Judaism And The Challenges Of Modern Life / Edition 1

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Much more than a particular period in world history, modernity has fundamentally transformed how we think and live, and especially how we understand and relate to religious traditions. As the 'ghetto walls' have fallen, both empirically and metaphorically, Judaism is compelled to compete in an open marketplace of ideas. Jews can no longer count on an assumedly necessary Jewish identity or commitment, nor on the rallying force of anti-Semitism to ensure an individual and collective sense of belonging. Rather Jewish moral, spiritual and historical values and ideas must be read with new eyes and challenged to address modernity's proliferating array of questions and realities. The pertinent questions modern Jewry faces are how to embrace modernity as Jews and what such an embrace means for the meaning and future of Jewish life. This collection of essays, authored by scholars of the Shalom Hartman Institute, addresses three critical challenges posed to Judaism by modernity: the challenge of ideas, the challenge of diversity, and the challenge of statehood, and provides insights and ideas for the future direction of Judaism. Providing readers with new insights into Judaism and the Jewish people in contemporary times, the collection explores a wide range of issues that includes: the significance of Israel for the future of Judaism; the Jewish people as a people; the relationship between monotheism and violence; revelation and ethics; Judaism and the feminist challenge; and Judaism and homosexuality.
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Moshe Halbertal is Professor at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Senior Research Fellow at Shalom Hartman Institute, Israel.

Donniel Hartman is the Co-Director of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and is one of the leading innovators in contemporary Jewish thought and education.

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Table of Contents

Introduction   Donniel Hartman     1
The Challenge of Ideas
Judaism and the Challenges of Science   Menachem Fisch     9
Tradition and Legal Change   Zvi Zohar     22
Tradition: Continuity or Change - Two Religious Options   Vered Noam     31
Judaism: Between Religion and Morality   Donniel Hartman     48
Traditional Judaism and the Feminist Challenge   Chana Safrai     59
The Changing Status of Women in Liberal Judaism: A Reflective Critique   Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi     74
Judaism, Feminism and Homosexuality   Jonathan W. Malino   Tamar S. Malino     85
The Challenge of Diversity
The Religious Significance of Religious Pluralism   David Hartman     95
Monotheism and Violence   Moshe Halbertal     105
Who is a Jew? Membership and Admission Policies in the Jewish Community   Donniel Hartman     114
The Anomalies of Jewish Political Identity   Michael Walzer     134
The Challenge of Statehood
The Significance of Israel for the Future of Judaism   David Hartman     141
Religion and State in Israel   Menachem Lorberbaum     152
War and Peace   NoamZohar     165
Human Rights and Membership Rights in the Jewish Tradition   Moshe Halbertal     179
Bibliography     189
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