Sensibilities and Halakha

By Dov Lerea

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), December 2003

Lerea appreciates Ochs's Jewish sensibilities, described in this issue of Sh'ma, as a central category of communal discourse, noting that the term "sensibility" highlights some of the compelling strengths of a liberal community. However, it also points to that community's most unstable, intrinsic weaknesses. Law mandates action independent of sensibility, feeling, or thought, while sensibilities alone do not, necessarily, galvanize action; beyond the critical domain of human sensibility lies the phenomenological trust in the drama of religious action, and that stage is set with the dimensions and specifications that only halakha can provide.

Topic: Halakha, Morality, Jewish Law, Ethics, Liberal Judaism, Values

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

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.34/no.606

Page Number(s): 7-8

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Lerea, Dov. Sensibilities and Halakha. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). December 2003: 7-8.


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