Shabbat: Aesthetic Judaism

Fire, wine, bread –the material elemental building blocks of Shabbat

Idea, sound, suspended animation –less palpable shapes.

Everything else is commentary

[footnote: The term “Aesthetic Judaism” is Jonathan Karp’s from an essay on Moses Mendelssohn’s Kohelet Musar, in Ross Brann and Adam Sutcliffe: Renewing the Past. Reconfiguring  Jewish Culture: From Al-Andalus to the Haskalah. It’s future appearance in JPP will appear without attribution]

About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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