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Leon Wieseltier & The Limits of Jewish Moralism

Especially for those of us exercised by so-called Jewish ethics, “The Sins of Leon Wieseltier” which you can read here by Joseph Epstein at the Weekly Standard is cruel and painful reading, excellent for the take down of a sexual … Continue reading

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Messianism & Moral Radicalism (After the Holocaust) (Steven Schwarzschild)

Avoiding him for years, I knew that reading Steven Schwarzschild’s Pursuit of the Ideal was going to be for me an unpleasant professional chore. He wrote an important article about “Jewish aesthetics” that appears in the volume. But that was … Continue reading

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Affect, Bodies, Virtue Ethics (Jonathan Schofer)

[[Andres Serrano, The Morgue (Jane Doe Killed by Police), 1991]] Jonathan Schofer’s Confronting Vulnerability: The Body and the Divine in Rabbinic Ethics is a uniquely beautiful and affecting book of Jewish philosophical meditation. The particular emphasis of the book is … Continue reading

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Virtue Ethics & Aesthetic Subordination (Jonathan Schofer)(Avot de Rabbi Natan)

  Jonathan Schofer is without doubt among the most insightful and sensitive theorists writing about Jewish ethics mixing perspectives drawn from rabbinic source material and contemporary philosophy. His starting point is character or virtue ethics. The Making of A Sage: … Continue reading

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Beauty, Eros, & Natural Law (David Novak)

Natural law as form of Jewish social ethics, rests on images of the imagination. That is almost the way David Novak defines it in Jewish Social Ethics, not as the “[deduction] of conclusions from the rules at hand but, rather, … Continue reading

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(Jewish Mysticism) The Non-Existence of Jewish Ethics (Joseph Dan)

Is there such a thing as Jewish ethics? Does it even exist? What if anything do Jewish mysticism and Jewish ethics have to do with each other? Does the one complement or submerge the other? In search of answers to … Continue reading

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In Search of Jewish Ethics (1970s)

I keep coming back to the 1970s in my search to find the origins of “the Jewish ethical tradition,” by which I mean ethics as an isolated and reified discourse. My own sense is that Jewish ethics rests on shallow … Continue reading

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