Midwest Book Review ● The Judaic Studies Shelf
Synopsis: Halakhah is the collective body of Jewish religious laws derived from the written and Oral Torah.
The role of halakhah is to serve as a bridge between our eternal Torah and the world’s changing realities. However, the dizzying pace of developments in postmodern society and the obsession with personal freedom are generating unprecedented gaps between Torah and reality, challenging our obedience to Halakhah, contributing to the erosion of rabbinic authority and causing a growing confusion within our community.
“The Narrow Halakhic Bridge: A Vision of Jewish Law in the Postmodern Age” explores the rigid and flexible elements of the Halakhic system, utilizing close to one thousand texts from rabbis of all generations, and offering a vision for the future of Halakhah in a world of doubt and change.
Critique: An extraordinary work of meticulous and impressively informative scholarship, “The Narrow Halakhic Bridge: A Vision of Jewish Law in the Postmodern Age” is thoroughly ‘reader friendly’ in organization and presentation, making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, synagogue, college, and university library Contemporary Judaic Studies collections and supplemental curriculum reading lists.
Editorial Note: Rabbi Ronen Neuwirth served as Rabbi of the Ohel Ari Congregation in Ra’anana and other Modern Orthodox communities in Israel for 15 years, and as the Rabbi of Bnei Akiva of North America. He was the founder and first executive director of Beit Hillel, director of the rabbinic training program of the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization and director of its overseas department. He also worked in Israel’s hi-tech industry and served as a captain in the Navy Special Forces.