Bill Aron (Cover photograph) Northvale, New Jersey: Jason Aronson Inc., 1994. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. xx, 153,  pages. Footnotes. Preface by Waxman, a list of Contributors, and an Index. Includes chapters on A View from the Fleshpots; Does Place Make a Difference?; The Obligation of Aliyah and the Prohibition of leaving Israel in the Contemporary Era; A Central Rabbinic Authority: Costs and Tradeoffs; The Israeli Chief Rabbinate: A Current Halakhic Perspective. This is one of The Oxford Forum Series, A Project of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, An affiliate of Yeshiva University. The authors of the essays perceive the State of Israel as having halakhic significance for all of Judaism and Jewry. These leading thinkers from the disciplines of Halakhah, Israeli law, the social sciences, and philosophy consider such issues as the mitzvah of making aliyah--moving to Israel--and the prohibition against leaving the Holy Land; how religious Zionists face up theologically to living in Galut--the Diaspora. The contributors to this volume were participants in the Orthodox Forum, an annual gathering of scholars who meet to consider major issues of concern to the Jewish community. Chaim Isaac Waxman (born February 26, 1941) is an American sociologist. Waxman received his B.A. in sociology from Yeshiva University. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from The New School for Social Research. He was a Senior Fellow at the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute in Jerusalem until 2009. He is a Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. Waxman served as the president of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry from 1979 to 1981. The creation of the State of Israel has dramatically affected the status and self-identity of Jews around the world. For religious Jews, Israel has a special dimension as a religious reality. Israel is not simply a secular, sociopolitical entity that is important because it is a Jewish state. It is also the land promised to the Jewish people by God in the Torah itself. The authors of the essays in Israel as a Religious Reality perceive the State of Israel as having halakhic significance for all of Judaism and Jewry. These leading thinkers from the disciplines of halakhah, Israeli law, the social sciences, and philosophy consider such issues as the mitzvah of making aliyah - moving to Israel - and the prohibition against leaving the Holy Land; how religious Zionists face up theologically to living in Galut - the Diaspora; for observant Jewry, the advantages and disadvantages of a central rabbinic authority; the halakhic status and authority of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel; and the extent to which Orthodox Jews view their religious realities differently, depending on whether they live in Israel or in the Diaspora. According to the editor, Dr. Chaim Waxman, "The conference papers upon which the essays in this volume are based inspired much thought and valuable discussion. It is hoped that in their revised form, for this volume, they will reach an even wider audience and help stimulate new religious Zionist thought and action in the American Orthodox community as well as those worldwide." The contributors to this volume were participants in the Orthodox Forum, an annual gathering of scholars who meet to consider major issues of concern to the Jewish community. Condition: Very Good / Very Good (some sticker residue on the back panel).
Keywords: Israel, Jews, Religion, Galut, Orthodoxy, Disapora, Aliyah, Rambam, Maimonides, Rabbinic Authority, Chief Rabbinate, Halakhic, Eretz Yisrael, Zionism