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The Love of God as a Consistent Jewish Response to Modernity

Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170, USA
Religions 2019, 10(5), 324; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10050324
Received: 23 December 2018 / Revised: 5 May 2019 / Accepted: 9 May 2019 / Published: 15 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and Modern Jewish Thought)
Discussions of Jewish responses to modernity often focus on what is new or what has adapted or evolved in Judaism in the face of modernity’s challenges. However, contrary to convention, this paper argues that, at least in principle, neither has the challenge nor the response changed all that much. Through an examination of several key modern Jewish thinkers, including Spinoza, Mendelssohn, Rosenzweig, and Buber, and by focusing on a traditional Jewish concept and value, the Love of God, this paper claims that the Love of God functions as the orienting principle for much of modern Jewish thought, just as it did throughout the history of Judaism. Upon demonstrating the consistent presence of the concept of the Love of God throughout the Jewish tradition, and especially in much of modern Jewish thought, this paper goes on to briefly reflect on the importance and vitality of the concept of the Love of God for both Judaism and modernity, despite and beyond the commercialization and cheapening of the concept of Love in recent times. View Full-Text
Keywords: love; love of god; Spinoza; Mendelssohn; Rosenzweig; Buber; immanence; modern Jewish thought; response love; love of god; Spinoza; Mendelssohn; Rosenzweig; Buber; immanence; modern Jewish thought; response
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