Torah for Its Intended Purpose: Selected Writings (1988-2013)

Torah for Its Intended Purpose: Selected Writings (1988-2013)

by Gordon Tucker


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Torah for Its Intended Purpose: Selected Writings (1988-2013) by Gordon Tucker

Gathering a wealth of dispersed material, some previously published and some new to print, Torah for Its Intended Purpose comprises twenty-one articles in a breadth of themes, from theology and exegesis to homiletics and Jewish law, Israel and the Jewish world, and their relation to the larger world. Diverse in genre, the essays, sermons, reviews—and one groundbreaking, dissenting responsum—chart a course that is scholarly and spiritual, yet engaged in social activism as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789655241891
Publisher: Urim Publications
Publication date: 12/01/2014
Pages: 313
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Gordon Tucker is a former dean of the Rabbinical School at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and is an adjunct assistant professor of Jewish thought at that institution. He served for 25 years on the Rabbinical Assembly Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, and has been the senior rabbi at Temple Israel Center in White Plains, New York since 1994. He lives in White Plains, New York.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction from Sermon for Rosh Hashanah 5774 -2013 xiii

Theology and Philosophy

Can a People of the Book Also Be a People of God? 2007 3

Translating a Classic from the Preface to A.J. Heschel's Heavenly Torah 2006 23

A Philosopher's View on the Problem of Scholarship and Belief 1988 40

Judaism and the Limits of Theodicy 1991 51

A.J. Heschel and the Problem of Religious Certainty 2009 66


Jacob's Terrible Burden: In the Shadow of the Text 1994 79

From Amidah to Amidah: The Flow of Shabbat Time 2007 91

Shattered Pottery-Unshattered Hope 2010 96

Taking in the Torah of the Timeless Present 2011 100


A Tale of Two Faiths: Sermon for Rosh Hashanah 5754 1993 107

Ascending the Ramp of Obligation: Sermon for Yom Kippur 5763 2002 119

Arriving at the Foothills of Wisdom: Sermon For Yom Kippur 5767 2006 133

Israel and Jewish World

A Review: David Hartman's Conflicting Visions: Spiritual Possibilities of Modern Israel 1995 147

Torture: The Moral and Religious Stakes 2005 152

Connecting to Israel's Modern Heritage 2007 161

Response to Avery Cardinal Dulles's "Catholic Views On The Jewish Covenant" 2005 164

Sermon on Slavery Then and Now 2009 173

Jewish Law

The Sayings of the Wise Are Like Goads: An Appreciation of the Works of Robert Cover 1993 183

The Ordination of Women and the Culture of the Movement - 1995 212

Halakhic and Metahalakhic Arguments Concerning Judaism and Homosexuality 2006 222

Notes 271

Index 297

Publication Credits 309

Author Biography 313

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