Toward a Genuine Jewish Philosophy. True Jewish thought and philosophy must be sought in the enormous corpus of Midrash and Aggadah of the Land of Israel which the Rabbis bequeathed us. Although the Rabbis were not systematic thinkers, their extensive teachings allow us to discern sublime philosophical and theological concepts in their thought.
Talmud Yerushalmi, Midrash, Theology and Ideology. The Talmud Yerushalmi and the Palestinian Midrashim have much common material. However, this common material often contains significant differences which point to theological and ideological differences between the two works. Further differences of this kind can also be gleaned by looking at portions of Midrash that were left out by the Talmud Yerushalmi.
Jewish will and its ability to influence nature and God’s decree in the Talmud Yerushalmi. The Talmud Yerushalmi maintains a strong conviction that the Jewish People have the ability to influence nature, time and God’s decrees. While other Rabbinic sources may speak about God accepting the decisions of the Jewish People or making changes in nature to accomodate the righteous, none gives the Jewish People the power of the Universe so poignantly
God’s Personal Involvement in the Salvation of the Jewish People (berakhoth 9:1 60a)
The Equality of all Jews.
God’s Intervention for Jews.
God Locked into the Framework of His Creation