Jeffrey Radon is a teacher of Jewish studies who very much identifies with his orthodox background and lifestyle – he does not identify with an orthodox conception of Judaism.His main argument in this book is that an orthodox (correct belief) conception of Judaism is not only not authentic as is widely believed, but is a distortion of traditional Judaism based upon the Hebrew Bible and Talmud – and, an orthodox version of Judaism is a later historical development following the Talmudic period. He uses the term orthoprax (correct deeds) in the sense of describing the authentic nature of traditional Judaism emphasizing deeds above faith as the essence of religion and not requiring a binding creed.Most important, an orthodox conception of Judaism necessarily leads to division and fragmentation among the Jewish people in delegitimizing those not bound by orthodox dogma and ideology. An orthoprax conception of Judaism in emphasizing good deeds as the essence of religion allows for the bridging of gaps among Jews of differing views and approaches by focusing upon what is in common to all Jews – a commitment to a moral life of good deeds.
“The nature of the Hebrew Bible and traditional Talmudic Judaism, if we insist upon using Latin terms, is orthoprax, which literally means correct practice, implying that Biblical religion and traditional Talmudic Judaism demand right behavior (ethically and ritually) but no formal theological dogma.” (Jeffrey Radon)
- Publisher : Mazo Publishers (February 15, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 210 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1946124432