Commandedness and Moral Authority

By Jane Kanarek

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), February 2006

In reflecting upon commandedness and moral authority in Judaism, the author asserts that her sense of commandedness does not entail the acceptance of a legal world frozen in time, but rather the acceptance of a dynamic and changing force that binds us to our past as it tells us that we must use that past in creating our futures. However, she argues that commandedness should entail the recognition that Jews live - however imperfectly - within Judaismâ??s legal world.

Topic: Innovation, Halakha, Morality, Jewish Law, Tradition, Masorti Judaism, Ethics, Conservative Judaism, Authority

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

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: 36/628

Page Number(s): 12

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Kanarek, Jane. Commandedness and Moral Authority. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). February 2006: 12. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=6285


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