ABOUT
PROGRAMS
STUDY WITH US
RESOURCES
NEWS VOICES
iENGAGE PUBLICATIONS
SUPPORT CONTACT
    Publications   Books by Donniel Hartman  
Books by Donniel Hartman 
Books by David Hartman 
Books by Hartman Scholars 
Kogod Library of Judaic Studies 
Video Lecture Series 
JUDAISM AND MODERNITY
RELIGIOUS PLURALISM
JEWISH AND DEMOCRATIC ISRAEL
JEWISH PEOPLEHOOD
JUDAISM AND THE WORLD
 
 
 
Judaism and the Challenges of Modern Life
By Donniel Hartman

This collection of essays, authored by scholars of the Shalom Hartman Institute, addresses three critical challenges posed to Judaism by modernity - the challenge of ideas, the challenge of diversity, and the challenge of statehood - and provides insights and ideas for the future direction of Judaism.
 
Much more than a particular period in world history, modernity has fundamentally transformed how we think and live, and especially how we understand and relate to religious traditions. As the "ghetto walls" have fallen, both empirically and metaphorically, Judaism is compelled to compete in an open marketplace of ideas. Jews can no longer count on an assumedly necessary Jewish identity or commitment, nor on the rallying force of anti-Semitism to ensure an individual and collective sense of belonging. Rather Jewish moral, spiritual and historical values and ideas must be read with new eyes and challenged to address modernity's proliferating array of questions and realities.
 
The pertinent questions modern Jewry faces are how to embrace modernity as Jews and what such an embrace means for the meaning and future of Jewish life. Providing readers with new insights into Judaism and the Jewish people in contemporary times, the collection explores a wide range of issues that includes: the significance of Israel for the future of Judaism; the Jewish people as a people; the relationship between monotheism and violence; revelation and ethics; Judaism and the feminist challenge; and Judaism and homosexuality.
 
Table of Contents
 
Introduction, Donniel Hartman
 
Part I: The Challenge of Ideas
Judaism and the Challenges of Science, Menachem Fisch
Tradition and Legal Change, Zvi Zohar
Tradition, Continuity and Change, Vered Noam
Revelation and Ethics, Donniel Hartman
Traditional Judaism and the Feminist Challenge, Chanah Safari
The Changing Status of Women in Liberal Judaism: A Reflective Critique, Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi
Judaism, Feminism and Homosexuality, Jonathan Malino and Tamar Malino
 
Part II: The Challenge of Diversity
The Religious Significance of Pluralism, David Hartman
Monotheism and Violence, Moshe Halbertal
Who is a Jew: Membership and Admission Policies in the Jewish Community, Donniel Hartman
The Anomalies of Jewish Political Identity, Michael Walzer
 
Part III: The Challenge of Statehood

 
 
Sign up to receive updates