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The Promise and Limits of Rabbi Simḥah Zissel Ziv's Musar: A Response to Miller, Cooper, Pugh, and Peters
Geoffrey D. Claussen
Journal of Jewish Ethics
Vol. 3, No. 1 (2017), pp. 154-177
Published by: Penn State University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5325/jjewiethi.3.1.0154
Page Count: 24
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Responding to Christian Miller, this article considers the tensions found in Simḥah Zissel Ziv's view of the soul, how Simḥah Zissel sees human beings as inclining toward evil, and how he tends to recommend measures that are more demanding than those typically tested by psychological researchers. Responding to Andrea Dara Cooper, the article pays particular attention to Cooper's question regarding the tension between Simḥah Zissel's expansive view of fellowship and his lack of support for his family, and focuses on the constructions of gender that produce this tension. Responding to Jeffrey Pugh, it explores the clear limits to Simḥah Zissel's tolerance for criticism, questions, and disobedience. Responding to Rebecca Todd Peters, it considers various ways in which Simḥah Zissel's legacy has been appropriated, and gives particular attention to ways that his thought has been used to support critical thinking about structural injustices and social change.
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