PROPHECY AND HALAKHA: DIALECTIC IN THE META-HALAKHIC THOUGHT OF RABBI A.I. KOOK

Avinoam Rosenak*

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Abstract

The place of religiosity in the framework of an established religion has long troubled religious thinkers of various faiths.1 To what extent can a religious structure change in the face of a dynamic reality? What tools can it use to achieve the desired flexibility? Can a religious-normative establishment be sensitive to a new divine revelation? In other words, is there any substance to the often-invoked distinction between religiosity (to use Martin Buber’s term2) — the experiential religious and spiritual dimension, with its existential, ecstatic, individualist encounter with the divine — and the normative, institutional, and social system of religious practice, perceived as unchanging or even petrified? To what extent can prophecy break through and change the structures of normative religion?.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Jewish Law Annual
Subtitle of host publicationVolume Seventeen
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages121-158
Number of pages38
Volume17
ISBN (Electronic)9781134049257
ISBN (Print)9780203929766
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2008

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