Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Origins of Modern Jewish Thought Reading Plan

Texts, Podcasts and Videos Links to Click

Michael Chabon

Judah HaLevi
Moses Maimonides
Jewish Identity: Tribe or Peoplehood?  A closed or open community?

The enduring dynamic tension.
Baruch Spinoza

Moses Mendelssohn

Samson Raphael Hirsch

Responses to Modernity.  The evolution of Judaisms.
Session 3

Rav Kook Readings 
Rav Isaac Kook

Ze’ev Jabotinsky
Martin Buber

David Ben Gurion

Ben Gurion/Jacob Blaustein 
Imagining the Jewish State.  What happens when imagination becomes power?  Whose vision prevails? What are the dreams of Zion and where did they come from?
Session 4

Irving (Yitz) Greenberg 

Judaism and Modernity

The whole monograph is great, however, we will focus on pages 27-29, "The Impact of the Holocaust."

Greenberg: Principles of Pluralism

David Hartman 

Auschwitz or Sinai

David Hartman's Controversial Essay


“Cloud of Smoke, Pillar of Fire: Judaism, Christianity, and Modernity After the Holocaust”

Wyschogrod's Response to Greenberg

Irving (Yitz) Greenberg 
David Hartman 
Memory and Meaning.

Modern Jewish thought and identity wrestles with the Shoah and its impacts.
Session 5

Prologue to The Sabbath


The Way of Man Read "Here Where One Stands"


From The Thirteen Petalled Rose, read "The Search for Oneself" 

The Thirteen Petalled Rose - The Search for Oneself

Rabbi Green on the need for a
Personal Theology - Arthur Green

This podcast is an excellent introduction to the Kabbalah and an opportunity to hear Rabbi Green's voice and feel his personality.

Podcast: Arthur Green's 'Guide' Delves into Kabbalah on Fresh Air

This is a great and personal Green podcast:

Judaism Unbound

Abraham Joshua Heschel
Martin Buber
Adin Steinsaltz 

Menachem Mendel Schneerson

Arthur Green
Neo-Hasidism.  The greatest movement in modern Jewish history is the least understood.

Rachel Adler
Judith Plaskow
Blu Greenberg 
The Great Awakening and Sexual Revolution.  

Part 1
Session 7

New Voices in the Siddur
Adrienne Rich, Grace Paley, Marge Piercy, Chana Bloch, Debbie Friedman, Yehuda Amichai, Shlomo Carlebach
The Great Awakening and Sexual Revolution.  

Part 2.  
The Autonomous Jew

Richard Siegel
Arnold Eisen
Benay Lappe
Post-Modernisms.  Are we seeing the beginning of the end of the post-WW2 era and the creation of a new Jewish community?

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