50.03 Geometry (pps.40-41)

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Rabbinic thought must have coherence.
—M. Kadushin165

Indeed Judaism congratulates itself on its internal cohesiveness. This claim is valid primarily in the realm of talmudic exegesis and Halachic development. In the realm of Jewish philosophy the same claim cannot truly be made. There are more than a few loose ends. While we may presume that embedded in Jewish canon and tradition lies a cohesive, integrated, and powerful philosophical structure, if it has been articulated we have not seen it. Thus, while over the millennia there has been a near-obsessive touching up of the minutiae of Halachah on the frescos of the cathedral dome, the underlying philosophical foundation has been allowed to remain less than convincingly completely developed.166

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165 Kadushin, The Rabbinic Mind, p. 14.

166 See ibid., p. 15. “Can we discern in the great array of ideas or concepts any form of organization, or at least, any organizing principle? This is, we believe, the central problem in the study of Rabbinic Judaism.”

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