A Jewish Understanding of the World

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Berghahn Books, 1998 - Religion - 196 pages
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In this second volume of Liberal Jewish sermons spanning the greater part of the second half ofthe twentieth century, the author again combines a radically progressive stance with Jewish commitment and seeks to understand contemporary history from a "prophetic" point of view. His comments cover a wide range of topics, including Jewish continuity, Progressive Judaism, Zionism and the State of Israel, world events, social issues, and Jewish-Christian relations. This volume, as well as the first one, offers fascinating reading for Jews and non-Jews alike.

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Contents

Jewish Continuity
3
The Chain of Tradition
24
Progressive Judaism
38
Zionism and the State of Israel
62
War and Peace after Sputnik
99
DDay and the Spirit of Judaism
105
Welcome Back to Freedom
111
Reunification
118
Liberty to
127
Judaism and Christianity
168
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John D. Rayner (1924-2005) graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge and Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati. He was Emeritus Rabbi of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London, Hon. Life-President of the Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues, and Lecturer in Liturgy at Leo Baeck College, London.

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