Monthly Archives: September 2015

Fishbane-hiyyuv

Hiyyuv is a Hebrew word that means obligation. I am surprised by how Michael Fishbane in Sacred Attunement uses this concept.  He says that obligation is given with creation.  He talks about how as humans become aware of their placement … Continue reading

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Fishbane-places and spaces

In Sacred Attunement Michael Fishbane talks about the Jewish sense of place and space in the world.  He talks about home, synagogue, and homeland. Jewish thinking begins right where one is standing rooted in a place in this world.  The … Continue reading

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A productive pause

This is one of those weeks where I had planned to write four or five blog essays, but find that I must devote my time to some other things. There are three stages of life.  The first stage is the … Continue reading

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Fishbane-emunah

In Sacred Attunement, which is a Jewish approach to theology, Michael Fishbane speaks of the response to the Torah in terms of emunah or steadfast faithfulness.  He refers to Isaiah 26:3: You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is … Continue reading

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Fishbane-radical kindness

There is a Hebrew word, hesed, in the Bible.  English readers are used to seeing it translated as “loving kindness”. In Sacred Attunement, Michael Fishbane uses the word when he talks about “radical kindness” as a Jewish practice that goes … Continue reading

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Fishbane-prayer and study

Micheal Fishbane in his Sacred Attunement writes about theology as integral to Jewish life and piety. Prayer and study are central to Jewish life and are acts of theology. Prayer begins with the human body and senses receiving the gift … Continue reading

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Fishbane-halakah

Michael Fishbane in Sacred Attunement carefully holds theology and life together.  He discusses halakah, usually defined as the Talmudic and Rabbinic law that builds upon the Torah.  However, his definition of halakah seems to be that of a type of … Continue reading

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