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 the previous chapter, it was shown that halakhic man's spiritual life is nurtured
by two central features of the Judaic tradition. One is the mitzvot, the practical
commandments through which God is mediated and revealed to the community.
(1983: 37-38) R. Soloveitchik is aware of elements in the Judaic tradition that
speak of eternal life and the soul's immortality, but he refuses to place these
beliefs and concerns at the center of halakhic man's religious consciousness.
In contrast to what I assumed in my book A Living Covenant, where I treated R.
Soloveitchik's "The Lonely Man of Faith" as a purely Judaic type, I now believe
that "The Lonely Man of Faith" is not a phenomenology of the Judaic experience
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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
THE HALAKHIC HERO
THE RELIGIOUS PASSION OF HALAKHIC MAN
THE LONELY MAN OF FAITH
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