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The Going

A Meditation on Jewish Law


  • Provides a phenomenological study of halakha

  • Addresses both philosophical and theological audiences

  • Allows reader to enter the discourse irrespective of the level of their prior knowledge


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Leon Wiener Dow
    Pages 1-21
  3. Leon Wiener Dow
    Pages 23-46
  4. Leon Wiener Dow
    Pages 47-70
  5. Leon Wiener Dow
    Pages 71-95
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 97-106

About this book


In a work that casts philosophical and theological reflections against a backdrop of personal experience, Leon Wiener Dow offers a learned discourse that elucidates the telos of Jewish law and the philosophical-theological commitments that animate it. To the reader gazing upon the halakha from the outside, this book offers a glimpse of its central, orienting concepts. To the reader who lives amidst the rigor of halakha, this book bestows an insightful glance at the law’s orienting ethos and higher aspirations that often remain opaque.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Shalom Hartman InstituteJerusalemIsrael

About the authors

Leon Wiener Dow is a research fellow and a member of the faculty at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, Israel.

Bibliographic information


“In its depth and breadth, this work is theologically stunning. … Its erudition, sophistication, and verve testify that halakhah is neither only an object of study nor a paved highway but, rather, a path that, in its being traveled, is constantly redirected in view of divine command and human experience.” (Yonatan Y. Brafman, Journal of Jewish Ethics, Vol. 5 (2), 2019)