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Title: Review of the book ‘Must a Jew Believe Anything?’ by Menachem Kellner
Authors: Berger, David
Keywords: Jewish belief
Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204. 13 ʻiḳre ha-emunah.
Judaism --Doctrines.
Orthodox Judaism.
Ani maʼamin (Jewish creed)
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: (RCA) Rabbinical Council of America
Citation: Berger, D. (1999, Summer). [Review of the book ‘Must a Jew Believe Anything?’ by Menachem Kellner]. Tradition: A Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought, 33(4), 81-89
Series/Report no.: Tradition: A Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought;33(4)
Abstract: As the Introduction to this stimulating book draws to a close, Kellner reiterates its provocative title and encapsulates the thesis in three sentences: Must a Jew believe anything? If belief is a matter of trust in God expressed in obedience to the Torah, my answer to the question is that a Jew must believe everything. If "belief' is the intellectual acquiescence in carefully defined statements of dogma, the answer is that there is nothing that a Jew must believe (p. 9). The alert reader will immediately notice that the key final sentence contains a qualifying expression with an ironic effect. The term "care fully defined" blurs careful definition, so that we do not know if the author means to deny that a Jew need assent to any dogmatic proposition at all. If he does not mean to deny this, the word "anything" is, to put it mildly, rather misleading. (from Conclusion).
Description: Book review
ISSN: ISSN: 0041-0608, 2768-0231.
Appears in Collections:Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies (BRGS): Faculty Publications

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