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JPS has reissued Cohen and Mendes-Flohr’s vintage paintings, maybe crucial, entire anthology to be had on twentieth century Jewish concept. This notable quantity offers one hundred forty concise but authoritative essays through popular Jewish figures Eugene Borowitz, Emil Fackenheim, Blu Greenberg, Susannah Heschel, Jacob Neusner, Gershom Scholem, Adin Steinsaltz, and so forth. They outline and mirror upon such primary principles as charity, selected humans, dying, family members, love, fable, pain, Torah, culture and extra. With entries from Aesthetics to Zionism, this e-book presents outstanding insights into either the Jewish event and the Judeo-Christian tradition.

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The author prays for the end of the enemies of the Lord and for the rise of his kingdom. "May God cleanse Israel against the day of mercy and blessing, against the day of choice when He bringeth back His anointed. Blessed shall they be that shall be iIi those days. " Messiah, the anointed, "will direct every man in the works of righteousness by the fear of God"; he will "establish them all before the Lord ... in the days of mercy" (18: 6-8). In contradistinction to the Hasmonaean princes who had forsaken the way of the Lord, the pious expect a new king, "the son of David ...

Altho1lgh one need not agree with I:Iayyim Nachman Bialik's statement that "halakhah is the crystallization of aggadah, while aggadah is the refinement of halakhah, "4 it is possible to suggest that their common creativity has resulted from the tension between the two disciplines, from the ways they have grown and fed upon each other. The possibility of a new aggadah freed from the fetters of the halakhah, which some modern thinkers have invoked as the basis for a 12 AGGADAH judaism redivivus, is in fact unattractive: such an aggadah would be groundless, soft, a kind of piety lacking the hard commitment and demand of law.

Even so, there are other rabbinic aggadot that cannot be explained this way, aggadot that seem to preserve mythological conceptions from much earlier periods of Israelite religion or that give birth to myth anew out of genuine religious needs the rabbis themselves experienced. These passages suggest that there may have existed within rabbinic thought a serious divide between mythological and monotheistic conceptions of God; this division calls into question the very possibility of constructing a unified theology out of the material of aggadah.

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