By Adam Zachary Newton
The Fence and the Neighbor lines the contours of 2 thinkers, Emmanuel Levinas and Yeshayahu Leibowitz, who crossed the divide among Talmud and philosophy right. Adam Zachary Newton indicates how the query of nationalism that has see you later haunted Western philosophy the query of who belongs inside its fence, and who open air has lengthy been the worry of Jewish concept and its preoccupation with legislation, limits, and where of Israel one of the international locations. to these unexpected with Talmudic concept Newton indicates how deeply its language and issues form Levinas. He additionally bargains an advent to Leibowitz, a conservative spiritual philosopher who used to be an outspoken gadfly and greatly severe voice within the Israeli political scene. jointly, their universal beginning in Jewish jap Europe, a typical crisis with nationwide allegiance, and the typical fence of spiritual Judaism that makes them highbrow associates are voiced in penetrating and unique dialogue."
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The splendor of antiquity and the brilliance of the eschaton envelop halakhic man's time consciousness. We have here a blurring of the boundaries dividing time from eternity, temporal life from everlasting life. (118)3 Halakhic man, in other words, experiences the passage of time from within a Hebrew calendar, where every seventh day, he steps into the rhythms of eternity, and where months draw the meanings from the holidays and memorials they embrace. But halakhic man, as fleshed out by R. Soloveitchik, is at the same time something of a composite, partaking to different degrees of two counterfigures the author calls, respectively, "homo religiosus" (the transcendentalist religious personality), and "cognitive man" (the modern warrior of science).
It is in another of Fackenheim's writings, opportunely enough, that I came upon a second anecdote shortly after I made the Levinas connection, that, while more frank in its naming of names, more galvanic in its drama, and more Jewish in its accents-and thus altogether, more Jewish-affords me the same advantage of ushering onto the stage the other figure whose formidable presence will loom over this book. Yeshayahu Leibowitz asserted that what mattered was the survival of Judaism, not that of Jews.
For what purpose, then, was his law written? Expound it and receive a reward! R. Soloveitchik quotes this passage from tractate Sanhedrin in the Talmud to emphasize the gap between the ideal world as textually constructed by Torah and the empirical world as halakhic man finds it, an incongruence that in no way diminishes the task assigned him: to realize the world halakhically until such time as it assumes its "full and complete realization ... " Until then, when the Temple is rebuilt and redemption is at hand, the "era when the Halakha will shine in all its majesty and beauty, in the midst of our empirical world," halakhic man measures, and he longs.
The Fence and the Neighbor: Emmanuel Levinas, Yeshayahu Leibowitz, and Israel Among the Nations by Adam Zachary Newton