A History of Holiness

A History of Holiness

May 11, 2018 By Alan Mittleman | Commentary

The term “holy” (kodesh as a noun or kadosh as an adjective) appears frequently in the Bible. The more abstract idea of holiness (kedushah) appears in rabbinic literature. We use holiness-language in everyday speech in English, as well as words such as “sacred.” But do we know what we mean when we use these terms?

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Korah: Democrat or Demagogue?

Korah: Democrat or Demagogue?

Jun 23, 2017 By Alan Mittleman | Commentary | Korah

Korah is the first left oppositionist in the history of radical politics.

–Michael Walzer, Exodus and Revolution (111)

How shall we read the Korah story? What is his rebellion about?  Is Korah the first left-wing radical? He seems to want to level the distinction between leaders and masses. All of the people are holy, he claims. There is no need for a priestly caste which, in the wilderness setting, is a governance class.

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A Short History of Jewish Ethics

A Short History of Jewish Ethics

Nov 7, 2012 By Alan Mittleman | Public Event audio

In this Library Book Talk Professor Alan L. Mittleman discusses his book, A Short History of Jewish Ethics: Conduct and Character in the Context of Covenant.

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Hope in a Democratic Age

Hope in a Democratic Age

Oct 27, 2011 By Alan Mittleman | Public Event audio

Dr. Alan Mittleman, director of the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies and the Tikvah Institute for Jewish Thought, as well as professor of Jewish Philosophy at JTS, discusses his book Hope in a Democratic Age, in this Library book talk.

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