War Torah (Kinetic Judaism)


Any comment would really be superfluous, but I want to say that I’m suspending moral judgment. I should, however, say that as a scholar of religion and modern Judaism I’m caught between professional curiosity and personal incredulity. Thanks to Adam, Daniel, and Nitzan for sending these along to me.

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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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5 Responses to War Torah (Kinetic Judaism)

  1. DMS says:

    Why are you incredulous?

  2. Myron Joshua says:

    is this the archaic past and the modern morphing or the archaic past puncturing the presen(t)ce… strange and alien, yes.
    This can be dangerously monsterous- or perhaps redemptive- or an entangled mix of the two (which i guess would tend to the monsterous unless there was some solid intervention from enlightened representatives of the archaic)

  3. George says:

    If there is any, THIS post is a true sign of the split between American and Israeli Jewry. So, what you are basically saying here is that I, as a religious soldier might not take a Torah scroll to the battlefield while defending my country and family – because this would hurt the pacifistic sensibilities of the liberal American Jewish majority?

    • zjb says:

      This has nothing to do with the U.S. or Israel. I’m sure that there are plenty of Israelis who feel the same as I do. And I’m sure there are a lot of modern orthodox Jews who think the same as you. Personally, I just think it looks weird. But the substantive thing has more to do with what kind of Torah is brought into battle. Torat Ha’Melech?

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