Judaism, Human Values, and the Jewish State by Yeshayahu Leibowitz
Yeshayahu Leibowitz, a biochemist by profession, has been a multidisciplinary lecturer through the inclination and power since the early 1940s, one of the most vehement critics of Israeli culture and…
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Yeshayahu Leibowitz, a biochemist by profession, has been a multidisciplinary lecturer through the inclination and power since the early 1940s, one of the most vehement critics of Israeli culture and politics. His direct involvement, bold leitmotifs, and sharp criticism have created his constant importance for Israeli and contemporary Jewish intellectual life.
These powerful articles, first published in English, cover the ground that Leibowitz has written over time with moral rigor and political insight. It considers the essence and nature of historical Judaism, the problems of contemporary Judaism and Judaism, the relationship of Judaism to Christianity, the issues of statehood, religion, politics in Israel, and the role of women.
Together, these essays constitute a comprehensive critique of Israeli society and politics and a precise diagnosis of the distress of contemporary Jewish culture. Leibowitz's understanding of Jewishphilosophy is acute, and he brings it to influence current issues.
He argues that the law, Halakhah, is necessary for Judaism and shows how, at present, separation of religion from state serves the interest of taking into account the legitimacy and pride of religion. Leibowitz calls for religious justification for "pagan" national issues, and this phenomenon is at the root of many of the accompanying moves by the State of Israel.
He is one of the most outspoken critics of the Israeli occupation of the occupied territories, and he gives a loud voice to his continuing concern over the moral ramifications of his policies and practices on Israel itself. This translation will bring to the English-speaking public a clear and desirable perspective on the current and future state of Jewish culture..
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