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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Having one ' s existence allenveloped by the Halakhah gave to everyday life a
deep sense of the ongoing concern and presence of God in the community . The
more that different realms of daily life were brought within the scope of Halakhah
He desires the Torah of God , and in his Torah does he meditate day and night ” (
Ps . 1 : 2 ) What begins as the “ Torah of God ” becomes for halakhic man “ his
Torah , ” albeit not in the Kantian sense . Halakhic man is not the self - legislating
The growth of science and technology provides him with a sense of dignity . To
cope with illness , poverty , and homelessness in a mute , indifferent world gives
him a sense of worth and esteem . “ Be fruitful and multiply , replenish the earth ...
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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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