Contemporary Orthodox Judaism's Response to Modernity

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KTAV Publishing House, Inc., 2004 - Religion - 343 pages
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Orthodox Judaism is an ideology that has a recognized niche in today's society, both secular and Jewish. However, it is often misunderstood in general or in its specifics by some of its adherents and certainly by those who do not live by its tenets. In Contemporary Orthodox Judaism's Response to Modernity, Rabbi Barry Freundel, in thirty-two relatively brief essays, summarizes Orthodox Jewish teaching on a variety of issues. These range from topics as central to the religious experience as prayer and Messiah, to those as contemporary as abortion and life on other planets. For the student, the seeker and even for those more knowledgeable this volume will provide much information, food for thought and source material to aid in understanding one of mankind's most ancient religious traditions and its continued vibrancy and relevance in the twenty-first century.
  

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Contents

God
1
The Bible
9
Halakhah the Oral Tradition and Legal Debate
28
Prophecy
40
Humankinds Place in Creation
47
Theodicy The Problem of Evil
54
Teshuvah
68
Gentiles
75
Afterlife
172
Astrology
178
Authority vs Autonomy
187
Ethics
190
Beginning of Life The New Ethical Frontier
198
End of Life Issues Transplantation Definition of Death Right to Die
211
ConversionWho Is a Jew?
222
Citizenship and the Jew
233

Israel
82
The Messiah
98
Dogmas Beliefs and Creeds
110
Shabbat and Kashrut
121
The Experience of Prayer
131
Some Additional Thoughts on Prayer
137
Tzedakah and Gemilut Hasadim
148
Mysticism
156
Miracles
164
Evolution and Life on Other Planets
242
Tobacco Drugs and Alcohol
248
Abortion
256
Women
265
Sex
281
The Holocaust
292
Sources
301
Subject Index
334
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Barry Freundel is the Rabbi of Kesher Israel, the Georgetown Synagogue, a modern Orthodox synagogue in the heart of the nation's capital. He is Assistant Professor at Baltimore Hebrew University and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law School, the University of Maryland at College Park and George Washington University. He has taught seminars on government ethics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and served on the Theological Commission of the Human Genome Project.

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