A Living Covenant

A Living Covenant This interpretation of Jewish teaching by one of today s leading thinkers in the Jewish world will appeal to all people seeking to understand the relationship between the idea of divine demand and the

  • Title: A Living Covenant
  • Author: David Hartman
  • ISBN: 9781580230117
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Paperback
  • This interpretation of Jewish teaching by one of today s leading thinkers in the Jewish world will appeal to all people seeking to understand the relationship between the idea of divine demand and the human response, between religious tradition and modernity.The Judaic tradition is often seen as being concerned with uncritical obedience to law than with individual freThis interpretation of Jewish teaching by one of today s leading thinkers in the Jewish world will appeal to all people seeking to understand the relationship between the idea of divine demand and the human response, between religious tradition and modernity.The Judaic tradition is often seen as being concerned with uncritical obedience to law than with individual freedom and responsibility In A Living Covenant, Hartman challenges this approach revealing a Judaism grounded in a covenant a relational framework informed by the metaphor of marital love rather than that of parent child dependency This view of life places the individual firmly within community Hartman shows that the Judaic tradition need not be understood in terms of human passivity and resignation, but rather as a vehicle by which human individuality and freedom can be expressed within a relational matrix With passion and erudition, David Hartman argues for a version of Judaism that is at once faithful to the tradition and fitted to the requirements of modernity He writes like Jacob wrestling with the angel, and the result, for the reader, is an exhilarating experience Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton This deep philosophical treatise filled with new, nuanced interpretations of Torah and Talmud reads like a novel that one cannot put down until reaching the very last page Judith Hauptman, Rabbi Philip R Alstat Associate Professor of Talmud, The Jewish Theological Seminary author of Rereading the Rabbis A Woman s Voice I learned much from this book, and I appreciate its theo logical courage and originality Harold M Schulweis, Rabbi, Cong Valley Beth Shalom, Encino, Calif author of For Those Who Can t Believe

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    1. I can hear my teacher's voice as I read his words and recall his Torah.This is incredible Torah, and unbelievably relevant in today's Jewish world (and beyond). Though we wrote it decades ago (and I read much of it then) it is incredibly fresh and pertinent today. I look forward with great anticipation to studying my teacher's Torah further with my teachers, his children and his students at the Institute he established in memory if his father, Shalom Hartman, in the weeks ahead.

    2. I really like the idea of a covenantal relationship with God - something that changes and evolves, but is still based in a shared understanding of history and value. It's a rare sage that bases his radical philosophy in text and primary sources, but that's what makes Hartman so amazing.

    3. This was a wonderful and very rigorous book about productive ways to interpret various aspects of Judaism so as to make it into a living practice. Hartman is an astonishingly fertile and strong thinker, and I loved seeing him wrestle with his own influences (Soloveitchik, Leibowitz, Maimonides), as well as work to make Judaism something viable for modernity. One of my favorite parts of the book was when Hartman talked about suffering and eschatology, arguing that one does not have to work suffer [...]

    4. Not a book for a beginner in theological reading, but for someone who wants to understand the basics of Rabbi David Hartman's religious thought.

    5. Gets better every time. It's so interesting to revisit Hartman, and through him, Soloveitchik and Leibowitz after all these years. I agree with some things more, disagree with other things a lot. Essential Jewish philosophy of the first order.

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