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Halakhah as an Agent of Change (Hebrew)
Halakhah as an Agent of Change (Hebrew)

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Critical Studies in Philosophy of Halakhah
Author: Avinoam Rosenak
Price: $39.33
Format: Paperback
ISBN 10: 965493390X
ISBN 13: 9789654933902
Catalog Number: 9789654933902
Number of Pages: 302
Year Published: 2009

What are the considerations that move Halakhic decision makers? Which questions must they ask themselves in the process of producing a worthy ruling? How does the Halakhah contribute to the shaping of a person’s character? How can the Halakhic decision maker play a conscious rule in this process of education?

These are some of the questions raised in this book.

The book “Halakhah as an Agent of Change” intends to move forward the discourse about the Philosophy of Halakhah by making a fundamental claim that the existent literature ignores. This claim is that in addition to the Halakhah being a juridical system – and for the religious Jewish person a religious imperative – the Halakhah is primarily an educational instrument and existential event. Therefore, the Halakhah is designed to effect cultural, valuative and educational changes in its devotees.

Hence, in order to understand the Halakhah from a philosophical perspective we must make use of philosophical tools that are to be found in Philosophy of Education.

In light of this basic insight – which has not received the attention of researchers – this book illuminates both the Halakhic field of studies and the process of Halakhic ruling itself but, also helps us to re-think Halakhic-philosophical studies in the past and intends to contribute to the development of Halakhic philosophy in the future. Furthermore, the book opens a new path for the discourse of the philosophy of Education.

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