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By Arthur A. Cohen, Paul Mendes-Flohr

ISBN-10: 0827608926

ISBN-13: 9780827608924

JPS is proud to reissue Cohen and Mendes-Flohr’s vintage paintings, possibly crucial, finished anthology on hand on twentieth century Jewish idea. This extraordinary quantity provides one hundred forty concise but authoritative essays by means of well known Jewish figures Eugene Borowitz, Emil Fackenheim, Blu Greenberg, Susannah Heschel, Jacob Neusner, Gershom Scholem, Adin Steinsaltz, and so on. They outline and replicate upon such relevant principles as charity, selected humans, loss of life, family members, love, fable, pain, Torah, culture and extra. With entries from Aesthetics to Zionism, this e-book presents notable insights into either the Jewish adventure and the Judeo-Christian culture.

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Is it a free act of will? Is it somehow necessary and binding? On this point rests the entire question of the obligatory character of Jewish law as it has been transmitted through the generations. We will concentrate on this point and examine it from the differing perspectives of three medieval interpreters of rabbinic thought, Maimonides, Nal)manides, and the Zohar. " As a simple statement of fact, indeed an obvious one to anyone who had experienced the Exodus from Egypt, it seems superfluous.

What could never be conceded, however, was that Judaism after the coming of Christ was a living, developing religion with its own vital principles. Consequently, postChristian developments in Judaism, that is, the Mishnah, the Talmud, and later classics, were regarded as inadmissible and "heretical," since they were based on the premise that the Jewish rejection of the messiahship of Jesus was not an error. This explains the numerous attempts made by Christians in the Middle Ages and later to outlaw and obliterate the Talmud.

Against the kofrim be'ikkar, Maimonides sets the kofrim ba-Torah, who deny the Torah (MT Teshuvah 3:8). Maimonides does not distinguish with sufficient clarity this latter type of kofrim from apikorsim, whose name derives from the philosopher Epicurus. Indeed, in the locus indicated, he treats them together. The kofer ba-Torah denies that the Torah as we have it, both written and oral, originates from God in its totality. The apikores denies, among other things, the very pOSSibility of prophecy in general and the veracity of Moses' prophecy in particular.

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