Monthly Archives: September 2012

Zionist Culture Criticism (anti-Judaism)

(Joseph Hayyim Brenner) It’s probably not a bad idea to remember that Zionism also has a face. I said awhile back that I wasn’t going to post about either it or Israel, that I wanted to take a break, and … Continue reading

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Franz Rosenzweig Zionist (1 Last Word re: Judith Butler’s New Book)

I don’t think you can build a non-sovereign Judaism by cherry picking texts culled from Benjamin, Arendt, and Levinas. Reading Judith Butler’s book against Zionism, I was struck by the figure of Franz Rosenzweig, who, in “The Star of Redemption,” … Continue reading

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Non-Sovereign Ethical Monotheism (More Judith Butler, Judaism After Zionism)

In a critical pushback to my previous post re: Judith Butler’s new book, my friend and colleague Shaul Magid is right that the book has less to do with Zionism per se and more about disconnecting Judaism from a certain … Continue reading

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Mahzor (Rosh Hashanah Liturgical Image)

Esslingen Mahzor , Germany, 1290

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Shanah Tovah u’Metukah (A Good Sweet Year)

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“Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism” (Judith Butler)

(Kandinsky, “Square with Concentric Circles,” 1913) (from the cover). What still strikes me most of all as I continue to think about and re-edit this blogpost about Parting Ways, Judith Butler’s book about Jewishness and Zionism, are [1] the static notions … Continue reading

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Jewish Philosophy Place at Facebook

Inviting everybody to “like” the FB Page for Jewish Philosophy Place. “Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life; to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

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Ethical Fabrication (Aesthetics)

I’m not sure this is exactly what my friend and colleague Gail Hamner at Syracuse University had in mind, but the idea of “the beautiful soul” is an old idea in Enlightenment and post Enlightenment German moral theory, circa 1800. … Continue reading

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Non-Foundational Ethics (Laurie Zoloth)

Laurie Zoloth came to Syracuse University to talk about Jewish bioethics. As always, Laurie’s remarks took on the appearance of a seamless fusion of theory and practice, rabbinic reflection and contemporary ethical exigencies. From the Talmud Laurie introduces a theoretical … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Tokyo Green Space:
御宿海岸から駅に行く途中で、赤い蟹を見つけました。 A red crab spotted between the beach and the train station.

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