Jewish Philosophy of Religion

Tsimtsum In Life Of Pi, Part 4 (Daniel Reiser)

The following is the last of a four-part series. The first can be found here, the second here, the third here. Is what Martel presents his readers only a pragmatic approach which demonstrates the utilitarian value of religion? Is religion “false” but nevertheless worth adopting because it provides a better (story) way of life?[1] Is God just another […]

Jewish Philosophy of Religion

Tsimtsum In Life Of Pi, Part 1 (Daniel Reiser)

The following is the first of a four-part series. Introduction* Yann Martel’s 2001 bestselling novel Life of Pi, later released in 2012 as a prize-winning box office hit, addresses themes such as religion, faith, imagination, and their relation to psychology and human life; hope and despair; and the struggle with human nature. The author promises […]

Philosophy Reviews Theology

Review – Reverent Irreverence (Amit Gvaryahu)

Pious Irreverence: Confronting God in Rabbinic Judaism. Weiss, Dov.  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017.  ISBN 9780812293050. Hardcover, ebook. ix+291 pages. Pious Irreverence opens with a quote from America’s favorite fictional president, Josiah Bartlet of The West Wing. After the funeral of his friend and personal secretary, Dolores Landingham, Bartlet asks for some time alone […]

Philosophy of Religion

Love Strong as Death – Jews against Heidegger, On the Issue of Finitude – Part 2 (Agata Bielik-Robson)

The following is the second of a two-part series.  The first segment was published on July 25, 2016 and can be accessed here. Another Finitude – Rosenzweig versus Heidegger Thus, even if not completely in accord with Heidegger” “letter,” Blanchot’s deconstructive reading allows to see the shadow thrown by his thanatic ‘spirit”: in Derrida’s words, […]