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Jewish legal and political thought developed in conditions of exile, where Jews had neither a state of their own nor citizenship in any other. What use, then, can this body of thought be today to Jews living in Israel or as emancipated citizens in secular democratic states? Can a culture of exile be adapted to help Jews find ways of being at home politically today? These questions are central in Law, Politics, and Morality in Judaism, a collection of essays by contemporary political theorists, philosophers, and lawyers.

How does Jewish law accommodate--or fail to accommodate--the practice of democratic citizenship? What range of religious toleration and pluralism is compatible with traditional Judaism? What forms of coexistence between Jews and non-Jews are required by shared citizenship? How should Jews operating within halakha (Jewish law) and Jewish history judge the use of force by modern states?

The authors assembled here by prominent political theorist Michael Walzer come from different points on the religious-secular spectrum, and they differ greatly in their answers to such questions. But they all enact the relationship at issue since their answers, while based on critical Jewish texts, also reflect their commitments as democratic citizens.

The contributors are Michael Walzer, David Biale, the late Robert M. Cover, Menachem Fisch, Geoffrey B. Levey, David Novak, Aviezer Ravitzky, Adam B. Seligman, Suzanne Last Stone, and Noam J. Zohar.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. Michael Walzer
  3. pp. vii-xii
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  1. PART I: POLITICAL ORDER AND CIVIL SOCIETY
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. One: Obligation: A Jewish Jurisprudence of the Social Order
  2. Robert M. Cover
  3. pp. 3-11
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  1. Two: Judaism and Civil Society
  2. Suzanne Last Stone
  3. pp. 12-33
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  1. Three: Civil Society and Government
  2. Noam J. Zohar
  3. pp. 34-49
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  1. Four: Autonomy and Modernity
  2. David Biale
  3. pp. 50-54
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  1. PART II: TERRITORY, SOVEREIGNTY, AND INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY
  2. pp. 55-56
  1. Five: Land and People
  2. David Novak
  3. pp. 57-82
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  1. Six: Contested Boundaries: Visions of a Shared World
  2. Noam J. Zohar
  3. pp. 83-95
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  1. Seven: Diversity, Tolerance, and Sovereignty
  2. Menachem Fisch
  3. pp. 96-120
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  1. Eight: Responses to Modernity
  2. Adam B. Seligman
  3. pp. 121-127
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  1. Nine: Judaism and Cosmopolitanism
  2. David Novak
  3. pp. 128-146
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  1. PART III: WAR AND PEACE
  2. pp. 147-148
  1. Ten: Commanded and Permitted Wars
  2. Michael Walzer
  3. pp. 149-168
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  1. Eleven: Prohibited Wars
  2. Aviezer Ravitzky
  3. pp. 169-181
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  1. Twelve: Judaism and the Obligation to Die for the State
  2. Geoffrey B. Levey
  3. pp. 182-208
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 209-210
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 211-217
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400827206
Related ISBN
9780691125084
MARC Record
OCLC
367693863
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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