Roth Publishes Book on Morality and Religion

Newest Volume Aims to Bring Clarity to Differences in Meaning 

Jewish Ideas in Morality and Religion, the latest book by Rabbi Dr. Sol Roth, adjunct professor of philosophy at Yeshiva University, has been published by KTAV Publishing House.

In this volume Rabbi Dr. Roth’s builds on his application of the analytic method in his teaching of philosophy. Throughout his intellectual career, Rabbi Dr. Roth’s goal has been to bring greater clarification of Jewish concepts to both his students and his readers by rigorous use of logical methods to assure the validity of arguments and by contrasting religious and moral notions with the corresponding ideas of other cultures. In Jewish Ideas in Morality and Religion Rabbi Dr. Roth addresses the use of identical terms to describe fundamental cultural concepts that are radically different, generating confusion. This work delineates critical differences in the meaning of the Jewish concepts of freedom, rights, equality, justice, wisdom, faith, and belief.

Rabbi Dr. Sol Roth was ordained by the University’ Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS). He is currently adjunct professor of philosophy and the Samson Raphael Hirsch Professor of Torah and Derekh Eretz at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. His previous books include Science and Religion; The Jewish Idea of Community; Halakhah and Politics The Jewish Idea of a State; and The Jewish Idea of Culture. He has also contributed articles to numerous Jewish learning journals.

Yeshiva University granted Rabbi Dr. Roth the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity and established a chair in his honor, The Rabbi Dr. Sol Roth Chair in Talmud and Contemporary Halakha.

Rabbi Dr. Roth was the Rabbi of the Fifth Avenue Synagogue in New York City for 18 years and is currently Rabbi Emeritus there. He has also served as President of the Rabbinical Council of America, the New York Board of Rabbis and the Religious Zionists of America.