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Jewish Theology in Our Time

A New Generation Explores the Foundations and Future of Jewish Belief

Edited by Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove, PhD
Foreword by Rabbi David J.Wolpe
Preface by Rabbi Carole B. Balin, PhD

6 x 9, 240 pp, Hardcover, 978-1-58023-413-9

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A powerful and challenging examination of what Jews believe today—
by a new generation’s dynamic and innovative thinkers.

At every critical juncture in Jewish history, Jews have understood a dynamic theology to be essential for a vital Jewish community. This important collection sets the next stage of Jewish theological thought, bringing together a cross section of interesting new voices from all movements in Judaism to inspire and stimulate discussion now and in the years to come.

Provocative and wide-ranging, these invigorating and creative insights from a new generation’s thought leaders provide a coherent and inspiring picture of Jewish belief in our time.

Contributors: Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, DHL • Rabbi Rachel Sabath • Beit-Halachmi, PhD • Rabbi Daniel M. Bronstein, PhD • Simon Cooper, PhD • Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove, PhD • Rabbi Jonathan Crane, PhD • Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum • Eitan Fishbane, PhD • Rabbi Jeremy Gordon • Rabbi Shai Held • Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels • Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky • Rabbi Naamah Kelman • Rabbi Asher Lopatin • Rabbi Michael Marmur, PhD • Rabbi Evan Moffic • Rabbi Leon A. Morris • Rabbi Daniel Nevins • Rabbi William Plevan • Rabbi Or N. Rose • Benjamin Sax, PhD • Marc B. Shapiro, PhD • Benjamin D. Sommer, PhD • Rabbi Eliyahu Stern

“Very stimulating.”

Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter

“Demonstrates ... that there is a future to the Jewish theological enterprise.... A superb text for a theology discussion group or adult education class.”

CJ: Voices of Conservative/Masorti Judaism

“Demonstrates that there is not only a future to the Jewish theological enterprise in America but an exciting, fully realized, and challenging future. Abraham Joshua Heschel and Mordecai Kaplan would be thrilled. This book belongs on the shelf of every serious student of Jewish thought.”

Rabbi Neil Gillman, PhD, Aaron Rabinowitz and Simon H. Rifkind Emeritus Professor of Jewish Philosophy, The Jewish Theological Seminary; author, Doing Jewish Theology: God, Torah and Israel in Modern Judaism

“Could hardly be more timely.”

Jewish Chronicle (London)

“The Jewish conversation about God has continued for thousands of years. The wonderful collection of new voices represented in [this book] enriches not only the conversation but also the reader who will discover how rich, varied, and meaningful that conversation can be.”          

Rabbi Laura Geller, senior rabbi, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

“Groundbreaking and powerful in presenting deep theological concepts.”

New York Jewish Week

“Raises important questions.... Eloquently makes the case that individuals ... can and do struggle with the right ways to approach God.... Enlightening.”

San Diego Jewish News

“Intellectually and spiritually exhilarating. Indeed, it augurs well for the future of American Judaism.”

Paul Mendes-Flohr, PhD, professor of Jewish thought, University of Chicago Divinity School; professor emeritus, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

“Masterfully assembled and beautifully presented ... inspiring.... Brings together some of the most creative thinkers in the organized Jewish community today.”


Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove, PhD, is rabbi at Park Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan. He received his masters of Hebrew letters from American Jewish University, studied at the Schechter Institute of Judaic Studies in Jerusalem, and was ordained at The Jewish Theological Seminary. He received his doctorate in the history of Judaism from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Rabbi David J. Wolpe is rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, and author of Why Faith Matters, among other books.

Rabbi Carole B. Balin, PhD, is professor of Jewish history at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion. She is currently working on an updated version of the 1984 edition of Liberal Judaism with Dr. Eugene B. Borowitz and Frances W. Schwartz.


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