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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In contrast, the taking of the lulav and the etrog — the fruit of a goodly tree —
sustains and affirms the beautiful and resplendent world, which reflects the glory
of the God who fills and encompasses all worlds. (1983: 62) Both R Soloveitchik's
To modern biblical scholars, this difference between the two stories is interesting
because it reflects the different views of two distinct authors. For R Soloveitchik, a
traditional Orthodox Jew who believes in the unitary authorship of the Bible, ...
Soloveitchik himself has chosen the latter route, arguing in "Confrontation" "the
word of faith reflects the intimate, the private, the paradoxically inexpressible
cravings of the individual for . . . his Maker. It reflects the numinous character and
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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
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