshe Halbertal has an academic affiliation as follows - The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Moshe Halbertal has published or released items in the following series...
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