Asher Lewis Shane (1911—1991)

continued occasionally to discharge, most melodiously, until the end of his life: this, too, strengthened his consciousness of Judaism as an historical continuity. While he was at Oxford, contact with Herbert Loewe stimulated in him awareness of the need to apply historical understanding to Hebrew origins and to the emergence of Judaism as a religious and social complex that welds faith and ethics to law, rather than taking institutional Judaism for granted. He was conscious of his debt in this respect to Oxford, and took a most active part in securing funds for the provision of a purpose-built university synagogue. His chosen profession deepened his respect for rabbinic jurisprudence, and although himself no talmud? ist he made it his business to acquire a layman’s understanding of the workings of the legal system which the Talmud embodies and its attitude towards the various strata of authority.

All these interests combined to

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