By Emmanuel Levinas

A suite of essays relationship from among 1969 and 1980, treating particular Jewish difficulties: exegetic method, issues of Jewish doctrine, Jewish non secular philosophy, and modern political and cultural matters. additionally it is 5 Talmudic readings. The e-book might be of vast curiosity among the philosophical and spiritual group at huge.

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Higher and higher, irreversibly. Is this not an interpretation of profound temporality, or of the very diachrony of time? The striving of the holy towards the holier, the 'more' already working at the heart of the 'less'. A structure of valuing which is very different from that which we give to valuing in our daily existence, and in our daily or non-daily philosophy. More exactly, perhaps, there is a distinction to be made between relative value and holy values which are defined precisely by this exaltation, by this transition from the good to the better; the life of value is a holy history....

Ammi said, From these words of R. Jose we learn that even though a man learns but one chapter in the morning and one chapter 14 BEYOND THE VERSE in the evening he has thereby fulfilled the precept of 'This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth' (Joshua 1: 8). R. Johanan said in the name of R. Simeon b. Yohai, Even though a man but reads the Shema morning and evening he has thereby fulfilled the precept of '(This book of the law) shall not depart'. It is forbidden, however, to say this in the presence of 'am ha-arez [an uncultured man].

In his commentary, Rashi introduces here the most original category of our text; to the overabundance of the blessing he adds a beyond of duty, which is not a mere setting free from duty. The Torah is a permanence because it is a debt that cannot be paid. The more you pay your debt, the more in debt you become; in other words, the better you see the extent of what remains to be discovered and done. A category that is to be transposed into the relation with the other man that the Torah teaches: the closer you get to the other, the greater your responsibility towards him becomes.

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