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Designed as a companion source reader to Neusner's WAY OF TORAH, 6th, 1997, Signposts presents writings that speak the language of Judaism. While pointing to the "inner life" of those who practice Judaism, the book engages dialogically with its companion text and follows its organization. In addition, signposts expand upon the treatment of many topics in WAY OF TORAH. These "signposts" enrich the description while pointing to the inner life of the faithful.
Preface. 1. Prologue: Defining Judaism. PART ONE. 2. Introduction to Classical Judaism. 3. Tractate Abot: Sayings of the Founders. (trans. Jacob Neusner) 4. How Judaism Reads Scripture: Genesis Rabbah. (trans. Jacob Neusner) 5. Imitating God: Virtue and the Doctrine of Emotions. Jacob Neusner. 6. The Reasons for the Commandments. Moses Maimonides. 7. Visiting the Sick, Dying, Burying the Dead. (from the Shulhan Arkuh, tran. Chaim N. Denburg). 8. How to Die. (from the Histakut Hanefesh, trans. Samuel H. Dresner) 9. To Hold With Open Arms. Milton Steinburg. 10. The Mystical Element in Judaism. Abraham J. Heschel. 11. The Jew Who Wasn''t There: Halakhah and the Jewish Woman. Rachel Adler. 12. Explaining the Success, as a Religion, of Classical Judaism. Jacob Neusner. PART TWO. CLASSICAL JUDAISM IN MODERN TIMES. 13. Introduction to Classical Judaism in Modern Times. 14. Hasidism. Martin Buber. 15. Founders Finding a Jewish View of "The Just Society" Eugene Borowitz. 17. Contemporary Reform Judaism Speaks: The Limits of Liberal Judaism. Jakob J. Petuchowski. 18. Founders of Modern Judaism: Orthodoxy. Samson Raphael Hirsch. Jacob Neusner. 19. Contemporary Orhodox Judaism Speaks: A Challenge to Orthodoxy. Emanuel Rackman. 20. Founders of Modern Judaism: The Historical School. Zecaharia Frankel and Heinrich Graetz. Jacob Neusner. 21. Founders of Modern Judaism: Conservative Judaism in the USA. Jacob Neusner. 22. Contemporary Conservative Judaism Speaks: Positive-Historical Judaism Exhausted: Reflections on a Movement's Future. Daniel H. Gordis. PART THREE. THE PRACTICE OF JUDAISM IN CONTEMPORARY NORTH AMERICA. 23. Introduction to the Practice of Judaism in Contemporary North America. 24. The Americanization of American Judaism. Joseph L. Blau. 25. American Orthodoxy-Retrospect and Prospect. Emanuel Rackman. 26. In Your Blood, Live: Re-Visons of a Theology of Purity. Rachel Adler. 27. from Equality to Tranformation: The Challenge of Women's Rabbinic Leadership. Laura Geller. 28. The New Spirituality. Debra Cash. 29. Rabbis at the Frontier: Beyond the Fringe. Judith Fein. 30. Dissing Their Way Back Home. Judith Fein. 31. Modern Orthodoxy in the New Age. Willaim Helmreich. Part Four. Zionism and Judaism in the State of Israel. 32. Introduction to Zionism and Judaism in the State of Israel. 33. Zionism. Jacob Neusner. 34. Contemporary Zionism Speaks: In Defense of Perpetual Zionist Revolt. Yosef Gorny. 35. Israeli Judaism. Sholomo Deshen. PART FIVE: WHAT OF THE FUTURE? 36. Introduction to Perspectives on the Future of Judaism. 37. Israel the Ever-Dying People. Simon Rawidowicz. 38. The Voice of Auschwitz. Emil L. Fackenheim. 39. A Voice Beyond Auschwitz: Holiness. David R. Blumenthal. 40. How Will You Survive. Herman Wouk. Acknowledgements. Index.