DESCRIBE THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN HALACHA AND AGADAH (JEWISH LAW AND MIDRASH), AS DEVELOPED IN THE THOUGHT OF THESE THINKERS: BUBER, SOLOVEITCHIK, HESCHEL, KAPLAN

Choose two panels (30 points for each panel):
Nature of God:  Maimonides, Spinoza, Kaplan
Authority of Jewish Law:  S.R. Hirsch, Buber, Rosenzweig
Free will and Evil:  Milton Steinberg, Spinoza, Fackenheim
Nature/Importance of Jewish Peoplehood:  Herzl, Ahad Ha’am, Kaplan,
Relationship with God:  Buber, Heschel, Steinberg

II. Answer one question: (20 points)

How was each of these thinkers affected by the surrounding culture? How did they reconcile their understanding of Jewish texts and values with the values and insights of the culture in which they lived?
Maimonides, Mendelssohn, S.R. Hirsch, Kaplan

B. Describe the interplay between Halacha and Agadah (Jewish law and midrash), as developed in the thought of these thinkers:
Buber, Soloveitchik, Heschel, Kaplan

III. Write a few paragraphs about one of these topics, using all the words listed below: (20 points)
A.The development of different movements within Judaism:Reform, Conservative, (Modern) Orthodox, Reconstructionist
B.Different Jewish interpretations and groups:Hasidism, Mysticism, Karaites, feminism, secular Jewish groups/organizations

USE ALL THESE WORDS FOR EITHER ANSWER:

Halacha/Halachic
Mishnah
Talmud
Shulchan Aruch
Midrash
Agadah
Hasidism/Hasidic
Mitnagdim
Haskalah/Enlightenment
Tikkun Olam

 

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