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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

Allies (Code Pink + Neturei Karta)

The question is whether one should expect more from the anti-Zionist left than one would from the Neturei Karta in terms of political and moral judgment. Only a universe composed of infinite possibilities can do justice to the alignment of Ariel … Continue reading

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(2’s) Jews & Muslims & POC

This is the pattern: More and more, Jews and Muslims and POC are going to be bound together at the hip in an incredibly complex and painful dynamic of twos. [1] Prominent Muslim Americans and people of color say dodgy … Continue reading

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The Gentile (Jewish Invisibility & Disappearance)

There are how many books about Jews and Jewish identity? Cynthia Baker wrote an important book, Jew and the Jew and the Jewish question and problem are historical objects.  But what about gentiles and the Gentile? Or is it impolite, not … Continue reading

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The Jews are Not The Nation Without Art (Hertz Pentateuch)

I thought I was done with the Hertz commentary, that he has nothing much to say after a few things. But then there was this important surprise in these comments about art in his famous Pentateuch & Haftarahs from 1936. … Continue reading

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(Tabernacle) Jewish Art is Jewish Feminist Philosophy (Exodus 35-36)

When art is the subject, and art and Judaism, it’s time to retire the Second Commandment and the Golden Calf. Look instead to the concluding chapters of the book of Exodus for a theory of Jewish Art. The first thing … Continue reading

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(Bar Yochnei & Gigantic Rotten Egg) Medieval Hebrew Duck

“This is bird that’s called Bar Yochnei” BL Hebrew Project‏ @BL_HebrewMSS FollowingFollowing @BL_HebrewMSS #duckweek This duck can be seen in the North French Miscellany (Add MS 11639 f.517v, 1277-1324). Technically it is the Bar Yochnei, a mythical bird large enough to block … Continue reading

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Netanyahu & The Face of Jewish Fascism (Kahane Lives)

Deranged, bizarre, and dangerous. You can catch up on this story about Netanyahu trying to rope in the racist fringe on the Israeli political and religious spectrum into the mainstream in order to secure electoral advantage. This piece was written … Continue reading

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