Category Archives: Judaism

Are Jews Waiting For The Messiah?

Marc B. Shapiro writes: In response to R. Bergman’s point, about the need to actively wait for the Messiah, R. Steinman replies that no one fulfills this, namely, no one is really waiting for the Messiah. My understanding of what … Continue reading

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Tradition in Transition: Orthodoxy, Halakhah, and the Boundaries of Modern Jewish Identity

Marc B. Shapiro writes circa 1992: Hildesheimer came down firmly on the side of Orthodoxy. In his mind, Frankel, Graetz, and other professors at Breslau were heretics. Not only was Frankel a meshumad—which made him even worse than an apikores—but … Continue reading

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Judaism & The Trinity

Marc B. Shapiro writes: Throughout Jewish literature one can find any number of explanations as to how the notion of the Trinity is in direct opposition to Jewish teachings, since Judaism demands a simple, unified God. There is no doubt … Continue reading

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Jacob Neusner: An American Jewish Iconoclast

One day circa 1992, my dad, who self-published over 40 books, brought me a brochure with books on Judaism and hundreds of the books were by Jacob Neusner. We couldn’t get over it. We’d never known anyone that productive. One … Continue reading

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Jewish Tradition and the Challenge of Darwinism (2008)

Here are some highlights from this 2008 book: * The theory of evolution has provided a profound intellectual challenge to religion over the past century and a half. Yet most studies of the impact and significance of evolution for religion … Continue reading

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