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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.

The Commute Resumes (This Morning)

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Jewishness Beyond Actual Jews (Response to Lila Corwin Berman)

[John Singer Sargent, Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her Children (1896). Jewish Museum, New York] Perhaps as a new genre and for what it’s worth, I’m offering as “an unsolicited response these reflections regarding the recent article by historian Lila Corwin Berman that … Continue reading

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American Jewish Future (Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl)

About universalism and particularism in the American synagogue, in-marriage and out-marriage, open space and closed space,  technology and prayer, ethnicity and race, religion and affect, Israel and the world, you can read here this interview with Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl of … Continue reading

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(Modern Jewish Thought & Religion) and (Religion & Jewish Studies)

One last query about modern and contemporary Jewish philosophy and thought attached to a query about Religious Studies and Jewish Studies. The first is about “religion” and the study of modern (and contemporary Jewish thought, the other about the place … Continue reading

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(A Modest Proposal) Subjects-Of or Objects-For (Jewish Philosophy & Thought)

[Richard Serra, One Ton Prop (House of Cards), 1969] Here’s a thought. As a historical thing, Jewish Philosophy and Thought has been the practice in which Jews and a putative Judaism are the subjects of thought and the objects of … Continue reading

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(Who’s In & Who’s Out) How We Think (One More Question re: Jewish Philosophy & Thought)

Saving the ugliest question for last. How does the study of Modern Jewish Philosophy and Thought position in the canon Jewish thinkers like Arendt, Benjamin, Cassirer, Jonas about whom Jewishness (i.e. a Jewish social and intellectual subject position and experience) … Continue reading

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(A Question for Modern Jewish Thought) Does Contemporary Jewish Thought Exist?

[Eva Hesse Accretion (1968] It used to bother me in the 1990s when I’d see colleagues refer to modern Jewish philosophers like Buber and Rosenzweig as “postmodern.” The logic seemed to have been that since they allegedly they broke with … Continue reading

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