The States of Jewish Belief
March 29, 2012
Jewish beliefs—from the most fervently Orthodox to the determinedly secular—are magnificently inconsistent. Is there a core Jewish belief system? If so, who create it, and who is responsible for maintaining it? And how does the system attach to individual Jewish identity construction and observance?
Art Green, Rector of the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, is recognized as one of the world’s preeminent authorities on Jewish thought and spirituality. His most recent book is Radical Judaism, published in 2010 by Yale University Press.
Allan Nadler, Director of the Drew University Jewish Studies Program, has served as rabbi of Canada’s largest and oldest traditional synagogue, Shaar Hashomayim and of Boston’s Charles River Park Synagogue. He is widely recognized for his critical analysis of Hasidic Judaism. He is currently completing a book on heresy in traditional Jewish theology.
Avi Shafran is Agudath Israel of America’s Director of Public Affairs and editor-at-large of Ami Magazine, a weekly publication serving the Orthodox Jewish community. He has written widely for the Jewish and general press and is the author of several books including Migrant Soul, the true story of a mixed-race convert to Judaism.
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