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Democracy and the Halakhah : Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs/Center for Jewish Commun - Eliezer Schweid

Democracy and the Halakhah

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs/Center for Jewish Commun

By: Eliezer Schweid, Daniel J. Elazar (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: April 1994
ISBN: 9780819194305
Number Of Pages: 186

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Eliezer Schweid in Democracy and the Halakhah analyzes the writings of Rabbi Haim Hirschensohn, one of the early Hebrew cultural pioneers who laid the foundation for the Zionist enterprise. Born in Safed Eretz Israel in 1857, Hirschensohn was pushed out of the fanatic Ashkenazi religious community and ended up as an Orthodox rabbi in Hoboken, New Jersey. His writings focus on finding a philosophic basis that could reconcile the Torah with the transformation forced upon the Jewish people by modernity so as to come out with a coherent systematic system of political thought that could encompass both. Co-published with the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

Hirschensohn undertook one of the most comprehensive efforts of anyone to demonstrate how the traditional Torah and modern democracy went hand-in-hand, and as such could, and indeed must, serve as the foundation for the restored Jewish national home. In this rich little volume, Professor Schweid indicates how Rabbi Hirschensohn was not afraid to tackle the most difficult questions posed by modernity, nor did he fail to provide bold and daring responses to them from inside the system of Jewish law.--Daniel J. Elazar

ISBN: 9780819194305
ISBN-10: 0819194301
Series: Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs/Center for Jewish Commun
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 186
Published: April 1994
Publisher: UNIV PR OF AMER
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19  x 1.09
Weight (kg): 0.28