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Observing the misvot in a World Devoid of Religious Meaning / קיום מצוות בעולם שנתרוקן ממשמעות דתית

דני סטטמן and Daniel Statman
Daat: A Journal of Jewish Philosophy & Kabbalah / דעת: כתב-עת לפילוסופיה יהודית וקבלה
No. 41 (קיץ תשנ"ח), pp. 31-45
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24216819
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Observing the misvot in a World Devoid of Religious Meaning / קיום מצוות בעולם שנתרוקן ממשמעות דתית
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Abstract

This essay seeks to present a critical discussion on the implications of the view put forward by Goldman and Leibowitz on the transcendent nature of God. It argues that this view makes the idea of divine revelation very problematic and, as a result, makes the religious meaning of the miṣvot hard to understand. Their divine origin becomes unclear as does their religious purpose. In the final analysis, it is argued that if one accepts the idea that "the world has become emptied of religious meaning," it is difficult to see how observation of the misvot can restore such meaning.

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