Arguing with God: A Jewish Tradition by Anson H. Laytner

By Anson H. Laytner

As an previous proverb places it, 'Two Jews, 3 opinions.' within the lengthy, wealthy, tumultuous background of the Jewish humans, this attribute contentiousness has frequently been prolonged even unto Heaven. Arguing with God is a hugely unique and completely soaking up learn that skates alongside the sting of this theological skinny ice_at occasions verging dangerously with reference to blasphemy_yet additionally a resource of a few of the main poignant and deeply soulful expressions of human pain and craving. The identify Israel actually denotes one that 'wrestles with God.' And, from Jacob's conflict with the angel to Elie Wiesel's haunting questions about the Holocaust that cling within the air like nonetheless smoke over our personal age, Rabbi Laytner admirably info Judaism's wealthy and pervasive culture of calling God to activity over human affliction and skilled injustice. it's a culture that originated within the biblical interval itself. Abraham, Moses, Elijah, and others all petitioned for divine intervention of their lives, or appealed forcefully to God to change His proposed decree. different biblical arguments excited about own or communal agony and anger: Jeremiah, task, and likely Psalms and Lamentations. Rabbi Laytner delves underneath the outside of those 'blasphemies' and divulges how they implicitly helped to refute the claims of opponent religions and improve Jewish doctrines and teachings.

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