Rabbi Dr. Halivni, now in his eighth decade, is a world renowned Talmud scholar. This small volume has been skillfully edited by, and contains introductions to all its chapters from, Peter Ochs, who is the Edgar Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at Univ. of Virginia. The book offers the reader a glimpse into Halivni’s theories about a tradition-based theology to understand our role as Jews vis à vis thought, practice, prayer, and Torah scholarship, within the context of what Halivni believes are the two major events in Jewish history — G‑d’s revelation to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai and G‑d’s revelation at Auschwitz. Weaving in his theories of scientific Torah scholarship and their implications for understanding and studying the Written Law and the Oral Law — both at their points of origin and as developed by the Rabbis throughout the ages, up to and including current times — Halivni [and Ochs] give us much to reflect on and ponder.
William Liss-Levinson is vice president, chief strategy & operations officer of Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a consumer health research, information, and publishing company. He holds a Ph.D. in education and is a member of the board of directors of the Jewish Book Council.