The Jewish Intellectual Tradition - (Judaism and Jewish Life) by Alan Kadish & Michael A Shmidman & Simcha Fishbane (Paperback)
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"About the Book A series of principles can be extracted from the Jewish intellectual tradition that have broad implications for individual and societal achievement. This book explores the development of these principles and demonstrates how their application can lead to greater intellectual productivity, a more fulfilling existence, and a more advanced society. Book Synopsis The Jewish intellectual tradition has a long and complex history that has resulted in significant and influential works of scholarship. In this book, the authors suggest that there is a series of common principles that can be extracted from the Jewish intellectual tradition that have broad, even life-changing, implications for individual and societal achievement. These principles include respect for tradition while encouraging independent, often disruptive thinking; a precise system of logical reasoning in pursuit of the truth; universal education continuing through adulthood; and living a purposeful life. The main objective of this book is to understand the historical development of these principles and to demonstrate how applying them judiciously can lead to greater intellectual productivity, a more fulfilling existence, and a more advanced society. Review Quotes Jewish intellectual tradition has produced unprecedented achievements and contributions to Jewish and non-Jewish culture throughout millennia. This rich and thoughtful book identifies the key principles inherent in this tradition and seeks to 'demonstrate how applying them judiciously' can benefit society at large... The authors exquisitely cover two thousand years of scholarship and achievement in multiple genres and fields. --Diane Mizrachi, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California Los Angeles, AJL Reviews (September / October 2021) In this highly engaging and innovative work, [Kadish, Shmidman, Fishbane] try to identify what it is from the Jewish intellectual tradition that can be used for the betterment of people and society as a whole. The authors have isolated these principles, namely: respect for tradition while encouraging independent thinking; a precise system of logical reasoning in pursuit of the truth; and a universal and never-ending education. The book shows how these principles are fundamental to intellectual productivity, leading to making a better society. And the proof is in the Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals... The three authors, all scholars in their own right, have detailed this amazing intellectual tradition that should be a source of immense pride not to just every Jew but to every human being."" -- Ben Rothke, Jewish Press ""From tenured pro-fes-sor-ships to nobel prizes, Jews have excelled in all manor of schol-ar-ship. Many authors have explored where this ded-i-ca-tion to learn-ing comes from--The Jew-ish Intel-lec-tu-al Tra-di-tion: A His-to-ry of Learn-ing and Achieve-ment by Alan Kadish, Michael Shmid-man, and Sim-cha Fish-bane is anoth-er impor-tant voice in the conversation. ... The three authors present the infor-ma-tion thought-ful-ly, build-ing a robust book-shelf before their read-ers' eyes. The book serves as a help-ful teach-ing tool because of its short-ened expla-na-tions of mys-ti-cal texts, and ear-ly mod-ern trends--like the birth of Reform Judaism--that edu-ca-tors may find use-ful. As a whole, it's a help-ful intro-duc-tion, not only to Jew-ish thought, but to Jew-ish his-to-ry and literature."" --Rab-bi Marc Katz, Jewish Book Council About the Author Alan Kadish, MD, is President of Touro College and University System, the largest Jewish-sponsored educational institution in the United States. Before succeeding Dr. Bernard Lander as Touro's second president in March 2010, Dr. Kadish distinguished himself as a prominent cardiologist, dedicated teacher and researcher, and experienced administrator. A graduate of Columbia College, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University, Dr. Kadish received postdoctoral training at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He has published over 280 peer-reviewed papers, received numerous grants, including from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and contributed to several textbooks. Dr. Kadish has published articles on the nexus between science and religion. Rabbi Dr. Michael A. Shmidman is Dean and Victor J. Selmanowitz Professor of Jewish History at Touro Graduate School of Jewish Studies and Editor of Touro University Press. He received his PhD from Harvard University and his MA from Hebrew University, and has published and lectured extensively in the areas of medieval Jewish history and Maimonidean studies. Dr. Shmidman also served as Rabbi of Congregation Keter Torah in Teaneck, New Jersey and as Editor of Tradition: A Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought. Dr. Simcha Fishbane is a Professor of Jewish Studies in the Graduate School of Jewish Studies at Touro College, New York. He has"

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