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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R . Soloveitchik comments , The Holy One , Blessed be He , has , as it were ,
stripped Himself of His ornaments - i . e . , His dominion - and has handed it over
to Israel , to the earthly court . The earthly court decrees , and the Holy One ,
Return them an answer , ” bade the Holy One , blessed be He , to Moses . . . . He [
then ] spake before Him , " Sovereign of the Universe ! The Torah which Thou
givest me , what is written therein ? I am the Lord thy God , which brought thee
The mood of self - negation and terror acquires even greater intensity as the
worshiper pronounces the third and last of the benedictions of praise : “ Thou art
holy and Thy name is holy , and holy ones praise Thee every day . Blessed art
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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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