Jewish Theology in Our Time: A New Generation Explores the Foundations and Future of Jewish Belief

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A powerful and challenging examination of what Jews believe today—by a new generation's dynamic and innovative thinkers.

At every critical juncture in Jewish history, Jews have understood a dynamic theology to be essential for a vital Jewish community. This important collection sets the next stage of Jewish theological thought, bringing together a cross section of interesting new voices from all movements in Judaism to inspire and stimulate ...

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Overview

A powerful and challenging examination of what Jews believe today—by a new generation's dynamic and innovative thinkers.

At every critical juncture in Jewish history, Jews have understood a dynamic theology to be essential for a vital Jewish community. This important collection sets the next stage of Jewish theological thought, bringing together a cross section of interesting new voices from all movements in Judaism to inspire and stimulate discussion now and in the years to come.

Provocative and wide-ranging, these invigorating and creative insights from a new generation's thought leaders provide a coherent and inspiring picture of Jewish belief in our time.

Contributors: Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, DHL • Rabbi Rachel Sabath • Beit-Halachmi, PhD • Rabbi Daniel M. Bronstein, PhD • Simon Cooper, PhD • Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove, PhD • Rabbi Jonathan Crane, PhD • Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum • Eitan Fishbane, PhD • Rabbi Jeremy Gordon • Rabbi Shai Held • Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels • Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky • Rabbi Naamah Kelman • Rabbi Asher Lopatin • Rabbi Michael Marmur, PhD • Rabbi Evan Moffic • Rabbi Leon A. Morris • Rabbi Daniel Nevins • Rabbi William Plevan • Rabbi Or N. Rose • Benjamin Sax, PhD • Marc B. Shapiro, PhD • Benjamin D. Sommer, PhD • Rabbi Eliyahu Stern

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Editorial Reviews

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"Demonstrates that there is not only a future to the Jewish theological enterprise in America but an exciting, fully realized, and challenging future. Abraham Joshua Heschel and Mordecai Kaplan would be thrilled. This book belongs on the shelf of every serious student of Jewish thought."
Rabbi Neil Gillman, PhD, Aaron Rabinowitz and Simon H. Rifkind Emeritus Professor of Jewish Philosophy, The Jewish Theological Seminary; author, Doing Jewish Theology: God, Torah and Israel in Modern Judaism

“The Jewish conversation about God has continued for thousands of years. The wonderful collection of new voices represented in [this book] enriches not only the conversation but also the reader who will discover how rich, varied, and meaningful that conversation can be.”
Rabbi Laura Geller, senior rabbi, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

“Intellectually and spiritually exhilarating. Indeed, it augurs well for the future of American Judaism.”
Paul Mendes-Flohr, PhD, professor of Jewish thought, University of Chicago Divinity School; professor emeritus, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580236300
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/1/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 626,406
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove, PhD, is rabbi at Park Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan. He received his masters of Hebrew letters from American Jewish University, studied at the Schechter Institute of Judaic Studies in Jerusalem, and was ordained at The Jewish Theological Seminary. He received his doctorate in the history of Judaism from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Rabbi David J. Wolpe is rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, and author of Why Faith Matters, among other books.

Rabbi Carole B. Balin, PhD, is professor of Jewish history at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion. She is currently working on an updated version of the 1984 edition of Liberal Judaism with Dr. Eugene B. Borowitz and Frances W. Schwartz.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Rabbi David J. Wolpe ix

Preface Rabbi Carole B. Balin xi

Introduction xv

The God in Process

I Will Be Who I Will Be: A God of Dynamic Becoming Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson 3

God as the Breath of Life Eitan Fishbane 11

Living and Dreaming with God Rabbi Shai Held 17

Cosmic Theology and Earthly Religion Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky 23

Non-dual Judaism Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels 31

The Gods of the Text

Open-Source Covenant Rabbi Jonathan Crane 43

More Theos, Less Ology Rabbi Jeremy Gordon 50

A Progressive Reform Judaism Rabbi Evan Moffic 56

Spiritual Mappings: A Jewish Understanding of Religious Diversity Rabbi Or N. Rose 63

The Religion of Torah Benjamin D. Sommer 71

Ways of Talking About God

Five Pillars of Orthodox Judaism Rabbi Asher Lopatin 81

Toward a New Jewish Theological Lexicon Rabbi Michael Marmur 86

Martin Buber: The Dialogue with God Rabbi William Plevan 93

Radically Free and Radically Claimed: Toward the Next Stage of Liberal Jewish Theology Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi 102

Can Traditional Jewish Theology Still Speak to (Some of) Us? Marc B. Shapiro 114

A Quest for God

A Quest-Driven Faith Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove 123

Theological Proximity: The Quest for Intimacy with God Simon Cooper 129

Longing to Hear Again Rabbi Leon A. Morris 135

Walking the Walk Rabbi Daniel Nevins 143

On This Sacred Ground Rabbi Eliyahu Stern 149

The God in Between

The Radical Divinity Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum 159

How I Came to Theology, or Didn't Rabbi Daniel M. Bronstein 170

The Theology of the In-Between Benjamin Sax 175

First Fruits of the Seasons of Hope and Renewal Rabbi Naamah Kelman 183

Afterword 188

Notes 192

Suggestions for Further Reading 198

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