The Philosophical Quest: Of Philosophy, Ethics, Law and Halakhah

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This volume includes discussions of the axiological principles of faith that define the essence of Judaism, analyses of particular principles such as the nature of the Deity, providence, prophecy and revelation. Other topics addressed are tikkun olam and Jewish responsibilities in a non-Jewish society and obligations derived from natural law or a moral conscience.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Koren Publishers Jerusalem (December 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592643434
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592643431
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

Customer Reviews

An opinion of what Orthodox Jews should believe

7 people found this helpful.
 on December 14, 2013
By Israel Drazin
Rabbi J. David Bleich offers readers his opinion of what Orthodox Jews should believe. He states that the idea that Judaism is a religion that is not based on dogmas is wrong; “it is a gross error to assume (that Judaism’s stress to observe commandments) is accompanied by a diminution of obligation with regard to belief.” He writes: “The concept of the Messiah is one example of a fundamental principle of belief” despite the fact that it is not in the Torah, originated a couple of centuries BCE, and “there existed a legitimate divergence of opinion” about it. Another principle is: “Recognition of the existence of the Deity (which) entails acknowledgment of His authority over us.”

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