Cover

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p. vii

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Acknowledgment

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p. ix

I would like to thank Shelly Zimmerman, the President of the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, and the faculty of the College–Institute for the invitation to deliver the Goldenson Lectures. During my visits to Cincinnati from Bloomington, Dean Ken Ehrlich was a gracious and attentive host. ...

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Introduction

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pp. xi-xv

This book grew out of three Samuel Goldenson Lectures, delivered at the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in April, 1999. In the lectures and now in the book, I try to ask where Jewish life and Jewish thought in America find themselves at the turn of the twenty-first century. ...

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1. The Problem of Objectivity Before and After Auschwitz

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pp. 1-45

The twentieth century has been called a short century, beginning with World War I in 1914 and ending with the fall of the Soviet empire in 1989.1 But the length and character of a century are not always marked by such transforming events. One might just as usefully view the twentieth century as longer than one hundred years, ...

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2. Revelation, Language, and the Search for Transcendence

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pp. 46-82

In recent decades, in America and throughout the world, there has been a resurgence of religious sensibility. This process includes a return to ritual practice, a widespread interest in religious texts, and a surge of religious activity in politics. The latter has not been only an American phenomenon, marked by the growth of the Christian right ...

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3. Messianism and Politics: Incremental Redemption

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pp. 83-118

A hundred years ago, at the turn of the century, modern Zionism was in the midst of its first decade, and even then, it was clear to many that Zionism was a messianic movement, a movement deeply implicated in Judaism’s historical destiny, its goals, and its hopes. The conflicts between Theodore Herzl and Ahad Ha-Am ...

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Conclusion: Judaism Before Theory

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pp. 119-124

Jewish theological reflection, like modernist intellectual culture in general, began in the twentieth century with a sensitivity to the alienation and fragmentation of urban society and a desire to articulate some kind of “grand theory” as a response to it. The Jewish life that has emerged in America ...

Notes

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pp. 125-142

Index

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pp. 143-146