Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995) is widely acknowledged as one of the great Jewish thinkers of the 20th century, yet during his lifetime he refused the label "Jewish philosopher," insisting that he was a philosopher tout court. The Twilight of Jewish Philosophy explores the relationship between Levinas' ethical philosophy & his understanding of Judaism. The first chapter focuses on the face-to-face or ethical relation, as it is presented in Totality & Infinity. Subsequent chapters show how this quasi-phenomenological account of the ethical relation provides the orientation for Levinas' approach to interpreting the texts of both Judaism & western thought, his "ethical hermeneutics." Through close readings of his major texts, the significance of key terms in Levinas' discourse - particularly "humanism," "God" & "Judaism" - is clarified. Finally, the author examines the writings that constitute Levinasi most distinctive contribution to Jewish thought: his talmudic commentaries.