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Beyond Reasonable Doubt (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization) Paperback – 2 Jan 2014

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  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904113117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904113119
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 1.5 x 15.5 cm
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Brims with scholarship and is powerfully argued. Jacobs's mastery of the full range of Jewish religious sources legal, philosophical, and mystical is apparent on every page, and is well deployed in making his case for liberal supernaturalism as a breakthrough religious synthesis. And that case is hardly a timely one, for Jacobs is hardly alone in hungering for a form of traditionalism that can combine halakhic observance with an open intellectual outlook. Indeed, this is today the shared meeting ground of the right wing of Conservative Judaism and the left wing of the Orthodox movement. --David Singer, Commentary

A learned and compelling argument for an enlightened form of traditional Judaism . . . written in a lucid, accessible style for lay readers, who will benefit enormously from Rabbi Jacobs's honest and critical assessment of the major tendencies in contemporary Judaism . . . a major critique of Jewish fundamentalism and a compelling alternative to it.' --Allan Nadler, Forward

A very personal, and very mature and honest, statement of where I stand . --Norman Solomon, Journal of Jewish Studies

About the Author

Louis Jacobs, founding rabbi of the New London Synagogue, was a renowned scholar with an international reputation as a lecturer. He was the author of The Jewish Religion: A Companion (1995) and of many other distinguished books, several of them published by the Littman Library, including A Tree of Life (second edition 2000), Hasidic Prayer (paperback 1993), and Theology in the Responsa (paperback 2005), as well as an edition and translation of Zevi Hirsch Eichenstein s Turn Aside from Evil and Do Good (1995). He died in 2006.

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