Michael Wyschogrod and the Scandal of Jewish Theology

A Capstone Celebration of Hadar's Advanced Kollel

Vincent Calabrese

Philosophical reflection can make the idea of a personal God seem hopelessly problematic. The person of faith is often tempted to respond by simply dismissing the power of reason and the arguments which cast doubt on the God of Abraham. Against the background of this dilemma, the theologian Michael Wyschogrod sought to mark out a paradoxical path for the Jewish believer: at once insisting that the personhood of God is philosophically impossible, and existentially essential.