The Binding of Isaac, Religious Murders & Kabbalah: Seeds of Jewish Extremism and Alienation?

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Devora Publishing, 2005 - 463 pages
In a series of evocative, groundbreaking articles, the author analyzes the Biblical and Rabbinic basis for what surely are now some of the most hotly debated topics in Jewish religious thought today. These include how the traditional interpretation of the Binding of Isaac has been misapplied in both Christian theology and Jewish martyrology, and how the centuries-long, and newly resurgent belief in mysticism and messianism, in kabbalah and Hasidism, has distorted classical Judaism and thwarted its national and cultural development. The author counters the arguments of those who see Judaism's – and the world's – newfound obsession with mysticism and kabbalah as a natural outgrowth of a progressive trend within rabbinic Judaism, and warns of the impending danger of rejecting the very core of Jewish thought and opinion as it was expounded in the Torah and classical Jewish tradition (the Oral Law). Each section of this magnificent work will give the reader new insights into how different aspects of Judaism have evolved and why they have often been in contention with each other. Nor is he afraid to deal with some of the supercharged issues within Judaism, such as, what are the underlying premises of Jewry's claim to the Divinely Promised Land? And has this claim been affected by its failure to pursue an active program of nationalism? These highly acclaimed articles have been gleaned from today's leading Jewish journals and have stood the test of time. They contain valuable source material and are a ready reference to the many historical and religious topics that are the focus of discussion across all main Jewish denominations.

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Contents

General Introduction
11
The Binding of Isaac Akedah
27
God Tests Abraham Abraham Tests God 1993
59
Thoughts on Reading the Akedah Again 2002
79
Exegesis
95
The Tragedy of Jephthah 2000
109
From Destruction to Dispersion 2003
154
History
173
Kabbalistic Feminism in Agnons Betrothed 1993
301
Kafkas Quest for Jewish Identity 1991
321
B Singer and His Predecessors 1990
347
A Review 1991
366
Was Yehudah Halevi Racist? 1989
374
Science
389
Secular Humanism and Creation Science in the
404
Music
415

The Court Jew in the Modern World 1997
202
Mysticism
213
A Review
276
Literature
290
Art for Whose Sake? 1987
434
May Man Bring Song to Prayer? 1987
444
Authors Biography
463
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