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The Talmud in the Mind of Emmanuel Levinas

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Levinas modestly admits that the title of his collection of lectures From the Sacred to the Holy reflects the fact that his Talmud studies are guided neither by the certainty of religious piety nor the "certainties" of historical, text-critical scholarship. Rather, his readings continue the tradition of the Talmud, the "oral Torah" that extracts from the "written Torah" ethical meaning as the ultimate intelligibility of the human and even of the cosmic.59 Taking "philosophy" in this practical sense as a contribution to the reflective resolution of existential quandaries, Albert Einstein would surely think again about

Affiliations: 1: University of Haifa


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