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By Arthur A. Cohen, Paul Mendes-Flohr

JPS is proud to reissue Cohen and Mendes-Flohr’s vintage paintings, possibly an important, finished anthology to be had on twentieth century Jewish concept. This extraordinary quantity offers one hundred forty concise but authoritative essays via popular Jewish figures Eugene Borowitz, Emil Fackenheim, Blu Greenberg, Susannah Heschel, Jacob Neusner, Gershom Scholem, Adin Steinsaltz, and so forth. They outline and mirror upon such significant principles as charity, selected humans, demise, relations, love, fable, agony, Torah, culture and extra. With entries from Aesthetics to Zionism, this e-book offers awesome insights into either the Jewish event and the Judeo-Christian culture.

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An act performed out of fear of punishment is irreconcilable with an attitude of devotion to and love of God. But this attitude, "accepting the kingdom of heaven," is the prerequisite for any truly religiOUS act, for any real commandment. The fact that the punishment comes from God does nothing to alter the basic nature of the act. A cowering act of fearful submission does not, according to the Zohar, acquire any additional religious significance Simply because the over- 34 AUTHORITY powering and threatening figure is divine and not human.

In the days of mercy" (18: 6-8). In contradistinction to the Hasmonaean princes who had forsaken the way of the Lord, the pious expect a new king, "the son of David ... ). Punishment of the wicked and the bliss of the righteous is thought to be eternal. The reward of the righteous takes place in this world. The reestablishment of the kingdom of God depends partly on human action, partly on the divine loving-kindness. E. The seer is deeply troubled by the incongruity of the prosperity of wicked Rome and the enslavement of Israel.

Altho1lgh one need not agree with I:Iayyim Nachman Bialik's statement that "halakhah is the crystallization of aggadah, while aggadah is the refinement of halakhah, "4 it is possible to suggest that their common creativity has resulted from the tension between the two disciplines, from the ways they have grown and fed upon each other. The possibility of a new aggadah freed from the fetters of the halakhah, which some modern thinkers have invoked as the basis for a 12 AGGADAH judaism redivivus, is in fact unattractive: such an aggadah would be groundless, soft, a kind of piety lacking the hard commitment and demand of law.

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