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About zjb

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

UNDERSTANDING ANTISEMITISM: AN OFFERING TO OUR MOVEMENT (Jews For Racial & Economic Justice)

An excellent resource on understanding anti-Semitism from a left, anti-racist perspective put together by Jews For Racial & Economic Justice. The text is agnostic about Zionism, an ideology it refuses to reject out of hand, even as it supports legitimate criticism … Continue reading

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Spiritual Journeys of Allen Ginsberg (Yaakov Ariel) (Tel Aviv University)

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American Jewish Millennial Jewish Identity (Ari Kelman, et.al.)

What they reject in religion is “law” and “authority.” For anyone interested in these kinds of things, there’s a fascinating study of young American Jews and Jewish identity just out, which you can read here. The co-authors are Ari Y. Kelman, … Continue reading

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The Elementary Forms of Religious “Life” Are Psycho-Biological (Durkheim)

Re-reading The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, I thought I knew what to expect. What I did not expect was the emphasis in Durkheim on “life.” I should have expected it. It’s there in the clear light of day in … Continue reading

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Religious Life & The Division of Labor in Society (Durkheim)

Reading The Elementary Forms of Religious Life for the Religion Department graduate Theories and Methods seminar, I am now concluding that you cannot understand this foundational text without having read The Division of Labor in Society. In other words, “religious … Continue reading

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Leon Wieseltier & The Limits of Jewish Moralism

Especially for those of us exercised by so-called Jewish ethics, “The Sins of Leon Wieseltier” which you can read here by Joseph Epstein at the Weekly Standard is cruel and painful reading, excellent for the take down of a sexual … Continue reading

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(Faces) Trump & Jared

One face about to swallow itself up in rage, the other enveloped in fear

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