Hartman's 1985 National Jewish Book Award-winning title presents a modern interpretation of traditional Judaic thought on prayer, the nature of god and humankind's relation to that being, tragedy and suffering, and the necessity (or not) of redemption.
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"I learned much from this book, and I appreciate its theo- logical courage and originality." -- Harold M. Schulweis, Rabbi, Cong. Valley Beth Shalom, Encino, Calif.; author of For Those Who Can't Believe
"This deep philosophical treatise--filled with new, nuanced interpretations of Torah and Talmud--reads like a novel that one cannot put down until reaching the very last page." -- Judith Hauptman, Rabbi Philip R. Alstat Associate Professor of Talmud, The Jewish Theological Seminary; author of Rereading the Rabbis: A Woman's Voice
"With passion and erudition, David Hartman argues for a version of Judaism that is at once faithful to the tradition and fitted to the requirements of modernity. He writes like Jacob wrestling with the angel, and the result, for the reader, is an exhilarating experience." --Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton