T HE J EWISH Q UA R T E R LY R EVIEW , Vol. 108, No. 2 (Spring 2018) 253–267 MARTIN KAVKA Florida State University Jeffrey A. Bernstein. Leo Strauss on the Borders of Judaism, Philosophy, and History. SUNY Series in the Thought and Legacy of Leo Strauss. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2015. Pp. xxx 228. Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft. Thinking in Public: Strauss, Levinas, Arendt. Intel- lectual History of the Modern Age. Philadelphia: University of Pennsyl- vania Press, 2016. Pp. viii 304. W HAT D OES M OD ERN Jewish thought do? I forget. Perhaps I never knew. Oh, I remember what it once did (and still occasionally does). It argued about the rules for the proper use of concepts from the Jewish tradition, which is to say that it did philosophical theology. Or it argued that secularized Christian society needed Jews and Judaism, which is also to say that it did philosophical theology. But what can modern Jewish thought do at a time when theology does not provide meaning, either because God is understood to tran- scend human concepts, or because the number of people for whom God is a vivid idea
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