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The Eternal Dissident offers rare insight into one of the most inspiring and controversial Reform rabbis of the twentieth century, Leonard Beerman, who was renowned both for his eloquent and challenging sermons and for his unrelenting commitment to social action. Beerman was a man of powerful word and action—a probing intellectual and stirring orator, as well as a nationally known opponent of McCarthyism, racial injustice, and Israeli policy in the occupied territories. The shared source of Beerman’s thought and activism was the moral imperative of the Hebrew prophets, which he believed bestowed upon the Jewish people their role as the “eternal dissident.” This volume brings Beerman to life through a selection of his most powerful writings, followed by commentaries from notable scholars, rabbis, and public personalities that speak to the quality and ongoing relevance of Beerman’s work.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. List of Illustrations
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-31
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  1. Part I. First Sermon
  1. 1. Chapel Sermon, October 30, 1948
  2. pp. 35-40
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  1. Part II. Inspirations
  1. 2. Sigmund Freud, May 11, 1956
  2. pp. 43-46
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  1. 3. Bertrand Russell's Autobiography: Three Passions in Life
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. 4. Looking at Kafka, January 8, 1982
  2. pp. 49-53
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  1. 5. The Legacy of MLK, January 15, 1982
  2. pp. 54-59
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  1. 6. First Encounter with George (Regas), April 13, 2005
  2. pp. 60-61
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  1. 7. Why the Prophets Are Important, May 20, 1983
  2. pp. 62-64
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  1. Part III. Faith, Doubt, and Duty
  1. 8. Handwritten Reflections on Doubt, undated
  2. pp. 67-68
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  1. 9. Can We Excommunicate God? April 30, 1965
  2. pp. 69-74
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  1. 10. Duty of the Rabbi, undated
  2. pp. 75-76
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  1. 11. From the Diary of a Leo Baeck Temple Rabbi, February 5, 1971
  2. pp. 77-82
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  1. 12. Rabbi Beerman's To-Do List
  2. pp. 83-84
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  1. 13. Yom Kippur Eve—Vocation of a Rabbi, September 17, 1972
  2. pp. 85-91
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  1. 14. Fast between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to Protest Munich and Vietnam, September 1972
  2. pp. 92-93
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  1. 15. My Troubles with God; God's Troubles with Me, February 9, 1979
  2. pp. 94-103
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  1. 16. The Beginnings of an Outline for Jews to Consider, undated
  2. pp. 104-106
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  1. Part IV. Social Justice
  1. 17. The Kindest Use a Knife, October 16, 1953
  2. pp. 109-115
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  1. 18. Is There a Relationship between Judaism and Social Justice? April 14, 1954
  2. pp. 116-120
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  1. 19. The Problems of the City: A Jewish Dilemma, February 4, 1966
  2. pp. 121-128
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  1. 20. UCLA Teach-In on Vietnam War, March 24, 1966
  2. pp. 129-135
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  1. 21. Notes for Symposium on Black Power, January 6, 1967
  2. pp. 136-138
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  1. 22. Letter to President Lyndon Johnson, April 13, 1967
  2. pp. 139-141
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  1. 23. Rosh Hashanah Eve, September 30, 1970 (5731)
  2. pp. 142-149
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  1. 24. How I Lost the Election in St. Louis, July 9, 1971
  2. pp. 150-155
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  1. 25. Invocation for Religious Leaders for McGovern, June 1, 1972
  2. pp. 156-158
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  1. 26. Survival in a Nuclear Age, February 17, 1984
  2. pp. 159-163
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  1. 27. California People of Faith against the Death Penalty, October 16, 2001; April 20, 2002
  2. pp. 164-168
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  1. 28. Piece on Human Condition Written for the Office of the Americas, November 2, 2002
  2. pp. 169-171
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  1. 29. A Vision for a Bewildering Time: Commencement Address at Washington & Jefferson College, May 18, 2007
  2. pp. 172-177
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  1. 30. Letter to President George W. Bush, April 11, 2008
  2. pp. 178-179
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  1. 31. Human Rights Watch, November 17, 2009
  2. pp. 180-182
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  1. 32. A Sermon for All Saints, July 3, 2011
  2. pp. 183-188
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  1. Part V. Israel/Palestine
  1. 33. Time in Israel, Parts I and II, November 1967
  2. pp. 191-198
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  1. 34. CCAR Breira Statement, 1977
  2. pp. 199-202
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  1. 35. Yom Kippur Morning, October 11, 1978
  2. pp. 203-209
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  1. 36. Yom Kippur Eve, September 26, 1982
  2. pp. 210-219
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  1. 37. Visions of Peace in the Middle East, October 31, 1992
  2. pp. 220-225
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  1. 38. A Sermon for Yom Kippur Morning, October 1, 2006
  2. pp. 226-233
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  1. 39. Exchange of Letters with Bruce Ramer, October 2006–January 2007
  2. pp. 234-237
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  1. 40. A Sermon for Yom Kippur Morning, October 4, 2014
  2. pp. 238-245
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  1. Sayings of Leonard I. Beerman
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 251-258
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  1. List of Contributors
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780520969797
Related ISBN
9780520297456
MARC Record
OCLC
1022977015
Pages
296
Launched on MUSE
2019-02-26
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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