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Title: Texts, values, and historical change: Reflections on the dynamics of Jewish law
Authors: Berger, David
Harris, Michael J.
Rynhold, Daniel
Wright, Tamra
Keywords: Radical responsibility
Jewish thought
Sacks, Jonathan, 1948-2020 --Teachings.
Jewish philosophy --Influence.
Jewish law --Philosophy.
Judaism --Social aspects.
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Maggid Books
Citation: Berger, D. (2012). Texts, values, and historical change: Reflections on the dynamics of Jewish law. (2012). In M. J. Harris, D. Rynhold, &, T. Wright, (Eds.) Radical responsibility: Celebrating the thought of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (pp. 201-216). Maggid Books.
Series/Report no.: Bernard Revel Faculty Publications;2012
Abstract: The image of Jewish law as a self-contained fortress impervious to the slings and anows of external fortunes or extra-legal ideologies and values has been nurtured by two ve1y different forces. For centuries, even millennia, Christian authors depicted Judaism as a legalistic religion indifferent to considerations of loving-kindness and grace. As Paul succinctly puts it, "The letter kills, but the spirit gives life" (2 Cor 3:6). An early Protestant joke told of a Catholic priest who mistakenly placed an inedible object in the mouth of a communicant; after waiting an intolerably long time for it to melt on his tongue, the parishioner exclaimed, "Father! You have made a mistake. You have given me God the Father. He is so hard and tough He will never dissolve."
Description: Scholarly book chapter
ISBN: 978-1592643660
Appears in Collections:Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies (BRGS): Faculty Publications

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