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Jewish Liturgical Reasoning$
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Steven Kepnes

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195313819

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313819.001.0001

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 Liturgical Selfhood

 Liturgical Selfhood

Hermann Cohen's “Religion of Reason”

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Jewish Liturgical Reasoning

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Cohen's Religion of Reason is based on careful textual reasonings of Torah and creative interpretations of Jewish liturgies such as the Sabbath and High Holidays. Cohen places liturgy at the crucial bridge points between the self and the other, the self and the community, and the self and God. Cohen uses liturgy to map out a path for the growth of the self into moral autonomy. I refer to this moral self as a “liturgical self.” What Cohen's liturgical self explains, and Kantian ethics does not, is how the individual becomes at once autonomous and moral, at once for others, for itself, and for its community. Cohen's textual and liturgical thinking makes him an important resource to critique both modern foundational and postmodern views of the self‐other relation.

Keywords:   Cohen, textual reasoning, self, other, Kantian ethics, High Holidays, Sabbath

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