Purim (Sick in the Street)

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Yes, the synagogue is a public institution. But compared to in Israel, diaspora Judaism is not really social. It’s indoors. Except here and there, diaspora Judaism doesn’t happen on “the street.” It has no “space of appearance.” As “a Zionist,” I tend for the most part to think that that’s not such a great thing, most of the time. Chag Purim sameach.

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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4 Responses to Purim (Sick in the Street)

  1. dmf says:

    that’s the real tension tho I think to move out of the confines of the closed/private realm seems to lead to being caught up in the trends of the public/secular markets, no?

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