Judaic Philosophy

American Jewish philosophy and theology focus on a range of disparate themes. Some of these reflect classical theological problems—for instance, the nature of God, the meaning of revelation, or hopes for salvation—or momentous historical events—the Nazi Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel, chief among them. Other themes respond to challenges facing American Jewry in particular, for instance, the meaning of Jewish rituals in a secular age, ways to balance adaptation to American life with retention of Jewish identity, and strategies for Jewish education in a pluralistic religious setting. Similarly the specifically America themes of American civil religion, interfaith cooperation, and social problems dominate much of Jewish reflection.

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