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A Heart of Many Rooms: Celebrating the Many Voices within Judaism
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*In the introduction, Hartman compares Biblical with Talmudic Judaism. In biblical religion, gratification and punishment are immediate. By contrast, the Talmud states that in this world there is no reward or punishment for observing commandments.
*In his essay on "The Joy of Torah", Hartman explains not just Jewish law generally, but some of the more obscure Jewish laws and legends. For example, one text states that "even what a faithful discipline would in the future say in the presence of his master [was] communicated to Moses at Sinai." What does this mean? That every creative moment flows out of the original creative moment at Sinai. Similarly, in a later essay Hartman explains the rabbinic comparison of anger to idolatry, writing that rage precludes the appreciation of a reality beyond oneself- "the existential condition necessary for encountering God."
*In his "Letter to A Reform Rabbi" Hartman, an Orthodox rabbi, suggests that Israel would actually benefit from vibrant Conservative and Reform movements. He writes that because Reform Judaism is a non-halakhic movement (i.e. not bound by traditional Jewish law), it can serve the broader cause of Judaism in other ways- for example, by "free[ing] Jews from their embarrassment in talking about God", by criticizing the idolatrous equation of Judaism with national loyalty, and by focusing on the broader values underlying halacha.Read more ›
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A welcome addition to the Jewish library. Excellent insights on boundaries, pluralism and diversity within the Jewish world. Excellent.Published 18 months ago by Rabbi Beth
This a book with an interesting concept. The author an Orthodox rabbi believes that all of the various sects of Judaism can be accommodated by what they have in common. I don'tPublished on March 28, 2014 by GeorgeR