Fourth Year of the Blog –Alan Brill & the Orthodox Beat at Emunot ve’Deot

My older brother on the blogosphere, Alan Brill’s blog was my first realization of what you can do online. He tends to go deep, whereas I try to stay on the surface. –ZJB

The Book of Doctrines and Opinions:

This blog celebrated its fourth anniversary this past week during hol ha-moed.  Last year, I forgot to notice the third year milestone.

Over this time the posts have gotten longer and more like articles than short posts. People print and read them as articles. Or they note them and get to them a week or two later.

The original content was to reflect the tension between philosophy and lived religion, hence the title taken from Saadyah was to reflect the tension of philosophy –which Saadyah calls Emunot, things we cognitively accept– and the world of actual lived religion with its sects, personal opinions, and cultural forms- which he calls Deot, things based on character and predilection.

I did less philosophy this year because the discussions and papers about Torah min Hashamayim took a lion’s share of time.  These posts got the blog included on a list of the top fifty…

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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. http://religion.syr.edu
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