Contemporary Jews often find meaning in Judaism's family and communal orientation, its beautiful rituals, its enriching culture, its sense of ethnic rootedness, and its moral values. For the classical Jewish tradition, however, all of these features of Judaism depend on a belief in God. Since many modern Jews do not know what to make of that belief, it is often ignored. They may be inspired by Judaism's high regard for education and its passion for justice, but their belief in God rests on childhood images of the Almighty. They are often embarrassed and uneasy, for they sense that their attachment to Judaism may be based upon intellectual quicksand.This seems to be the message of God out of the whirlwind in Chs. 38a42 ofthe Book ofJob, and it is clearly stated in Avot (Ethics ofthe Fathers) ... On the Holocaust: Richard L. Rubenstein, After Auschwitz: Radical Theology and Contemporary judaism ... On the nuclear threat: Richard L. Rubenstein, aJewish Theology and the Current World Situation, a Conservativejudaism 28:4 (Summer 1974), pp. ... T. H. Meek, Hebrew Origins (New York: Harper and Row, 1936, 1960), Ch. 3, esp. pp.
|Author||:||Elliot N. Dorff|
|Publisher||:||Jason Aronson, Incorporated - 1996-05-01|