Duties of the Soul: The Role of Commandments in Liberal Judaism

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This outstanding anthology of 13 essays by esteemed leaders of the Reform rabbinate reexamines the role of mitzvot in liberal Judaism as viewed through philosophical, experiential, and practical contexts.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780807406533
  • Publisher: URJ Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Pages: 166
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction v
Part I What Is Mitzvah?
1. Reform Judaism and Mitzvot: A Historical Overview 3
2. Back to the Future: On Rediscovering Commandments 19
3. A Reform View of Mitzvot 28
4. Recovering the Hidden Torah: A Mystical Paradigm for Mitzvah 38
5. Beyond Autonomy and Authority: The New Dilemma of Liberal Judaism 53
6. Mitzvah and Autonomy 65
7. Mending the World and the Evil Inclination: The Human Role in Redemption 83
II Mitzvah in Our Lives
8. Brushes with the Sacred: An Experiential Approach to Mitzvah 95
9. The Four Questions of Reform Jewish Life 108
10. A Voice in the Dark: How Do We Hear God? 115
Part III Doing Mitzvot
11 Re-creating the Narrative Community, or It's Hard to Do Mitzvot by Yourself 129
12. The Command to Study 142
13. Leviat ha-Met: Honoring Our Dead 153
Notes on Contributors 165
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