A Floor and Not a Ceiling: My Religious Practice

By Shmuly Yanklowitz

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, December 2011

The author states that for him, Jewish law (Halakhah) is a floor and not a ceiling. The values that guide his halakhic reasoning are that Judaism is neither a science nor an art; it is neither logical nor perfectly beautiful. Judaism provides more questions than answers. He argues that while Orthodoxy often poses barriers to taking ownership, the more "Open Orthodoxy" charges us all to learn and encourages us to develop confidence in our own interpretations of texts and tradition.

Topic: Halakha, Jewish Law, Religious Observance, Orthodox Judaism, Identity Formation, Values

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.42/no.685

Page Number(s): 2-3

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Yanklowitz, Shmuly. A Floor and Not a Ceiling: My Religious Practice. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. December 2011: 2-3. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=13432


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