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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

Virtual Judaism of the Mishnah (Jacob Neusner & Gilles Deleuze)

Reading Neusner’s classic Judaism: The Evidence of the Mishnah at long last and past midcareer. I am unsure if earlier I would have ever appreciated the book enough or at all or I would have been able to conceive the … Continue reading

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Deleuze Talmud Notes

  I think it holds up, this little exercise in transposing Deleuzian concepts into a theory of philosophical Talmud: Talmud of Difference and Repetition Talmud would constitute repetition of Torah, and like repetition assumes the status of echo, doubles, or … Continue reading

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Thought and Image (Deleuze Cinema)

I’m reading chapters 7-8 of Cinema 2 as a single, complete, and coherent unit that touch upon the image as a work of thought. There are 3 complex parts to these reflections in chapter 7. The endpoint is to theorize … Continue reading

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Rise and Resist Happy Fourth of July Civil Disobedience (Therese Patricia Okoumou)

Rise and Resist. Because of people like Therese Patricia Okoumou, this is why I love this country. Here’s the story and video at the New York Post.  “The unidentified daredevil took Lady Liberty at around 3:33 p.m. and then toyed … Continue reading

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(Interview with Batsheva Goldman-Ida) Hasidic Art & the Kabbalah

Originally posted on The Book of Doctrines and Opinions::
The presentation of history using objects is currently the trend in many books and exhibits. There are books on the history of a given topic in 8, 10, or 50 objects.…

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City of Curiosities (Urban Pop Up Art)

It’s gone now, but there was this temporary installation of privately funded public art at the corner of St Nicholas and Frederick Douglass. Boxes were installed into a plain plywood wall. It’s pop-up art. Politically and morally, it’s a mixed … Continue reading

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(Agitated) Philosophy and Art (Adrian Piper)

Check out the big Adrian Piper exhibition currently at MoMA. Her work goes back to the 1970s. Piper worked at the intersection of art, philosophy, and politics. I am going to write more about her later, but for now I’m … Continue reading

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