Abstract

This essay takes the work of Eugene Borowitz, specifically his articulation of covenant theology, to display several serious problems in Jewish normative thinking. It focuses on three broad issues: (1) the unjustified and unjustifiable leap in Borowitz's argument for the centrality of covenant to Jewish experience, (2) the ease with which one might rescript his argument as a manifesto for Jewish assimilation to America, and (3) the inability of Borowitz's covenant theology to be as supportive of the individual as he claims it to be. In its conclusion, this essay shows how a minor strand of Borowitz's thought might serve as the beginning to a solution of these problems.

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