Renewing the Covenant: A Theology for...

Renewing the Covenant presents the first systematic statement of theology since Abraham J. Heschel set forth his distinctive, comprehensive philosophy of Judaism. This unique book will long be discussed by thoughtful readers.

PREFACE xiii that my certainties- of- disbelief make less sense than the inconclu-siveness- of- my- faith. In any case, I find many writers speak more authoritatively and illuminatingly about doubting than I can— though I not infrequently feel that some indulge themselves in the romanti-cism of unbelief. Few Jews write about what they personally believe, and far fewer give their reasons for believing it. I feel I can be more useful to the Jewish community by sharing what I affirm. Sensitive readers will recognize that the ceaseless casuistry of this book testi-fies to my a posteriori doubt about whether I am being true and responsible. I have, as it were, borrowed the German social philoso-pher Jürgen Habermas’s hermeneutic of suspicion and shifted it from his social to my personal context in order to be as honest and faith-ful as I can about what my Jewish faith does and does not contain and entail. This book serves as a testimony to the life and good works of Ilona Samek and is the first project of the institute established in her name at the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion for special activities in the fields of theology and liturgy. Ilona Samek was a refugee from Central Europe who rebuilt her life in the United States and, after her death, left a substantial portion of her estate to carry on these Jewish religious activities. I am deeply grateful to my old friend, George Lotker, who, as a fellow lover of philosophy, was the intermediary for the establishment of the Ilona Samek Institute. May its works be a proper tribute to her memory and bring George much satisfaction. I have been the happy beneficiary of Sheila Segal’s sensitive read-ing of my manuscript and her judicious editorial suggestions for its improvement. Her warm reception of my suggestion that this book be written and her kindly insistence that I use it to take my thought as far forward as I could spurred me to do more in this effort than I originally thought possible. I am greatly in her debt. It is also a pleas-ure to acknowledge here my happy experience in working with the staff of the Jewish Publication Society charged with various responsibilites related to this volume. They have given me a cordial reception and thoughtful guidance and I am grateful indeed to them. Over the years I have been intimately conscious that what I have been able to accomplish in my life or work has involved the goodness of God as much as anything I might have brought to them. The period in which I worked on this book had its special trials and so it is with even fuller than usual gratitude that my ultimate ac-knowledgment is to God, and I say with the Psalmists   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

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Front MatterBOOKS BY EUGENE B. BOROWITZTitle Page: Renewing the CovenantCopyright PageDedication PageContentsPrefaceIntroduction: The History That Shapes UsPromise, Fulfillment, Destruction, RebuildingSegregation Becomes EqualityThe Survival of the Modern in the Postmodern SpiritWhat Truth Demands Our Mediating Stance?Jewish Religious Experience in Our Time1 Modernization: The Secular MessiahSeparating the Secular from the SacredJudaism for the University-Trained MindFrom German Philosophical Idealism to American NaturalismA Judaism of the Whole Person: ExistentialismThe Jewish Ambivalence of Personal Autonomy2 Modernity: The BetrayerLosing Morality's Religious and Philosophical BasisPostmodernity: An Intuition Seeking Self-understandingBeyond the Self, Even to FundamentalismHeschel, Precursor of Jewish PostmodernityThe Postmodern Resistance to OrthodoxiesA Preliminary Indication of My Religious Stance3 Through the Shadowed ValleyBreaking the Barriers to Debating the HolocaustRubenstein's Death-of-God ChallengeRejecting God's Management of HistoryDenying the Qualitative Uniqueness of the HolocaustOur Good God, Limited or Inscrutable?The Latent Content of the Holocaust DebatesHuman Tzimtzum Makes a Place for GodThe Corollary Ethnic Turn of the Postmodern SensibilityDoes God Still Have a Role in Jewish Particularity?The Postmodern Integrity of Folk and FaithAs We Move to a New Secular MillenniumThe Modern in the PostmodernThe Particular Self That Undertakes This EffortA Postliberal Theology of Jewish Duty I4 God-Israel-Torah: Our Holistic ContextWhat is the Characteristic Jewish Interest in God?The First Criterion: Mandating Jewish DutyThe Second Criterion: Shaping Sacred CommunityThe Third Criterion: Validating a Commanding PietyLiving Experience: The Ultimate ArbiterFour Paradigms for Structuring Jewish Belief(1) The revelation-dominated paradigm of Heschel.(2) The rationalistic model of Cohen and Baeck.(3) Kaplan's socially based philosophy.(4) The Buberian model of the mediating self.The Key to a Fifth Model: The Notion of the Jewish Self5 Not Absolutely AbsoluteThe Weak Absolute in Modern Jewish ThoughtThe Downward Philosophical Career of the AbsoluteSecular Jewish Surrogates for a Religious AbsoluteCan Our Reaction to the Holocaust Be Our Absolute?Where Is the Ultimate Ground for Our Commitments?6 More then ImmanentRationalism's Strategy: God as Logically Necessary IdeaFeeling and Ethnicity as Surrogates for FaithReligiosity as Aesthetics or Behavioral PatternsIs Piety Good Relationships or Deep Self-Knowledge?Mysticism, the Communion of the Self and the OneWords and Symbols for the IneffableOf Continuity, Duty, and Serenity, and Shaping a Life7 Reaching for TranscendenceMoving Back from a Functional God to a Real GodThe Rationality of the Concept of TranscendenceAuthorizing Duty without Debasing AnyoneWhat Do We Mean by Transcendence?The Varieties of Experiencing the TranscendentBuber's Version of Transcendence in RelationshipsThe Lesson of Heschel's Strong Teaching of Transcendence8 Sparks: The Transcendent in the EverydayIn Search of a Jewish Rumor of AngelsBrushing up against the Sacred in Ordinary LifeRecognize the Signals amid the StaticEvading the Transcendent via Jewish EducationUltimately, What Else Powers Jewish Duty?9 The Who/What of GodSince Evil Is Real, God Cannot Be GoodAnother Approach to a Neutral GodGod, the Grounding Premise of GoodnessRadically Limiting God's PowerThe Limited, Real God of Process ThoughtFrom Rational to Nonrational Notions of God's NatureRosenzweig and Buber's Personalistic Views of GodThe Exalted, before Whom Questions Become Silence10 What Does God Still Do?Demythologizing Science as True ExplanationGod, the Agent of CreationCohen and Rosenzweig: Two Philosophical ApproachesTwo Experiential Approaches to CreationCohen and Kaplan: God's Revelation as Human InsightWhat Does an Independent God Reveal?Overcoming the Scandal of a God Who ChoosesBuber and HescheFs Understanding of God the ChooserThe Great Jewish Silence about RetributionA Personal Effort to Break the SilenceHumanizing the Ultimate Jewish HopeOur Experience of the God Who Saves UsA Postliberal Theology of Jewish Duty II11 What Can We Do about Our Will-to-Do-Evil?Trusting the Self to Be the Measure of All ThingsApproaching Hope Pragmatically and PoliticallyTransposing the Optimism to PsychotherapyThe Hopefulness of Jewish ExistentialismThe Rabbis, Premoderns as PostmodernsThe Nearness of Dualism in Heschel's NeokabbalismCombining Mystical Realism and Ethical ActivismThe Rift Within, the Snake Without12 The Social Side of SelfhoodPersonal Autonomy as the Heart of EthicsSocial Surrogates for Reason as the Self's Moral GuideThe Existentialist Ambivalence about the SelfWhat Can Rationalism Now Say to the Sovereign Self?The Related Self: Individual, Yet SocialFrom the Related Self to the Jewish Self13 Fully Human, Fully JewishParticularity: From Subordinate to PartnerJudaism Now Mandates My UniversalismParticularity, the Necessary Ground ofUniversalism TodayMany Religions: An Argument against All Particularity?The Perils of Explaining ParticularityThe Interplay of the Particular and the Universal14 The Sparks of ChosennessEquality, Contemporary Jewry's Great PassionIf Everyone Is Equal, How Can We Be Special?Can Our Beliefs Support Chosenness?Tracking the Benefits and the Difficulties of ChosennessFlashes of Chosenness amid Our Secularized Existence15 Covenant, Not ChosennessTwo Early Efforts to Fashion a Rationalistic ParticularismA Third Solution: Redefining Judaism SociologicallyWhat Depth of Value Adheres to Jewish Particularity?The Shift to the Mutuality of PartnershipThe Necessity and Limits of IndividualismToward a Jewish SelfhoodThis Concept Helps Us Understand Jewish Life TodayThe Covenantal Basis of the Rabbis' Uncommon Logic16 The Dialectic of Living in CovenantThe Group's Rightful Authority over Autonomous SelvesThe Special Responsibilities of Religious GroupsGod's Uniqueness Demands a Universal HorizonThe Sovereign God and the Proper Authority of NationsThe Unique Character of the Nation Covenanted to GodThe Theological Context of Jewish PoliticsA Postliberal Theology of Jewish Duty III17 When God DominatesThe Social Causes behind the Turn to FundamentalismsThe Orthodoxies' Limited ToleranceThe Positive Consequences of Finite Religious KnowledgeWhat Legislative Power Properly Rests in the People?What Role Shall We Grant to the Rights of Conscience?How Broad Our Vision? How Deep Our Tradition?Our Clashing Views over the Torah's AuthorshipShould Our Religion Be Segregated from All Else We Know?18 When Community Takes PriorityTaking Our Jewishness SeriouslyGiving the Authoritative Self Covenantal ObligationKaplan's Effort to Empower the Jewish CommunityCan Kaplan's Community Command Us?When Ethics Outranks Critical Folk NeedsThe Need for a Theological Theory19 Knowing What God Wants of UsCritiques of the Relational MetaphorMight Objects Disclose God to Us?Is There Direct, Unprocessed Apprehension?Prerational, Personal Religious ExperienceCan We Be Certain Now or Tomorrow?Can Personal Relationship Provide for Social Ethics?Can Relational Revelation Mandate Steady Jewish Action?20 The Jewish SelfThe Truth and the Limits of Secular SelfhoodCan the Noahide Self Take JewishParticularity Seriously?Five Premises for Jewish DutyCommunity, Tradition, and Messianic HopeThe Compelling Selfhood of the Jewish SelfAn Odd but Instructive CaseExercising Responsibility as a Jewish Self: Four InstancesAfterwordGlossaryTwo Bibliographical NotesIndex
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