Shavuot as Seen by Hartman Scholars: Revelation and Modernity
06.05.2013, by Shalom Hartman Institute
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Do religion and God function within their own private discourse of ethics and rationality? Is our job to watch and follow and learn what is good and true? Or is the fact that God loves something make it good and true?
But we also live in the modern world. Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman says Jewish tradition speaks through the language and imagery revelation, while modernity rarely gives itself to the claim of revelation.
Shavuot is, in the words of David Hartman, a day of meditation, a holiday of learning, in which Jews truly become the People of the Book.
These are the issues modern Jews must wrestle with, Rabbi Donniel Hartman says. In that spirit, we offer this special content section, in which Hartman Institute scholars explore questions of pluralism, revelation, modernity, and more.
Shavuot is also one of the most important days of the year at Shalom Hartman Institute, as we are dedicated to learning yearround, and this holiday is an opportunity to share that with the general public both in Israel and now, online.