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Judaism’s Encounter with Other Cultures: Rejection or Integration?

The issue of Judaism’s relationship to wisdom derived from non-Jewish sources has been one of the most basic concerns of Jewish intellectual history from antiquity to modern times. As the encounters between traditional Jews and world culture become ever more extensive in the digital age, this tension is perhaps more relevant now than ever. In Judaism’s Encounter with Other Cultures: Rejection or Integration?, four eminent scholars provide fresh insight into this continuing discussion. In compelling essays, they present multiple angles to the issue, providing a rich sampling of source material and offer­ing an eloquent case for the perpetuation of Judaism’s dialogue and cultural interaction with the outside world.

 

The first three essays of this classic volume—by Professors Gerald Blidstein, David Berger, and Shnayer Z. Leiman—present comprehensive and au­thoritative historical overviews of central themes in the debate over Judaism’s encounter with world culture. The final essay—a breathtaking philosophi­cal, halakhic, and educational opus by Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein—has become a primary source in a discussion which continues to resonate deeply among committed Jews.

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ISBN 9781592644834
author David Berger , Gerald J. Blidstein , Jacob J. Schacter , Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, Shnayer Z. Leiman
Pages 416
Language English
Binding Hardcover
Author Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein , David Berger , Gerald J. Blidstein , Shnayer Z. Leiman , Jacob J. Schacter

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Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein
Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein (1933–2015) was born in Paris, France, and escaped the Nazi occupation with his family, arriving in the United States in 1941. After s...
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David Berger
David Berger is Ruth and I. Lewis Gor­don Professor of Jewish History and Dean at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies of Yeshiva University. ...
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Gerald J. Blidstein
Gerald J. Blidstein is Professor Emeri­tus at Ben-Gurion University, where he served as Hubert Professor of Jewish Law and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and ...
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Shnayer Z. Leiman
Shnayer Z. Leiman is Professor Emeri­tus of Jewish History and Literature in the De­partment of Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College (CUNY) and also teaches at...
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Jacob J. Schacter

Jacob J. Schacter is University Professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University and Senior Scholar at its Center for the Jewish Future.

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