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Jewish Ethics as Theological Ethics

Jewish Ethics as Theological Ethics Byron L. Sherwin Byron L. Sherwin is Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Verson Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Mysticism at Spertus College of Judaica. The author of 12 books and over 70 articles and monographs in Jewish ethics, mysticism, law philosophy, education, and Holocaust studies, Dr. Sherwin has most recently written In Partnership with God: Contemporary Jewish law and Ethics. Professor Sherwin is President of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association. Confronted as we are with the inevitable reality of human mortality, conscious of individual finitude when set against the infinite plentitude of creation, our quest to locate a source of meaning and purpose becomes increasingly vital. Reflection upon the ultimate questions of human existence causes us to pause to consider how to infuse meaning into the blink of eternity that is each human life. Few statements pose the problem as poignantly as this citation from the writings of the seventeenth-century philosopher, Blaise Pascal: When I consider the short duration of my life, swallowed up in the eternity before and after, the little space which I fill, and even can see, engulfed in the infinite immensity of spaces of which I am ignorant and know me not, I am http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

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Abstract

Byron L. Sherwin Byron L. Sherwin is Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Verson Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Mysticism at Spertus College of Judaica. The author of 12 books and over 70 articles and monographs in Jewish ethics, mysticism, law philosophy, education, and Holocaust studies, Dr. Sherwin has most recently written In Partnership with God: Contemporary Jewish law and Ethics. Professor Sherwin is President of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association. Confronted as we are with the inevitable reality of human mortality, conscious of individual finitude when set against the infinite plentitude of creation, our quest to locate a source of meaning and purpose becomes increasingly vital. Reflection upon the ultimate questions of human existence causes us to pause to consider how to infuse meaning into the blink of eternity that is each human life. Few statements pose the problem as poignantly as this citation from the writings of the seventeenth-century philosopher, Blaise Pascal: When I consider the short duration of my life, swallowed up in the eternity before and after, the little space which I fill, and even can see, engulfed in the infinite immensity of spaces of which I am ignorant and know me not, I am

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Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Oct 3, 1990

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