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Author Ellenson, David Harry, 1947- author

Title Jewish meaning in a world of choice : studies in tradition and modernity / David Ellenson
Published Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press ; Philadelphia : Jewish Publication Society, [2014]
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Series JPS scholar of distinction series
JPS scholar of distinction series
Contents Part 1: Shaping Jewish life in an open society -- A response by Modern Orthodoxy to Jewish religious pluralism: The case of Esriel Hildesheimer -- German Orthodox Rabbinical writings on the Jewish textual education of Women: The views of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch and Rabbi Esriel Hildesheimer -- Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch to Lipman Phillip Prins of Amsterdam: An 1873 Responsum on education -- An ideology for the liberal Jewish Day School: A philosophical -sociological investigation -- Denominationalism: History and hopes -- Integrity of reform within Kelal Yisra-el -- Part 2: Searching for a balanced theology -- A theology of fear: The search for a Liberal Jewish Paradigm -- Eugene B. Borowitz: A tribute on the occasion of his 70th birthday -- Heschel and the roots of Kavanah: Responsibility and Kavanah in postwar America -- Rabbi Hayim David Halevia on Christians and Christianity: An analysis of selected legal writings of an Israeli authority -- Interreligious learning and the formation of Jewish religious identity -- A Zionist reading of Abraham Geiger and His Biblical sholarship -- National sovereignty, Jewish identity, and the "Sake of Heaven": the impact of residence in Israel on Halakhic Rulings on conversion -- The Talmudic Principle "If one comes forth to slay you, Forestall by slaying him" in Israeli Public Policy: A responsum by Rabbi Hayim David Halevi -- The Rock from which they were cleft: A review-essay on Haim Amsalem's Zera Yisrael and Mekor Yisrael -- Moshe Zemer's Halakhan Shefuya: An Israeli vision of reform and Halakhah -- Reform Zionism today: A consideration of first principles -- Part 4: Rabbis and the Rabbinate: Lezakot et Harabim -- Wissenschaft des Judentums, historical consciousness, and Jewish Faith: The diverse paths of Frankel, Auerback, and Halevy -- "Creative misreadings" in representative post-emancipation Halakhic writings on conversion and intermarriage -- A portrait of the Poseq as modern religious leader: An analysis of selected writings of Rabbi Hayim david Halevi -- Rabbi Eliezer Berkovits on conversion: An inclusive Orthodox approach -- Transformation of the Rabbinate: Future directions and prospects
Summary "Internationally recognized scholar David Ellenson shares twenty-three of his most representative essays, drawing on three decades of scholarship and demonstrating the consistency of the intellectual-religious interests that have animated him throughout his lifetime. These essays center on a description and examination of the complex push and pull between Jewish tradition and Western culture. Ellenson addresses gender equality, women's rights, conversion, issues relating to who is a Jew, the future of the rabbinate, Jewish day schools, and other emerging trends in American Jewish life. As an outspoken advocate for a strong Israel that is faithful to the democratic and Jewish values that informed its founders, he also writes about religious tolerance and pluralism in the Jewish state. The former president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the primary seminary of the Reform movement, Ellenson is widely respected for his vision of advancing Jewish unity and of preparing leadership for a contemporary Judaism that balances tradition with the demands of a changing world. Scholars and students of Jewish religious thought, ethics, and modern Jewish history will welcome this erudite collection by one of today's great Jewish leaders"-- Provided by publisher
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Subject Judaism -- United States -- 21st century
Reform Judaism
Orthodox Judaism -- Relations -- Nontraditional Jews
RELIGION -- Judaism -- General.
RELIGION -- Essays.
Orthodox Judaism.
Interfaith relations -- Nontraditional Jews.
Reform Judaism.
Orthodoxes Judentum
United States.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780827611825 (electronic bk.)
082761182X (electronic bk.)
1322073120 (electronic bk.)
9781322073125 (electronic bk.)