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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The answer, R Soloveitchik suggests, lies in halakhic man's theoretical passion.
Halakhic man yearns to understand Torah for its own sake, Torah li-shemah. A
yeshivah student studies halakhah simply because it is an extension of God's
Halakhic man, therefore, never bifurcates moral passion from the life of ritual and
worship. Endless arguments over ritual or ethics, as defining the essence of
religious life, are totally alien to R Soloveitchik's halakhic man. Homo religiosus,
For Maimonides, intellectual reflection and knowledge of God in nature — the
universal ground for love and awe of God — nurture a theocentric passion. For R
Soloveitchik, the universal existential features of the human condition — the
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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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