Moses Mendelssohn's Living Script: Philosophy, Practice, History, Judaism

2017.06.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Elias Sacks, Moses Mendelssohn's Living Script: Philosophy, Practice, History, Judaism, Indiana University Press, 2017, 316pp.,
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2017.06.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Elias Sacks, Moses Mendelssohn's Living Script: Philosophy, Practice, History, Judaism, Indiana University Press, 2017, 316pp., $60.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780253023742. Reviewed by Corey W. Dyck, Western University/Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg In 1783, Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786) published his Jerusalem: or on Religious Power and Judaism, an extended argument for the limits of the state and religion with respect to individual conscience, as well as an impassioned defense of the reasonability and modernity of Jewish religious practice. In connection with his discussion of the latter in the second part of Jerusalem, Mendelssohn writes: The ceremonial law itself is a kind of living script, rousing the mind and heart, full of meaning, never ceasing to inspire contemplation and to provide the occasion and opportunity for oral instruction. What a student did and saw being done from morning till night. . .

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