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By Barry L. Schwartz

ISBN-10: 0827611315

ISBN-13: 9780827611313

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Ever considering Abraham’s recognized argument with God, Judaism has been filled with debate. Moses and Korah, David and Nathan, Hillel and Shammai, the Vilna Gaon and the Ba’al Shem Tov, Spinoza and the Amsterdam Rabbis . . . the record is going on. Jews debate justice, authority, inclusion, spirituality, resistance, evolution, Zionism, and extra. No ask yourself that Judaism cherishes the expression machloket l’shem shamayim, “an argument for the sake of heaven.”

In this concise yet very important survey, Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz offers the provocative and colourful thesis that discuss and disputation will not be basically inspired inside Judaism yet dwell on the very middle of Jewish background and theology. In his swish, enticing, and inventive prose, Schwartz offers an advent to an highbrow historical past of Judaism in the course of the artwork of argumentation.

Beyond their ancient value, what makes those disputations so compelling is that almost them all, despite their epochs, are nonetheless being argued. Schwartz builds the case that the root of Judaism is a sequence of unresolved instead of resolved arguments.
Drawing on basic resources, and with just a little poetic license, Schwartz reconstructs the genuine or imagined discussion of ten nice debates after which analyzes their value and legacy. This parade of characters spanning 3 millennia of biblical, rabbinic, and glossy disputation displays the landscape of Jewish historical past with its enormous political, moral, and religious demanding situations.

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