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The Rabbinic Mind
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The Rabbinic Mind

Publisher: JTSA PRESS
Publication Date: 2011
Original Publication Date: 1952
Subject: Judaism
Category: Jewish identity
Number of Pages: 448

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This book is concerned chiefly with the wider aspects of the rabbinic mind. It discusses such problem as the transmission of social values, the integration of the self, and the relation of the self to society. It treats of such topics as the category of significance, indeterminacy of belief, normal mysticism, the commomplace and the holy, rabbinic dogma, and the relation of rabbinic thought to philosophy. The sources on which these discussions are based are drawn from both the Haggadah and the Halakah.
About author
Max Kadushin
Max Kadushin (1895-1980) was ordained by The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1920 and earned a Doctor of Hebrew Letters there in 1932. From 1921 to 1926 he was rabbi of Congregation B'nai Israel of Washington Heights in New York City. Next, Kadushin went to Chicago, where he was rabbi of Humboldt Boulevard Temple, a congregation composed of Hungarian immigrants, from 1926 to 1931. While in Chicago Kadushin helped found the Midwest Council of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, an institution of the Reconstructionist Movement.

In 1931 Kadushin left Chicago for the University of Wisconsin, where he served as rabbi of the Hillel Foundation until 1942. From 1942 to 1952 he was director of the Hebrew High School of Greater New York, later known as the Marshaliah Hebrew High School. During the next several years he served two congregations in the New York area, the Bay Shore Jewish Center of Long Island, 1953-1954, and Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale, Bronx, New York, 1954-1958. From 1958 to 1960 Kadushin was professor of midrash and homiletics at the Academy for Higher Jewish Learning in New York City.

In 1960 Kadushin was invited to become visiting professor in ethics and rabbinic thought at The Jewish Theological Seminary. He held this position from 1960 to 1980, the year of his death.

What is the relation of the individual to society? What kind of ideas make both for the stabilization of society and for the expression of the self? At least partial answers can be given when we discover the nature of values.
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