Publication date:31 August 2005
Length of book:240 pages
PublisherRowman & Littlefield Publishers
At first glance, Orthodox Judaism is not compatible with the prevailing world view of equal treatment for all people, regardless of their race, gender or religion. But modern Orthodox Jews share the sense that egalitarianism is a positive moral value, so they cannot simply dismiss this contemporary ethos as incompatible with their faith. In a range of ways and variety of perspectives from the leading Orthodox scholars in the field, this collection of essays explores the affinities and disaffinities between egalitarianism and Jewish tradition.
This collection of essays is required reading for anyone interested in questions relating to the tension and confrontations that can arise between the spiritual and moral values inherent in human equality and the sometimes seemingly contradictory demands of halakha.