Monthly Archives: December 2015

Remembering Michael Wyschogrod (z”l) & The Body of Faith

Saddened by the recent passing of Michael Wyschogod. I knew him only briefly, getting to meet him during my year teaching at Rice. I saw him frequently at the local Habad. I remember the first time I read The Body of … Continue reading

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(bell hooks) Race, Gender, Religion & Spirituality

In case you missed it, this interview with bell hooks in the NYT Opinionator is pretty interesting. Its focus is the intersection between race, gender, religion, and spirituality. You can read it here. I found most interesting two things: [1] … Continue reading

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CFP: Techno Glitches & The Study of Religion (Graduate Conference) (Syracuse University)

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Mind-Body Parallelism (Report from the Field) (AJS 2015)

The one conversation was with a brilliant young colleague about the super-abstract and mind-bending Brisker method in Talmud-legal analysis. The other was with a senior colleague about the history and philosophy of science (biology, systems biology, embryology, and the like) … Continue reading

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Animal Philosophy (AJS 2015)

These 3 sessions were highlights from my yesterday: [1] Angels and Labyrinths, [2] the Jewish Difference Group, and [3] Jewish Languages and Logics. I’ve never in my life seen a “Jericho labyrinth” or P.F. Strawson used at the AJS. Apparently you … Continue reading

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Midcentury American Jewish Thought (And Visual Thinking) (AJS Conference 2015)

An honor to be on this panel. But the completely inadequate subtitle to my paper as published in the program actually proves the basic point I want to make about “visual thinking.” MIDCENTURY AMERICAN JEWISH THOUGHT Monday December 14, 3:000-4:30 (Jefferson room) Chair: … Continue reading

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Property of Huston Smith (Department of Religion, Syracuse University)

An artifact housed in the seminar room, Department of Religion, Syracuse University. I’m pretty sure no one ever uses it anymore.  

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Restructuring (Department of Religion at Syracuse University)

I’m proud to have helped restructure the graduate (and undergraduate) program in the Department of Religion. The department has re-organized itself around three clearly articulated methodological models with which to pursue study of traditional religious and regional cultures like American Christian, Buddhist, … Continue reading

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Walter Benjamin Conference (“SPACES, PLACES, CITIES, AND SPATIALITY”) (Tel Aviv)

“SPACES, PLACES, CITIES, AND SPATIALITY” International Walter Benjamin Society Conference December 13 – December 16 International Walter Benjamin Society Conference The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University, 2015 Organizers: Eli Friedländer, Yoav Rinon, Ilit Ferber, Vivian Liska http://walterbenjamin.info/event/international-walter-benjamin-society-conference-spaces-places-cities-and-spatiality/ Download Program … Continue reading

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Theory & Practive (Jewish Studies at Syracuse University)

I hope we’re doing exciting things. What with the AJS conference coming up, I wanted to brag a little bit, not so much about the Jewish Studies Program at Syracuse, but about our students. A premium is placed in the … Continue reading

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