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Love and Terror in the God Encounter: The Theological Legacy of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik
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Publisher: Jewish Lights
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." --David Hartman (from Chapter 6)
Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (19031993) 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.
About the Author Dr. David Hartman, who studied with Rabbi Soloveitchik for a decade, is one of the most respected Jewish theologians in the world today. He is the founder and director of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Named after his late father, the Institute is dedicated to developing a new understanding of classical Judaism that provides moral and spiritual direction for Judaism's confrontation with modernity. Presently Professor Emeritus at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Hartman received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University's Theological Seminary in New York. A frequent lecturer in the United States, he is the author of several widely-acclaimed books, including Israelis and the Jewish Tradition (Yale); A Heart of Many Rooms: Celebrating the Many Voices within Judaism (Jewish Lights), a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award; and two winners of the National Jewish Book Award, including A Living Covenant: The Innovative Spirit in Traditional Judaism (Jewish Lights).
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