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posted by Yoel Finkelman @ 11:31 PM
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A.The link to the Cross-Currents post doesn't lead anywhere.B.Where Artscroll’s commentary cites only those commentators deemed adequately kosher, Sacks unabashedly cites the decidedly un-Orthodox Jewish philosopher Franz Rosenzweig (who first used the expression “Creation, Revelation, Redemption” to describe the central themes of Judaism).Is Franz Rosenzweig so decidedly non-Orthodox?
Yoel - I found your analysis to be clear headed, balanced, and well supported. You give examples for each one of your points, and your tone is more thoughtful, descriptive and clarifying about the difference between the two world views than argumentative, even as you gently embrace one view over the other. It seems that Cross Currents has taken down the response essay - I don't know why. I did catch a snippet of it at Jblog, and it would be unfortunate (and an ironically jarring confirmation of your point about the other side's openness) if the author drags this debate into snotty, ad hominem pot-shots, when what is called for is continuing honing the descriptions and weighing the values of the two different world views.
Reb Yoel, Have not seen the new Koren Siddur yet, and am planning to purchase one in the near future. Thought your response sounded angry, hostile and pickyun... Who cares about Artscroll and their siddur? Keep the review of the new siddur focused on it ONLY.
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