Tiny Torah (Cute Judaism) (Women of the Wall)

tiny torah

In Our Aesthetic Categories, Sianne Ngai identifies “cute” as a contemporary category of aesthetic judgment.  This has to be the “cutest” little Torah ever. Its object character is simply adorable. Small and ready to hand. You could just eat it up. Women of the Wall smuggled it into the women’s section at the Wall where they read from it in public. “Never again,” the rabbi at the Wall promised. You can read about it here. Cousin Nitzan staying with us from Israel thinks it’s treif, but that’s because she’s super secular. Maybe cute is a category of religious judgment as well. Contemporary Judaism can be kind of “cute,” sometimes too much so.

 

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish though and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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