In The Image of God

By Jonathan Schofer

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), December 2003

Schofer considers in depth Ochs' sensibility of dignity (described in her article in this issue of Sh'ma) and makes general observations about her classification, noting that she is doing what Jewish intellectuals have done for centuries: interpreting biblical and rabbinic concepts through ideals and values that capture the ethical imagination of her own time and place. Each of these concepts, though, has a wide range of meanings and applications in the broader Jewish tradition, and considering that full range both provides a context for understanding Ochs' particular choices and may open up possibilities for Jewish thinking that are currently latent. When considered from the perspective of the tradition of a whole, Ochs' concepts do not have univocal or fixed meanings, but rather a set of resonances, scriptural associations, and debates over the course of centuries.

Topic: Morality, Tradition, Ethics, Jewish Text, Values, Jewish Literacy

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.34/no.606

Page Number(s): 5

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Schofer, Jonathan. In The Image of God. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). December 2003: 5.


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