The Vision of Judaism: Wrestling with God

The Vision of Judaism: Wrestling with God

The Vision of Judaism: Wrestling with God

The Vision of Judaism: Wrestling with God

Synopsis

Does Judaism have a future? In this new book Dan Cohn-Sherbok provides an overview of the central beliefs and practices of the past, and offers a new vision of Judaism for the future.

What is now required is a radical reinterpretation of the faith for modern Jews struggling to make sense of their religious heritage.Throughout the history of the Jewish nation, Jews have piously kept the covenant. Dedicated to God, they have seen themselves as His chosen people. Yet, from biblical times they have also challenged God. The tradition of wrestling with God begins with Jacob's confrontation with a divine messenger at the ford of the Jabbok river. Here Jacob struggled with God and thereby became Isr'l. The Jewish people collectively are Isr'l ('he who wrestles with God').

From biblical times to the present, religious Jews have struggled to make sense of God's nature and action in the light of contemporary knowledge. This book which presents a new vision of Judaism for the 21st century stands in this tradition.

Excerpt

Throughout the history of the Jewish nation, Jews have piously kept the covenant. Dedicated to God, they have seen themselves as his chosen people. Yet, from biblical times they have also challenged God. The tradition of wrestling with God begins with Jacob’s confrontation with a divine messenger at the ford of the Jabbok river. According to the Book of Genesis, Jacob was left alone, and an angel battled with him until the break of day:

When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he
touched the hollow of his thigh; and Jacob’s thigh was put out
of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for
the day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go, un
less you bless me.” And he said to him, “What is your name?”
And he said, “Jacob.” Then he said, “Your name shall no more

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