Moses Mendelssohn's Living Script (Hardcover)

Philosophy, Practice, History, Judaism

By Elias Sacks

Indiana University Press, 9780253023742, 336pp.

Publication Date: December 12, 2016

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Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786) is often described as the founder of modern Jewish thought and as a leading philosopher of the late Enlightenment. One of Mendelssohn's main concerns was how to conceive of the relationship between Judaism, philosophy, and the civic life of a modern state. Elias Sacks explores Mendelssohn's landmark account of Jewish practice--Judaism's "living script," to use his famous phrase--to present a broader reading of Mendelssohn's writings and extend inquiry into conversations about modernity and religion. By studying Mendelssohn's thought in these dimensions, Sacks suggests that he shows a deep concern with history. Sacks affords a view of a foundational moment in Jewish modernity and forwards new ways of thinking about ritual practice, the development of traditions, and the role of religion in society.

About the Author

Elias Sacks is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder.