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Beginnings

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Abstract

This chapter offers an autobiographical accounting of Wiener Dow’s journey to the halakha. From his childhood in Houston, Texas, in which he was drawn toward a Jewish praxis incommensurate with his surroundings, through his college years, and into his years studying for personal rabbinic ordination from Rabbi David Hartman, his path reveals an attentiveness to a commanding voice—and to a community that tries to give expression, though its rigorous praxis, to a life of devotion to the Divine.

This autobiographical starting point results not only from the author’s philosophical commitments, but also from his understanding of halakha as a form of open-ended doing that requires a willingness to negotiate simultaneous commitments to personal authenticity, communal norm, and the command of the Divine.

Keywords

halakha and authenticity Jewish spiritual biography halakha as personal journey Leibowitz, Hartman, and Heschel 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Shalom Hartman InstituteJerusalemIsrael

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