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    Written by Eliezer Berkovits
    Edited by David Hazony

    Softcover, 393 pages
    Shalem PressUrim Publications, 2002
    ISBN: 965-7052-03-3

    A theologian, philosopher, communal rabbi, and teacher, Eliezer Berkovits was one of the 20th century's most significant and outstanding Jewish thinkers. His writings lay out a systematic approach to the modern world that retains full respect for Jewish tradition and law.His perspective on texts, tradition, and Jewish philosophy serves as a meaningful and accessible guide for a revival of Jewish thought in our time; his ideas offer a roadmap for uniting the Jewish people, in Israel and around the world.

    A prolific writer and teacher, Berkovits produced 19 books, dozens of essays, and countless lectures. Essays on Judaism is a collection of his most seminal works, compiled and edited by Jerusalem scholar David Hazony.

    About the Author:
    Eliezer Berkovits (1908-92) was chairman of the philosophy department at Hebrew Theological College in Chicago, and is today recognized as having been one of the leading Jewish thinkers of the last century.Essential Essays on Judaism is the first anthology gathering many of Berkovits' most important writings on subjects such as morality, theology, Jewish law, Zionism and the Holocaust.

    David Hazony is a Senior Editor of Azure, a journal of Jewish history, politics, and philosophy published in Jerusalem.

    Praise for Essential Essays on Judaism:
    "One of the few truly creative and bold voices of contemporary [Judaism] is without any doubt that of Eliezer Berkovits. In his many impressive works Berkovits has donned the respective mantles of philosopher, historian, biblical scholar, religious polemicist, and scholar of Jewish law - all in order to champion his noble understanding of Jewish nationhood and Jewish faith."
    - Allan L. Nadler, Drew University

    "Berkovits...tackles different philosophical and theological questions clearly and concisely, using the wealth of talmudic resources that he controls to clarify and illuminate, and most impressively, to provide access to the inner dimensions of what Judaism is all about."
    - Charles Raffel, Yeshiva University

    "Eliezer Berkovits' halachic man has had enough of a restricting and dysfunctional a priori. Jewish law, he argues, must not be "left in heaven," but is intended for the ongoing shaping of human beings.... These are courageous stances for an Orthodox thinker to adopt."
    - Gerald Blidstein, Ben Gurion University

    "Berkovits is one of the few who has seen that the discussion of modern Jewish philosophy must be more than the history of ideas, that it must become at one and that same time more philosophical, more critical, more vital."
    - Steven T. Katz, Boston University