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Ethical Theories of Abraham Isaac Kook and Joseph B. Soloveitchik

Lawrence Kaplan

in The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199736065
Published online January 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199736065.013.0011

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Ethical Theories of Abraham Isaac Kook and Joseph B. Soloveitchik

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This chapter analyzes the ethical theories of Rabbis Abraham Isaac Kook and Joseph B. Soloeitchik, two luminaries in of twentieth-century Orthodoxy in Israel and the United States, respectively. Despite Kook's lean toward the mystical and Soloveitchik's tendency toward the rational, they nonetheless share in the perspective that ethics is central to proper Jewish living and theology. Whereas Kook views the moral impulse as already embedded in Jewish existence, Soloveitchik understands imitatio Dei as the central mechanism through which Jewish ethical behaviour comes into being.

Keywords: Jewish ethics; Orthodoxy; Judaism; mystical; rational; moral impulse; imitatio Dei; Jewish ethical behaviour

Article.  9574 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Judaism and Jewish Studies ; Religious Studies

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