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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534557690
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/23/1998
  • Series: Religious Life in History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 351
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacob Neusner is the Research Professor of Religion and Theology and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College. Having published more than 900 books and innumerable articles he is the most published humanities scholar in the world. He has been awarded nine honorary degrees, including seven US and European honorary doctorates. He holds fourteen academic medals and prizes, as well as numerous other academic awards. He received his A. B. from Harvard College, his Ph. D. from Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary, and Rabbinical Ordination and the degree of Master of Hebrew Letters from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. In his professional career he was founding chairman of the Department of Hebrew Studies at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, held a post-doctoral fellowship at Brandeis University, and taught at Dartmouth College and at Brown University. He spent a research year at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ, and served as Distinguished Research Professor of Religious Studies at University of South Florida. He was President of the American Academy of Religion, and a member of the founding committee of the Association for Jewish Studies. He single-handedly founded the European Association of Jewish Studies. He also served, by appointment of President Carter, as Member of the National Council on the Humanities and, by appointment of President Reagan, as Member of the National Council on the Arts. He is editor of the Encyclopaedia of Judaism (Brill, 1999. I-III) and its Supplements; chairman of the Editorial Board of The Review of Rabbinic Judaism, and Editor in Chief of the Brill Reference Library of Judaism, both of them published by E. J. Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands. He is editor of Studies in Judaism, University Press of America. He was editor for Judaism of the Dictionary of Religion (Harper/AAR), and of the Encyclopaedia of Religion (Britannica/Merriam Webster).

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Table of Contents

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.

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