Books on Judaism and Philosophy
Covenant and the Jewish Conversion Question
Extending the Thought of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik
How can one be Jewish enough to immigrate under the Law of Return and die in defense of the Jewish State, but not be married or buried as a Jew? For the 400,000 Israeli citizens with this status, religious, social and ethical issues abound. Going back to the sources and framing Jewish conversion and identity in a unique way, this book serves as a springboard for dealing with these conundrums among others and defines what makes a Jew a Jew in the 21st century.
"Levy offers the most lucid account yet of a path that moves beyond an all or nothing, or strict or lenient, approach to the halakhic, theological and political conundrums of conversion in Israel today. This deeply learned study, that skillfully combines historical, theological, and legal research and learning, is profoundly
relevant to anyone interested in what it means to be a Jew in the 21st century.”
Leora Batnitzky, Ronald O. Perelman Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of Religion, Princeton University
"An illuminating and important contribution to the field. Levy has an absolute mastery over the primary rabbinic sources over the centuries as well as the secondary literature related to his topics - he is extremely articulate, and the book is a joy to read. Lay readers, rabbis, Jewish communal professionals and academics of all disciplines will be intrigued by and learn from this book. I know I did."
David Ellenson, Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University
“This highly creative, deeply thoughtful, impressively learned and clearly argued book combines both the academic and real world in constructing a broader, more dynamic and inclusive, definition of Jewish identity while remaining faithful to the millennia old religious tradition. Levy’s original perspective deserves careful
consideration by all those struggling with this challenge.”
Jacob J. Schacter, University Professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought, Yeshiva University
An Oasis in Time
Seven Thoughts for the Seventh Day
An Oasis in Time explores seven thoughts for the seventh day, illuminating Shabbat as an expression of personal liberty, a spiritual encounter, an opportunity for connection, and a protest against injustice as an anchor to our past and a window into the future. In his unique style, Rabbi Benji Levy shares profound insights into the multifaceted nature of Shabbat, offering the opportunity to transform this sacred day from a passive period of rest into an enriching experience of restoration.