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A Living Covenant: The Innovative Desire in Traditional Judaism


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A Living Covenant: The Innovative Desire in Traditional Judaism by David Hartman
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“‘A covenantal vision of life, with mitzvah (divine commandment) as the central organizing principle in the relationship between Jews and God, liberates the intellect and the moral will. I seek to show that a tradition mediated by the Sinai covenant can encourage the development of a human being who is not afraid to assume responsibility for the ongoing drama of Jewish history. Passive resignation is seen not to be an essential trait of one whose relationship to God is mediated by the hearing of mitzvot.”
―from the Introduction

This interpretation of Jewish teaching will appeal to all people seeking to understand the relationship between the idea of divine demand and the human response, between religious tradition and modernity. Hartman shows that a life lived in Jewish tradition need not be passive, insulated, or self-effacing, but can be lived in the modern pluralistic world with passion, tolerance, and spontaneity.

The Judaic tradition is often seen as being more concerned with uncritical obedience to law than with individual freedom and responsibility. In A Living Covenant, Hartman challenges this approach by revealing a Judaism grounded in a covenant―a relational framework―informed by the metaphor of marital love rather than that of parent-child dependency. This view of life places the individual firmly within community. Hartman shows that the Judaic tradition need not be understood in terms of human passivity and resignation, but rather as a vehicle by which human individuality and freedom can be expressed within a relational matrix.

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Covenant & Conscience―A Groundbreaking Journey to the Heart of Halakha

"Anyone curious about the Jewish way of life, yet dissatisfied with much of contemporary Jewish theology and practice―repelled, perhaps, by the cheap and vulgar apologetics of those who seek to justify and sustain some of the tradition's systematic immoralities, who smugly deny expression to any doubt or uncertainty, claiming a monopoly on absolute truth―is invited to join me on this pilgrimage."
―from the Introduction

In this deeply personal look at the struggle between commitment to Jewish religious tradition and personal morality, Dr. David Hartman, the world's leading Modern Orthodox Jewish theologian, probes the deepest questions at the heart of what it means to be a human being and a Jew.

Dr. Hartman draws on a lifetime of learning, teaching and experience as a social activist to present an intellectual framework for examining covenantal theology as it is applied to religious life. As much an expression of his impassioned commitment to Jewish law as it is testament to a lifetime of intellectual questioning and courage, this bold examination of the halakhic system offers fresh insights into Judaism and the quest for spiritual nourishment.

Good Morning America - David Hartman's Last Day, 2/87, pt. 1 of 2!

Taped on Feb. 20, 1987, here is part 1 of 2 of David Hartman's last day at Good Morning America. Recorded from WAKC, Ch. 23, Akron, Ohio.

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    93 Flower St., Elizabeth McKinney; Elizabeth Bradley; David E. Bradley to Christopher Cummings, $60,000. . COLDEN. • Vacant Land/Bleistein Road, Sandra M. Barringer; Ronald G. Barringer to Richard L. Hartman; Justine M. Hartman, $50,000. • Vacant 


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  • Neuropsychological Toxicology

    Springer Science & Business Media. 1995. ISBN: 0306449226,9780306449222. 525 pages.

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    10/30/14 ,via

    And Patricia Tavan (late Rene P. Jr.) of Metairie, La., grandmother of Robert W. Hartman, Jr. (Heidi) of Bremerton, WA and David M. Hartman (Melissa) of Bremerton, WA., and step grandmother of Ray Tavan (Desi) of Metairie, La., and great grandmother of ...

  • EasyTurf Joins Local Charity Efforts

    10/30/14 ,via Digital Journal

    "We're thrilled to join the San Diego community and help raise money for such a worthy cause," said David Hartman, EasyTurf President. "We call Southern California home, and we are excited about these opportunities to partner with local charity efforts to ...

  • Hamden Police Involved in Wild Chase

    10/28/14 ,via Patch

    New Haven Officer Edward Douglas went to the summit of East Rock Park Sunday and went to notify the occupants of a vehicle that it was sundown and the park was closed, said Officer David Hartman, police spokesman. Douglas then noticed that the two ...


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David Hartman, Actor: The Bold Ones: The New Doctors. Genial, toothsome actor and host David Hartman grew up learning to play a number of musical instruments and ...

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David Hartman, Director: Transformers Prime. David Hartman is known for his work on Transformers Prime (2010), My Friends Tigger & Pooh (2007) and Godzilla: The ...

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David Downs Hartman (born May 19, 1935) is an American journalist and media host who began his media career as an actor. He currently anchors and hosts documentary ...

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