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The Purpose and Meaning of Jewish Existence
The Purpose and Meaning of Jewish Existence Author:Mordecai M. Kaplan The core of this volume is an epitome of Hermann Cohen's Religion de Vernunft, presented in the concise, aphoristic style of which Dr. Kaplan is master. At the same time, Dr. Kaplan offers comments on Cohen's arguments and points out where Cohen was led astray by the limitations of his time and place. — Dr. Kaplan felt that both Cohen's thinking ... more »and his own must be placed in the context of the long history of interpretations of the Jewish Religion. The introductory part of this volume therefore outlines the approaches to the Jewish religion by two of Hermann Cohen's predecessors: Philo and Maimonides. The final part deals with successors to Hermann Cohen who have offered interpretations of the Jewish Religion in our own day, namely, Martin Buber, and Dr. Kaplan himself.
The volume thus represents a study in the tradition of interpreting the Jewish Religion in terms of various intellectual challenges. All of these were efforts to lend purpose and meaning to Jewish life; each presented a way of creating "a people in the image of God."« less