Reading Levinas/Reading Talmud

Overview

Although Jewish scholars have recognized the French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas as one of the greatest minds of this century, the majority of Jews have remained ignorant of his teachings, largely because his work-even in translation-is dense and erudite. Rabbi Ira Stone, who has studied Levinas’s work for many years and incorporated his methods and perspectives into his own teaching, now makes Levinas accessible to lay readers for the first time.
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Overview

Although Jewish scholars have recognized the French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas as one of the greatest minds of this century, the majority of Jews have remained ignorant of his teachings, largely because his work-even in translation-is dense and erudite. Rabbi Ira Stone, who has studied Levinas’s work for many years and incorporated his methods and perspectives into his own teaching, now makes Levinas accessible to lay readers for the first time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827606067
  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
  • Publication date: 11/1/1998
  • Pages: 180
  • Lexile: 1160L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.44 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Theory - A Levinasian Dictionary 1
General Remarks 3
The General Philosophy 7
Time, Love, and Fecundity 10
The Face, the Trace, and the Third Person 14
Infinity 16
The Response to the Face: Language and Ethics 17
An Interruption: Levinas and Talmud 19
A Second Interruption: Hayyim of Volozhin 23
Toward God 28
2 Method 31
Method: General Remarks 33
In the Beginning 37
The First Reading 40
The Second Reading 44
The Third Reading 46
3 The Practice of Talmud - The Readings 49
Prayer and the End of Metaphysics 51
Translation and the Limits of Logic 58
The Search for Meaning and the Meaning of the Search 72
Life, Death, and Doing the Laundry 80
What's in a New Year? 85
Prophecy, Sacrifice, and Suffering 93
The Problem of the Absent God 103
Constructing the Gateway to Heaven 117
What Is Hanukkah? 127
You Must Be Crazy to Speak of Redemption: Purim and a Conclusion of Sorts 143
Selected Bibliography 153
Index of Biblical Passages 155
Index 157
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