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Studies in the Meaning of Judaism (JPS Scholar of Distinction Series)
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Noted educator, author, and speaker Eugene Borowitz delivers the fruits of his scholarship with grace in this new addition to the JPS Scholar of Distinction series. Gathered in this single volume are 33 essays covering the themes of modern Jewish theology, education, the history of Reform Judaism in America, Jewish law, ethics, and religious dialogue. This collection will appeal to a wide audience, including rabbis; scholars; and readers of religion, modern Jewish thought, and liturgy.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xvii
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  1. A GLIMPSE: WHEN AGNOSTICISM AND RATIONALISM COULD NO LONGER GROUND OUR VALUES
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. 1 / Theological Conference Cincinnati, 1950: Reform Judaism’s Fresh Awareness of Religious Problems
  2. pp. 7-16
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  1. 2 / Creating Commitment in Our Religious Schools
  2. pp. 17-30
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  1. 3 / The Idea of God
  2. pp. 31-46
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  1. 4 / Existentialism’s Meaning for Judaism: A Contemporary Midrash
  2. pp. 47-57
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  1. 5 / Crisis Theology and the Jewish Community
  2. pp. 59-68
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  1. 6 / Faith and Method in Modern Jewish Theology
  2. pp. 69-84
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  1. 7 / Creative Worship in the Computer Age
  2. pp. 85-88
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  1. 8 / Why We Went: A Joint Letter from the Rabbis Arrested in St. Augustine
  2. pp. 89-93
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  1. A TRACK: LEADING ON FROM GOD, THE GROUND OF OUR VALUES
  2. pp. 95-100
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  1. 9 / On Celebrating Sinai
  2. pp. 101-114
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  1. 10 / The Problem of the Form of a Jewish Theology
  2. pp. 115-131
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  1. 11 / The Postsecular Situation of Jewish Theology
  2. pp. 133-148
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  1. 12 / Education Is Not I-Thou
  2. pp. 149-156
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  1. 13 / Tzimtzum: A Mystic Model for Contemporary Leadership
  2. pp. 157-170
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  1. 14 / A Jewish Response: The Lure and Limits of Universalizing Our Faith
  2. pp. 171-178
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  1. 15 / The Authority of the Ethical Impulse in Halakhah
  2. pp. 179-191
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  1. 16 / Recent Historic Events: Jewish and Christian Interpretations
  2. pp. 193-213
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  1. 17 / The Autonomous Jewish Self
  2. pp. 215-233
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  1. A WAY: THE POSTMODERN EXPLICATION OF JEWISH SELFHOOD
  2. pp. 235-240
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  1. 18 / Hillul Hashem: A Universal Rubric in the Halakhah
  2. pp. 241-253
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  1. 19 / The Ideal Jew
  2. pp. 255-273
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  1. 20 / The Critical Issue in the Quest for Social Justice: A Jewish View
  2. pp. 275-288
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  1. 21 / The Blessing over a Change of Wine: A Study in the Development of a Jewish Law Published in Honor of the Eightieth Birthday of Nathaniel E. Hess
  2. pp. 289-315
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  1. 22 / Co-Existing with Orthodox Jews
  2. pp. 317-326
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  1. 23 / Dynamic Sunyata and the God Whose Glory Fills the Universe
  2. pp. 327-339
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  1. 24 / “Please, God, Heal Her, Please”
  2. pp. 341-349
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  1. 25 / “Im ba’et, eyma”—Since You Object, Let Me Put It This Way
  2. pp. 351-374
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  1. A PAUSE: TO LOOK BACK BEFORE MOVING ON
  2. pp. 375-378
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  1. 26 / A Life of Jewish Learning: In Search of a Theology of Judaism
  2. pp. 379-414
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  1. 27 / “Halakhah” in Reform Jewish Usage: Historic Background and Current Discourse
  2. pp. 415-433
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 435-442
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  1. Bibliography of the Writings of Eugene B. Borowitz
  2. pp. 443-465
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 467-473
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