This is a deeply personal look at the struggle between
commitment to Jewish religious tradition and personal
morality. Renowned Jewish philosopher Dr. David
Hartman, winner of the National Jewish Book Award,
draws on a lifetime of learning, teaching and experience
to present an intellectual framework for examining
covenantal theology as it is applied to religious life.
Tracking his own intellectual and spiritual development
as an Orthodox Jew and spiritual thinker, he probes some
of the most profound questions of inner religious conflict:
How does a person justify commitment to
Jewish law when it conflicts with a person's
deep moral sense?
Does personal intuition have a place in Jewish
Is making choices that favor moral convictions
equivalent to stepping out of the tradition?
What is lost personally, communally and
religiously when a person squelches his or her
ethical impulse in adherence to religious
As much an expression of his impassioned commitment
to Jewish law as it is testament to a lifetime of
intellectual questioning and courage, this bold
examination of the halakhic system offers fresh
insights into Judaism and the quest for spiritual