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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.

Kosher Cloned Pork (Halakhah & the Biological Sciences)

According to the rabbi in this article in the Times of Israel, Yuval Cherlow of the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization in Israel, cloned meat loses its animal character, thus permitting the kosher consumption of cloned pork, with milk. The opinion suggests … Continue reading

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Affect & Potential (Aristotle)

When defining affect, many will go back to Spinoza, the capacity for being affected.  More useful perhaps is this from Aristotle which I think should be read in tandem with this bit on potentiality. The first puts the emphasis on alteration, … Continue reading

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Tillerson (Pirkei Avot 2:6)

About day old news about the recent Tillerson removal from the State Department, which is already old news, I was reminded of an even older rabbinic dictum. Among the many fine sayings ascribed to Hillel in Pirkei Avot and elsewhere … Continue reading

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Jane (Death & Primate Aggression)

(SPOILER ALERT) I missed seeing Jane, the documentary on Jane Goodall by Brett Morgan when it was out in the theaters. It aired last night on television on the National Geographic channel. Taking a break from I Claudius and from thinking … Continue reading

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Reactionary Not Radical (Meir Kahane & Louis Farrakhan)

The latest brouhaha about Farrakhan confusing large parts of the U.S. left comes down to the difference between radicals and reactionaries. Reactionaries of every stripe always say they are acting to lift up this or that beloved community. That they … Continue reading

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(On Recognition) Blacks & Jews & the Women’s March (Farrakhan Again)

The details, of course, are well-known by now. Farrakhan, a master conspiracy theorist, emerges from out under the rocks like some scaly monster to pronounce against his longtime enemies, “the “powerful Jews,” warning that “their time is up, your world … Continue reading

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(Call for Applications) Image Prohibition and the Monotheistic Triangle (PhD Program in Berlin)

  CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2 PhD-­‐Positions E 13/TV-­‐L, 50 %, Third-­‐Party Financing SELMA STERN ZENTRUM FÜR JÜDISCHE STUDIEN BERLIN-­‐BRANDENBURG and FREIE UNIVERSITÄT BERLIN   General The  Selma  Stern  Zentrum  für  Jüdische  Studien  Berlin-­‐Brandenburg  invites  applications  for  2  PhD-­‐ positions from … Continue reading

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