What can we do to repair, rewind and reset Jewish time to ensure a thriving existence in the future?
The generation of the late twentieth century experienced a rupture in Jewish time. As a result of our confrontation with Modernity, the integration of Jews into the American mainstream, the shattering tragedy of the Holocaust and the miraculous rebirth of a Jewish State in the Land of Israel, we can no longer look easily to the past for lessons of faith and models of Jewish meaning. No longer do we confidently project ourselves into the future. So much of what was taken for granted in earlier times is now open to question.
In this thought-provoking book, five celebrated leaders in Judaism, representing a broad spectrum of contemporary Jewish experience, reinterpret Jewish life, re-envision its institutions and re-imagine its future in the shadow of the events of the twentieth century.
Reflecting on the unique events of this century, these eminent scholars assert a shared recognition of human responsibility as the quintessence of God's presence in the world. They imagine a new stage in the development of the ancient Covenant, a stage in which human beings take responsibility for shaping the Jewish historical experience. They explore how that new stage will find expression in the rhythms of Jewish personal and communal lifeits implications for halachah, prayer, spirituality, the synagogue and our relations with the world.
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About the Author
Rabbi Edward Feinstein is senior rabbi of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California. He is an instructor in the Ziegler Rabbinical School of American Jewish University and the Wexner Heritage Program. He is the author of Tough Questions Jews Ask: A Young Adult's Guide to Building a Jewish Life (Jewish Lights) and Capturing the Moon; and the editor of Jews and Judaism in the 21st Century: Human Responsibilities, the Presence of God, and the Future of the Covenant (Jewish Lights). He contributed to May God Remember: Memory and Memorializing in JudaismYizkor; Who by Fire, Who by WaterUn'taneh Tokef and We Have Sinned: Sin and Confession in JudaismAshamnu and Al Chet (all Jewish Lights).
Paula E. Hyman is the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Modern Jewish History at Yale University.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Paula E. HymanAcknowledgmentsAbout the Harold M. Schulweis Institute
Part IHow Have You Changed? How Have We Changed?Rabbi Harold M. SchulweisGlobalism and the Jewish ConscienceRabbi David EllensonBuilding a World in Which God Would be Happy to LiveRabbi Irving "Yitz" GreenbergFrom Destruction to RedemptionRabbi David HartmanA Covenant of LoveRabbi Harold KushnerEncountering the Living God
Part IIThe Covenant, the Community, and the FutureDISCUSSION 1. On the Role of the Synagogue and Rabbi in Tomorrow's JudaismDISCUSSION 2. On the Legacy of Mordecai KaplanDISCUSSION 3. On the New SpiritualityDISCUSSION 4. On the Role of DenominationsDISCUSSION 5. On Orthodox and Non-Orthodox JudaismDISCUSSION 6. On Speaking to the Non-Jewish CommunityDISCUSSION 7. On the Meaning of the HolocaustDISCUSSION 8. On the Vanishing American JewDISCUSSION 9. On the Meaning of PluralismDISCUSSION 10. On Covenantal Theology and the Self-Limited GodDISCUSSION 11. On Hope for the Future
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