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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 Space in the Post‐Shoah and Zionist Era

 Liturgical Space in the Post‐Shoah and Zionist Era

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Jewish Liturgical Reasoning

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Oxford University Press

Jewish liturgy helps develop new forms of discourse and theology to respond to the two central events of the contemporary Jewish era: the Shoah and the establishment of the State of Israel. Peter Ochs argues that modern philosophical logic is limited and must be augmented with a “logic of scripture.” This chapter argues for the power of the “logic of liturgy.” To address the Shoah, the chapter focuses on the liturgical theodicy of the Passover Seder and the synagogue sermon. The State of Israel revives issues of sacred space for Judaism. Part two of the chapter explores the notion of liturgical space as a response to idolatrous and messianic claims by some Zionists for the present State of Israel. Liturgy preserves the messianic character of Israel as a future and not a present reality.

Keywords:   Shoah, State of Israel, sacred space, Passover Seder, Ochs, liturgical

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