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Eugene B. Borowitz: An Intellectual Portrait

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For over sixty years, Eugene B. Borowitz has been engaged in the project of understanding modern Jewish existence. This is the task of Jewish theology, and for Borowitz it has been his task to develop a Jewish theology for the non-Orthodox Jew in the world of late-twentieth-century Jewish life. In over twenty books and hundreds of essays and articles, he has sought to speak to this audience about its responsibilities and to frame for it a portrait of self-understanding which would serve to provoke it to revitalization and renewal. With a conception of this communally and historically embedded Jewish self and of a self Covenantally related to God, Borowitz goes on, in these later writings, to formulate what he calls a conception of Jewish duty. This is Torah for the non-Orthodox Jew. It is a sketch of what the ideal Jewish life might look like for the contemporary liberal Jew.

Keywords: Eugene B. Borowitz; God; Jewish existence



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