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By Norbert M. Samuelson

The ebook is split into 3 sections. the 1st presents a common old evaluate for the Jewish proposal that follows. the second one summarizes the diversity of easy different types of well known, confident Jewish dedication within the 20th century. The 3rd and significant part summarizes the fundamental considered these glossy Jewish philosophers whose idea is technically the easiest and/or the main influential in Jewish highbrow circles. The Jewish philosophers lined contain Spinoza, Mendelssohn, Hermann Cohen, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, Mordecai Kaplan, and Emil Fackenheim.

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They dedicated their lives to effecting this transition of possible worlds. However, they did not agree either among communities or among the members of a given community what they should do in order so speed the transition. Underlying their disagreements was the ambiguity of the accepted principle of the imitation of God (Imitatio Dei) which in this case meant the principle of the imitation of the Messiah. All of them agreed that their duty was to imitate the HASIDUT * or piety of the Messiah, but in what way should they imitate him?

01 subject : Philosophy, Jewish--History--19th century, Philosophy, Jewish--History--20th century, Judaism--History--Modern period, 1750- , Rosenzweig, Franz,--1886-1929. An Introduction to Modern Jewish Philosophy SUNY Series in Jewish Philosophy Kenneth Seeskin, Editor An Introduction to Modern Jewish Philosophy Norbert M. Samuelson STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK PRESS Published by State University of New York Press, Albany © 1989 State University of New York All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permision except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews.

419-305. Specific Milton Aron, Ideas and Ideals of the Hassidim *. New York: The Citadel Press, 1969. Don Ben-Amos, In Praise of the Ba'al Shem Tov. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1970. David Biale, Gershom Scholem: Kabbalah and Counter History. : Harvard University Press, 1979. Martin Buber, The Legend of the Baal-Shem. Translated into English by Maurice Friedman. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1955. Tales of the Hasidim: The Early Masters. New York: Schocken, 1947. Samuel Dresner, Levi Yizhak of Berditchev.

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