Rabbi Haim David Halevy: Gentle Scholar and Courageous Thinker

Overview

Rabbi Haim David Halevy was one of the great rabbinic luminaries of his era. A prolific author and a teacher, he was a gifted halakhic scholar, a devotee of kabbala, and a creative thinker who applied Torah wisdom to the dilemmas of modern times. From 1972 until his death, he served as the Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv. Influenced by the profound and compassionate teachings of his mentor Rabbi Benzion Uziel, Rabbi Halevy represented the best in the Sephardic tradition of the Judeo-Spanish Sephardim. His ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (7) from $15.00   
  • New (2) from $25.45   
  • Used (5) from $15.00   
Sending request ...

Overview

Rabbi Haim David Halevy was one of the great rabbinic luminaries of his era. A prolific author and a teacher, he was a gifted halakhic scholar, a devotee of kabbala, and a creative thinker who applied Torah wisdom to the dilemmas of modern times. From 1972 until his death, he served as the Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv. Influenced by the profound and compassionate teachings of his mentor Rabbi Benzion Uziel, Rabbi Halevy represented the best in the Sephardic tradition of the Judeo-Spanish Sephardim. His monumental knowledge and keen insight were widely recognized. He won many prizes for his intellectual achievements, and in 1997 was awarded the Israel Prize by the State of Israel in appreciation of his significant contributions to Torah scholarship. In this book, two Rabbis provide an analysis of the teachings of Rabbi Halevy on a wide range of topics: confronting modernity, rabbinic responsibility and authority, metaphysical issues, questions of faith, the role of customs, Jewish education, governing the Jewish State, and more. Rabbi Halevy was a gentle, thoughtful scholar. He was also a courageous thinker who was not afraid to consider old questions in a new light and to break new ground in the field of Torah studies. Rabbi Halevy viewed his books as his yeshiva. By studying this book, readers have the special privilege of being part of Rabbi Halevy's yeshiva and learning Torah from one of the great sages of modern times.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[Rabbi Halevy] remains to this day unknown to significant segments of the religious and general Jewish community, both in Israel and throughout the world. Hopefully this book will give him further recognition, at least within the English-speaking world."  —Morey Schwartz, author, Where's My Miracle?: Exploring Jewish Traditions for Dealing with Tragedy

"This book should be of interest to all, but in particular to populations that find that there are not enough English-language biographies of Sephardic Jewish leaders."  —Shalom Berger, scholar

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789657108826
  • Publisher: Urim Publications
  • Publication date: 7/15/2006
  • Series: Modern Jewish Lives Series , #2
  • Pages: 239
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc D. Angel is Rabbi emeritus of Congregation Shearith Israel, the historic Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue of New York City. He is a former president of the Rabbinical Council of America and has won a National Jewish Book Award in Jewish Thought. He lectures throughout the United States and is the author or editor of 25 books, including Losing the Rat Race, Winning at Life and The Search Committee, and numerous articles on religion and faith. Hayyim Angel is the son of Marc D. Angel and a former Rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel for 17 years. He teaches Tanakh at Yeshiva University and has published scholarly articles in several collections of essays and in journals such as the Jewish Bible Quarterly, Jewish Thought, Nahalah, and Tradition. He is the author or editor of 11 books. They both live in New York.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Biographical sketch 11
Ch. 2 Religious and intellectual foundations 37
Ch. 3 The influence of Rabbi Uziel 54
Ch. 4 Rabbinic responsibility and authority 70
Ch. 5 Dealing with conflicting sources 82
Ch. 6 Old texts, new realities 92
Ch. 7 Jewish education 112
Ch. 8 The role of Minhag 127
Ch. 9 Questions of faith 144
Ch. 10 Metaphysical issues 155
Ch. 11 Respect for others 171
Ch. 12 Jews and non-Jews 189
Ch. 13 Governing the Jewish state 199
Ch. 14 At'halta deGe'ulah : the state of Israel as prelude to the messianic era 218
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)