Gate to Perfection: The Idea of Peace in Jewish Thought

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A timely book: as Israelis and Arabs are moving towards a settlement, this study offers a valuable historical dimension, from the Jewish point of view, to the main issue involved, i.e., the idea of peace. The authors maintain that peace has always played an important role in Jewish thought, that in fact Judaism as a religion is characterized by the striving for peace. They reach this conclusion after having examined a variety of sources, ranging from the biblical texts of Old Israel to the Talmudic tradition and ...

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Overview

A timely book: as Israelis and Arabs are moving towards a settlement, this study offers a valuable historical dimension, from the Jewish point of view, to the main issue involved, i.e., the idea of peace. The authors maintain that peace has always played an important role in Jewish thought, that in fact Judaism as a religion is characterized by the striving for peace. They reach this conclusion after having examined a variety of sources, ranging from the biblical texts of Old Israel to the Talmudic tradition and Jewish Philosophy of Religion up until the twentieth century.

Rabbi Professor Dr. Walter Homolka is rector of the Abraham Geiger College at Potsdam University, Germany's first rabbinical seminary since the Holocaust. He is Chairman of the Leo Baeck Foundation and an Executive Board Member of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. His publications include Leo Baeck: Teacher of Theresienstadt (1991) and Riders towards the Dawn(1993).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword: Leo Baeck in Theresienstadt
Introduction
1 Leo Baeck - Jewish Leader in a Christian Nation 1
2 The Jewish Fight for Equality 12
3 Christian Absolutism in the Crossfire of the Jewish Essence Debate 18
4 The Essence of Judaism 25
5 The Essence Debate and its Paradigmatic Significance for Jewish-Christian Relations 39
6 Judaism and Christianity between Division and Affinity 45
7 Identity between Two Poles - Leo Baeck's System of Polarity 60
8 Difference Creates Identity - Leo Baeck and Martin Luther's Thought 76
9 From Essence to Existence - Towards a Genuinely Jewish Theology 98
10 Identity and Dialogue - Conclusion on the Jewish-Christian Essence Debate 102
Epilogue: Retrieving the Rationalistic Heritage: Leo Baeck and Liberal Jewish Theology 110
Bibliography 126
Index 140
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