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Moses Mendelssohn's Living Script : Philosophy, Practice, History, Judaism, Hardback Book

Moses Mendelssohn's Living Script : Philosophy, Practice, History, Judaism Hardback


Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786) is often described as the founder of modern Jewish thought and as a leading philosopher of the late Enlightenment.

One of Mendelssohn's main concerns was how to conceive of the relationship between Judaism, philosophy, and the civic life of a modern state.

Elias Sacks explores Mendelssohn's landmark account of Jewish practice--Judaism's "living script," to use his famous phrase--to present a broader reading of Mendelssohn's writings and extend inquiry into conversations about modernity and religion.

By studying Mendelssohn's thought in these dimensions, Sacks suggests that he shows a deep concern with history.

Sacks affords a view of a foundational moment in Jewish modernity and forwards new ways of thinking about ritual practice, the development of traditions, and the role of religion in society.




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