Jewish Existentialism

Emphasis placed on human free will and what is true to an individual.

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Caution should certainly be exercised. Jews should not swallow existentialism whole. But, undoubtedly, some of the insights provided by the existentialists are in full accord with the traditional Jewish approach. Judaism does believe in freedom of choice, as it believes in the value of the individual soul in the eyes of God. And it has often been remarked that speculative system-building is foreign both to the Bible and rabbinic Judaism, in both of which God is to be met and experienced rather than merely thought about or discussed.

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Rabbi Louis Jacobs

Rabbi Dr. Louis Jacobs (1920-2006) was a Masorti rabbi, the first leader of Masorti Judaism (also known as Conservative Judaism) in the United Kingdom, and a leading writer and thinker on Judaism.