This collection of essays was inspired by the desire to create a suitable tribute to Dr. Irving Greenberg. Dr. Greenberg has been one of the truly major figures in the American Jewish community for the past forty years. A community activist and a theologian of distinction, he has influenced not only the practical direction of Jewish life, especially through his work with the leadership of Jewish Federations throughout the country, but also the shape of contemporary Jewish thought through his writings on the Holocaust, the State of Israel, and traditional Jewish themes. The outstanding list of authors who have contributed to this volume, writing on central issues in traditional and modern Jewish thought and history, are a testimony to Dr. Greenberg's repercussive presence and theological contribution. Those interested in the contemporary American Jewish community and the nature and shape of modern Jewish thought at the beginning of the new millennium will find this a valuable, thought-provoking addition to their libraries.
Steven T. Katz received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1972. He is the director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University, Boston, Mass., where he holds the Alvin J. and Shirley Slater Chair in Jewish and Holocaust Studies. His publications include Post-Holocaust Dialogues, which won the National Jewish Book Award in 1984; Historicism, the Holocaust and Zionism (1992); and the multi-volume study The Holocaust in Historical Context, of which volume one was selected as "the outstanding book in philosophy and theology" of 1994 by the American Association of University Publishers. His work on the Holocaust also includes editing two volumes about the impact of the Holocaust on Jewish thought, the most recent of which is Wrestling with God: Jewish Theological Responses During and After the Holocaust. Stephen Bayme serves as national director of the William Petschek Contemporary Jewish Life Department of the American Jewish Committee and of its Koppelman Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations. He earned a Ph.D. in Jewish history from Columbia University, and has served as visiting associate professor of history at the Jewish Theological Seminary and adjunct professor at Yeshiva University. He has also been a faculty member of the Wexner Foundation and the Nahum Goldmann Fellowship. His publications include Understanding Jewish History: Texts and Commentary, a survey of the Jewish historical experience, and Jewish Arguments and Counter-Arguments, a volume of essays on contemporary Jewish life. He frequently contributes to both scholarly publications and popular organs of opinion.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 1. Dr. Irving Greenberg: A Biographical Introduction Chapter 3 2. Intra-Aggadic Control of Theological Freedom: A Speculation Chapter 4 3. Has the Holocaust Been a Turning Point in Christian Theology About Judaism? Chapter 5 4. Amalek, Zionism and Belief in the Messiah: Further Reflections on Jewish Faith and Jewish Power Chapter 6 5. Colleagues and Friends: Letters between Rabbi Samuel Belkin and Rabbi William G. Braude Chapter 7 6. Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Lyady as an Educator Chapter 8 7. The Jewish Outreach Enterprise: Rhetoric and Reality Chapter 9 8. The Kippah Comes to America Chapter 10 9. Jewish Religious Thought and Practice during the Holocaust Chapter 11 10. The Murder of Jewish Children during the Holocaust Chapter 12 11.Mah Tovu as a Psychological Introduction to Prayer Chapter 13 12. "Interpreting Rabbinic Religion through the Lens of the Three Eras" Chapter 14 13. Yavneh and Irving Greenberg: Envisioning a Jewish Educational Revolution Chapter 15 14. The Message of the Gog Pericope, Ezekiel Chapters 38-39 Chapter 16 15. The Fate of Hope in a Time of Renewed Antisemitism Chapter 17 16. It is 2008: Are We One Jewish People? Chapter 18 17. Rebbe Israel of Kozhenitz Chapter 19 Bibliography Chapter 20 Contributors