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A Heart of Many Rooms: Celebrating the Many Voices Within Judaism

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"This work is not addressed only to scholars of Judaism or theologians, but also, and primarily, to all Jews and non-Jews who would like to share the thoughts and struggles of a person who loves Torah and Halakhah, who is committed to helping make room for and celebrate the religious and cultural diversity present in the modern world, and who believes that a commitment to ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Jewish Lights Publishing
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Michael Lewyn
Oct 21, 2014 Michael Lewyn rated it it was amazing
Most (but not all) of the essays in this excellent book have something to do with Zionism or with relations between different religious streams (mostly, but not entirely, within Judaism). Hartman was a moderate religious Zionist in politics and a moderate Orthodox Jew in religion. Some of the more interesting points:

*In the introduction, Hartman compares Biblical with Talmudic Judaism. In biblical religion, gratification and punishment are immediate. By contrast, the Talmud states that in this w
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Robert Winer
Jul 20, 2016 Robert Winer rated it really liked it
On my second read now, reflecting upon the content and writing my thoughts. I highly recommend that everyone who is serious about modern Jewry read Hartman, who certainly is his own person -a deeply spiritual / religious heart-felt thinker, whose ideas reached significantly into the Reform and Conservative communities, though he himself was originally a disciple of the highly influential modern Orthodox theologian, revered rav, and Diltheyite Joseph B. Soloveitchik (IMO, his most significant ...more
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Apr 07, 2010 Jsavett1 rated it really liked it
This is another brilliant Hartman book celebrating the differing viewpoints in Judaism regarding God, mitzvah, Israel and Providence. It includes a chapter detailing the thought of Yeshayahu Leibowitz and one on Abraham Joshua Heschel; the two couldn't be any more different in their apporaches but Hartman succeeds in bringing their ideas into discussion with one another in his always open-minded and thoughtful way. The book is also valuable because it contains a rare straightforward explanation ...more
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