Sadly millions of Jews have left the faith. Others venture forth only hesitantly into a synagogue, now a bastion of fossilized ritual and conspicuous consumption. These millions needed more from the orthodoxy, and this book attempts to show them the way back by giving renewed life to the heritages of Judaism, and, consequently, to its meaning for the modern world. Judaism’s Promise argues for a return to the synagogue’s originating Hellenistic commitment «to come together» in intellectual and moral study. As Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan argued, Judaism must once more become in the 20–21st century the civilization that it once represented to the wider world, and not a fossilized ceremonialism.
Notes Chapter two: Sources for the Religious 1. Finkelstein, L. 1955. “Jewish Religion: Its Beliefs and Practices,” in The Jews: Their History, Culture and Religion, ed., L. Finkelstein, New York: Harper & Bros., pp. 1386–1387. 2. Itzkoff, S. W. 2000. The Inevitable Domination by Man: An Evolutionary Detective Story, Ashfield, MA: Paideia. 3. Marshack, A. 1972. The Roots of Civilization, London: Weidenfield and Nicolson. 4. Cassirer, E. 1929/1957. The Philosophy of Symbolic Forms, Vol. III, New Haven, CT: Yale Univ. Press, p. 90. 5. Charvat, P. 2002. Mesopotamia before History, New York: Routledge, pp. 158–159. 6. Bottero, J. 1992. Mesopotamia. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, p. 193. 7. Postgate, J. N. 1992. Early Mesopotamia, London: Routledge, p. 299. Chapter three: Torah/Law 1. Urbach, E. E. 1989. “Torah,” Judaism: A People and Its History, ed., by R. Seltzer, New York: Macmillan, p. 85. 2. Urbach, op. cit., p. 86. 3. Two excellent sources with which to identify the various strands of biblical tradition, i.e., who wrote what with regard to which group of writers wrote what: Gottwald, Norman. 1985. The Hebrew Bible, A Socio-Literary Introduction, Philadelphia: Fortress Press; Friedman, R. E. 1987/1997. Who Wrote the Bible? San Francisco: Summit/Harper. Itzkoff_Book.indb 201 23/10/12 5:43 PM 202 | judaism’s promise, meeting the challenge of modernity 4. Cowley, Arthur E. “Hebrew Literature,” in Encyclopedia Britannica, op. cit., 11th ed., Vol. 13, p. 169; Gordis, Robert, in Finkelstein, Louis, ed., 1955. The Jews: Their History, Culture, and Religion, 2 vols., New York: Harper...
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