Jacob Neusner

Jacob Neusner was research professor of religion and theology and senior fellow in the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

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  • Religion as a Social System
    Blog
    May 15, 2019

    Religion as a Social System

    To study any vital religion is to address, as a matter of hypothesis, a striking example of how people explain to themselves who they are as a social entity. Religion as a powerful force in human culture is realized in society, not only or even mainly in theology.

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  • Correspondence
    December 2001

    Who's Afraid of History?

    LA's Conservative Rabbi David J. Wolpe chose Passover to surrender the claim that "positive-historical Judaism" (a.k.a.. Conservative Judaism) builds the Judaic religion on established facts of history.

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  • Correspondence
    August 2001

    Gift of Finest . . . Rice?

    As a rabbi once accused of being "too soft on the Catholic Church"—liking Catholicism too much to make that particular Lutheran comfortable—I read with special sensitivity the report on a young girl and her family who left the Catholic Church for a liturgical reason, of all things.

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  • Round Table Discussion
    January 2001

    The Old Testament Foundations of Cultural Conservatism

    The Hebrew Scriptures of ancient Israel (a.k.a. the Old Testament) are frequently quarried for proof-texts—pretexts, really—for leftist politics.

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  • Correspondence
    November 2000

    Post-Zionism and America

    Contemporary debates on the nature of American nationality—are we a people possessed of a shared tradition and culture, or are we simply a mosaic of ethnic groups that function in a common system?—find their counterpart in contemporary Israel.

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  • Correspondence
    September 2000

    Lehayyim—"To Life," Not Abortion

    Since many Jewish institutions and individuals speaking "as Jews" (or so they say) favor unrestricted abortion, pro-life people often assume that Judaism does, too.

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  • Correspondence
    May 2000

    Rabbis, But No Torah

    When the religion of Judaism speaks in its contemporary modulations—whether Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, or integrationist-Orthodoxy—we should hear many voices.

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  • Correspondence
    March 2000

    Since I’m Jewish, This Must Be Judaism

    When religion becomes a matter of personal opinion, culture—which by definition is public and corporate—no longer defines what is eternally at stake in man's relationship to God.

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  • The Past as Prologue
    Reviews
    November 1999

    The Past as Prologue

    David Vital describes his work as a political history, whose subject is the exercise of legitimate violence. He recounts how the Jews of Europe addressed the political crisis that overtook them between the end of the ancien regime in 1789 and the collapse of their rebuilt social order in Europe in 1939.

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  • Man in Search of God
    Reviews
    September 1999

    Man in Search of God

    A compelling personal narrative about his inner life serves as the occasion for David Klinghoffer to engage in a dialogue with Judaism.

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  • Correspondence
    August 1999

    Exile, Real and Imagined

    Holy Israel, the supernatural community that, in the theology of Judaism, takes shape at Sinai in accepting the Torah and so lives in God's kingdom in the here and now, tells the story of its exile in the setting of that theology.

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  • Correspondence
    May 1999

    Religion or Ethnicity?

    When people in the academy study "Judaism," they tend to pursue the history of the ethnic group, the Jews, rather than describe, analyze, and interpret the religion, Judaism. In the realm of high culture, the Judaic religious tradition, beginning with the revelation at Sinai, is deprived of its rightful presence alongside the world's other great religions, Christianity and Islam.

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  • Cultural Revolutions
    April 1999

    Holocaust Memorial Statue

    A Holocaust memorial statue has been proposed by a local Jewish interior decorator here in St. Petersburg. The 80-foot statue would be situated in one of the parks that line Tampa Bay, in downtown St. Pete.

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  • Correspondence
    February 1999

    The Vacuity of Jewish Secularism

    For nearly the whole of its history, "Israel" defined itself as a religious community, the community of Judaism. To be an Israelite meant to know God through the Torah and to accept the dominion of God's laws set forth therein.

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  • Correspondence
    October 1998

    The Politics of Reform

    The Day of Atonement by its very advent at sunset on the eve of the tenth of the lunar month of Tishré atones for sin and involves repentance—regret for sin, resolution not to repeat it—prayer, and fasting.

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  • Correspondence
    September 1998

    Old Testament, Yes; New Testament, No

    U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich here in Tampa ruled in January that it is all right to teach the Old Testament but not the New Testament in public high schools.

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  • Correspondence
    July 1998

    Money, Money, Money

    American Jews (like other organized subgroups in American society) do some things superbly well and fail at others. Where we are strong, there is our weakness. When I consider the mistakes we American Jews make, these simple truths explain much.

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  • Correspondence
    December 1997

    The Yale Experience

    Leave it to Yale to hoist itself by its own snoot—the snootiest college in the country has finally given itself its own comeuppance. Yale has declared promiscuity, or at least exposure to aggressively promoted public promiscuity, to form an integral part of "the Yale experience."

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  • Jews Without Judaism
    Views
    November 1997

    Jews Without Judaism

    Certainly no confusion of the ethnic with the religious presents more anomalies than the mixture of ethnic Jewishness and religious Judaism that American Jews have concocted for themselves. But the brew is fresh, not vintaged.

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  • The Future of the Jews
    Reviews
    October 1997

    The Future of the Jews

    That Americans of different ethnic or religious origins intermarry surprises no one—half of Japanese-Americans, more than half of all Catholics, nearly three-quarters of Italian-Americans, 84 percent of Polish-Americans, and so on.

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