The first decade of the twenty-first century saw the publication of three bold articulations of contemporary Jewish theology by Michael Fishbane, Byron Sherwin, and Arthur Green. These extended reflections on Jewish belief represent the mature harvest of many years of thinking and teaching and, as the first fruits of the new century, can be expected to have significant impact on the next generation of Jewish theologians. Regrettably, Rabbi Dr. Byron L. Sherwin (b. February 18, 1946) passed away on May 22, 2015. Although his active contributions to Jewish thought and life have ceased, “the voice still speaks.”

Rabbi Sherwin was associated with the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership for forty-five years, beginning in 1970, following his rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. I was among his first group of students. Referring to my English name, he welcomed me by asking, “What's a good Jewish boy doing with...

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