Love and Terror in the God Encounter: The Theological Legacy of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Volume 1
The intellectual legacy of one of the twentieth century's greatest religious thinkers--explained by a leading theologian of our day.
"It is only through experiencing the contradictions in human existence, through being overwhelmed by the divine presence, through the finite human being feeling terror-stricken by the infinite majesty of God that one can develop an authentic religious personality."
Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (1903-1993) profoundly influenced modern Orthodox Judaism in the United States--and Judaism as a whole--by opening up a discourse between the tradition of Torah study and Western philosophical thought. The future of both religious Zionism in Israel and of Orthodoxy in America hangs to a great extent on how we interpret his intellectual legacy. Dr. David Hartman's penetrating analysis of Rabbi Soloveitchik's work reveals a Judaism committed to intellectual courage, integrity and openness.
A renowned theologian and philosopher, Hartman meticulously explores the subtlety and complexity of Rabbi Soloveitchik's theological thought, exposing a surprising intersection of halakhic tradition and modern Western theology--a confrontation that deepens and expands our spiritual understanding. Hartman's provocative interpretation bears witness to the legitimacy of remaining loyal to the Judaic tradition without sacrificing one's intellectual freedom and honesty.
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(Rosh Ha- Shanah liturgy) God' s relational bond to and loving concern for the
people Israel were no longer to be judged by Israel's current condition in history.
Despite exile and powerlessness, Israel was still God's elect and the recipient of
he cried out. "Happy are you that you see me thus," he retorted, "for if you did not
see me in such a state, you would not find me thus [learned]." (b. Shabbat 33b)
This story beautifully describes the contrast between the concern with this-worldly
Like the prophetic community that was its antecedent, the prayer community is
one of empathy, concern, and love. Covenantal man does not only pray for
himself; he is not trapped in his own ego, because what fundamentally
characterizes his ...
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Rabbi J.B. Soloveitchik (1903-93), known as "the Rav," was the most prominent leader of modern Orthodox Judaism. Traditional Judaism was the basis of his education, and, upon arriving in the United ... Read full review
a THE HALAKHIC HERO
THE RELIGIOUS PASSION OF HALAKHIC MAN
THE LONELY MAN OF FAITH
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