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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 thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu

“I don’t take responsibility at all”

“I don’t take responsibility at all.” –President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden on March 13, 2020

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Messy Kitchen Exodus from Egypt (Coronavirus Passover)

Messy kitchen or perfect bourgeois Passover table? Honestly, which picture evokes better the sudden flight from bondage? Chag sameach!

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Pandemics, Plagues, and Jewish Thought (Jewish Quarterly Review) (Coronavirus)

Theological and philosophical reflections on pandemic and plague here at Jewish Quarterly Review, including Tamar Ross, Martin Kavka, Randi Rashkover, Aryeh Cohen, Laura Levitt, and Zachary Braiterman. A funny little set. Of a piece, these modest little blogposts thread together … Continue reading

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(Coronavirus) Modern Jackals in the City (Tel Aviv)

These beautiful pictures and more here at Haaretz. As people shut themselves indoors due to the Coronavirus, jackals move into the urban place of Ha’Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv.

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(Coronavirus) Hoarding Eggs in Israel (Passover)

For anyone interested in the matrix created by foodways, religious culture and ritual, mass society, and social psychology and object cathexis in particular local contexts, and coronavirus.  Feel free to throw in bio-power. In Israel, this is now a grave … Continue reading

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(Modern) Plague Doctor

[[from Wikipedia: Copper engraving of Doctor Schnabel (i.e., Dr. Beak), a plague doctor in seventeenth-century Rome, circa 1656]] He’s modern, not medieval, this bird-like figure. Of particular interest is the protective mask and costume dating to the early 17th C. … Continue reading

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Plague Discipline & Bio-Power (Foucault)

Throwing up my hands, re-reading after many years the famous chapter on Panopticism in Foucault’s classic study Discipline and Punish, first published in France in 1975. Readers today, responding to the Coronavirus, have already noted that plague quarantines and other … Continue reading

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