We are pleased to announce the release of Volume 7, Issue 1, of the Journal of Textual Reasoning. "Autonomy, Community, and the Jewish Self," features an article of the same name by Hannah Hashkes of the Shalem Center, Jerusalem, and response essays from Daniel Maoz (Concordia University, Montreal), Ephraim Meir (Bar-Ilan University), Jacob Goodson (College of William and Mary), Zachary Braiterman (Syracuse University), and Akiba Lerner (Santa Clara University).
The writers examine the conflict between personal autonomy and religious commitment: as Peter Ochs and Rebecca Levi write in the introduction, "how is it possible for a contemporary Jew to honor both the modern liberal ideal of personal autonomy, and the authority of revealed religious sources or of any of the literatures, practices and communities that serve them?"
A further note: as stated in the introduction, we invite reader responses to this issue. If you are so moved, please send responses (200-1000 words) to Rebecca Levi (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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