The issue of Judaism's relationship to wisdom derived from non-Jewish sources has been one of the most basic concerns of Jewish intellectual history from antiquity to modern times. As the encounters between traditional Jews and world culture become ever more extensive in the digital age, this tension is perhaps more relevant now than ever. In Judaism's Encounter with Other Cultures: Rejection or Integration?, four eminent scholars provide fresh insight into this continuing discussion. In compelling essays, they present multiple angles to the issue, providing a rich sampling of source material and offering an eloquent case for the perpetuation of Judaism's dialogue and cultural interaction with the outside world.The first three essays of this classic volume-by Professors Gerald Blidstein, David Berger, and Shnayer Z. Leimanpresent comprehensive and authoritative historical overviews of central themes in the debate over Judaism's encounter with world culture. The final essay a breathtaking philosophical, halakhic, and educational opus by Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein has become a primary source in a discussion which continues to resonate deeply among committed Jews.
David Berger is Ruth and I. Lewis Gordon Professor of Jewish History and Dean at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies of Yeshiva University.
Gerald J. Blidstein is Professor Emeritus at Ben-Gurion University, where he served as Hubert Professor of Jewish Law and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Shnayer Z. Leiman is Professor Emeritus of Jewish History and Literature in the Department of Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College (CUNY) and also teaches at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University.
Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein z.z'l (1933- 2015), was rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Har Etzion for over forty years.
Jacob J. Schacter is University Professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University and Senior Scholar at its Center for the Jewish Future.