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By Aryeh Cohen (ed.), Shaul Magid (ed.)

ISBN-10: 0585455546

ISBN-13: 9780585455549

ISBN-10: 1889119237

ISBN-13: 9781889119236

Representing the spectrum of subfields inside Jewish experiences, the contributing students to this quantity use "beginnings" as a hermeneutic stance to research texts of their zone. whereas each one essay is an important contribution to its personal subfield—Bible, Talmud, Kabbalah, smooth Jewish proposal, Feminist and Cultural Studies—the essays taken as an entire current new percentages for exploring the gap that's Jewish stories and starting an inquiry into what may perhaps represent a definable hermeneutics of Jewish texts.

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In this essay I am merely attempting to expound on his ideas. I do not share his presuppositions nor his conclusions about Christianity or modernity. 33. See Aviva Zorenberg, Genesis—The Beginning of Desire (Philadelphia, 1995), pp. 27–33. Hermann Cohen argues that the desire to be God lies at the root of idolatry and the plastic arts. , 1995), pp. 50–58. 34. R. ” R. Menahem Mendel’s disciple R. Mordecai Joseph of Izbica extended this correlation much further. See Mei Ha-Shiloah, (Brooklyn, 1984) Vol.

Any reading that does not submit to the text as a divine document), because it is viewed as being derived from an already de-sacralized text. Finally, R. Kolonymous Kalman argues that the ability to maintain renewal or to perpetuate authentic beginnings requires ideological, spiritual (and perhaps even political) sovereignty. This last point recasts and stipulates his earlier affirmation of the modern project. While the Jew must innovate in order to foster progression he must do so solely within the ideological and intellectual framework of Torah.

The use of the term desire is positive, implying that desire is yearning for renewal. XXXIV beginning/again 28. This is an obvious reference to the nations of the world. According to certain strains of kabbalistic doctrine, all Gentile wisdom originates in the theophany at Sinai. R. Kolonymous Kalman adopts this position and mentions it in numerous places. For example, see “Derekh Ha-Iyyun Ha-M’Yuhad,” the only remnant from the monograph Hovat Ha-Avrekhim, printed in Derekh HaMelekh, p. 393. This observation will serve as the foundation of the latter part of this sermon where he speaks about the necessity of Jewish sovereignty in all matters, political as well as religious.

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