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Title: Jews, gentiles, and the modern egalitarian ethos: Some tentative thoughts
Authors: Berger, David
Stern, Mark D.
Keywords: egalitarian
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield.
Citation: Berger, D. (2005). Jews, gentiles, and the modern egalitarian ethos: Some tentative thoughts. In M. D. Stern, (Ed.), Formulating responses in an egalitarian age (pp. 83-108). Rowman & Littlefield.
Series/Report no.: Bernard Revel Faculty Publications;
The Orthodox Forum Series;2001: Congregation Shearith Israel, New York, N.Y.
Abstract: The deep and systemic tension between contemporary egalitarianism and many authoritative Jewish texts about gentiles takes varying forms. Most Orthodox Jews remain untroubled by some aspects of this tension, understanding that Judaism's affirmation of chosenness and hierarchy can inspire and ennoble without denigrating others. In other instances, affirmations of metaphysical differences between Jews and gentiles can take a form that makes many of us uncomfortable, but we have the legitimate option of regarding them as non-authoritative. Finally and most disturbing, there are positions affirmed by standard halakhic sources from the Talmud to the Shulban Arukh that apparently stand in stark contrast to values taken for granted in the modern West and taught in other sections of the Torah itself.
Description: Scholarly book chapter.
ISBN: 9780742580411
Appears in Collections:Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies (BRGS): Faculty Publications

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