Monthly Archives: March 2019

(Dribs & Drabs) Canon & Translation (Ashkenaz)

Scholars in the field call upon Jewish Studies and Jewish Philosophy and Thought to pay attention to the thought world of Eastern European Jews, what I have been calling Ashkenaz, and they complain about the ignorance of their colleagues who … Continue reading

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(Leviticus) Right Action Right Thought (Hertz Pentateuch)

So far, not so much to say about the commentary to Leviticus in the classical Hertz Pentateuch & Haftorahs (1936), but there was a little and illuminating note in the introduction. On the one hand, Hertz argues that the intent … Continue reading

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Questions about Ashkenaz & Gender

Responding to colleague-friend-comrades calling for more serious look at East European Jewish history and culture, and with my own stakes in religion, here is another thought about what I’d like to call Ashkenaz. I’m also responding to colleague-friend-comrades Laura Levitt … Continue reading

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An Open Question Re: Eastern Europe and Contemporary Jewish Thought and Philosophy (Ashkenaz)

Looking for help from modern Jewish Studies and Jewish philosophy and thought people: I’m trying to think thru challenges posted by Eliyahu Stern and Shaul Magid that we need to take into account the thought-worlds of East European Jews into … Continue reading

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Judaism, Gender, Secularism, and Religion (Cornell University)

Kudos to Cara Rock Singer for organizing Gendering and Embodying the Jew: Judaism, Secularism, and the Politics of Difference, a workshop held yesterday at Cornell. Alongside the intensive look at gender, most interesting for me is the way religion was … Continue reading

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Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism & Jewish Power (In Search of Some Definition)

Apologies for this long, unpleasant post and the reactive content. Some of the material began to gestate last summer. Rather than string them out over a number of days as individual blogposts, I have composited a set of smaller single … Continue reading

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Jewish Nation State of the Jewish People (Avi Katz)

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