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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

The God Is In The Details

Here at Wikipedia: The idiom, “God is in the detail” has been attributed to a number of different individuals, most notably to German-born architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886–1969) by The New York Times in Mies’s 1969 obituary; however, it is generally … Continue reading

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(Everyone Trusts) God Is Good To The Wicked (Machzor)

The liturgical poem or piyyut, V’chol Ma’aminim follows in the High Holiday Machzor the Unetaneh Tokef, the liturgical paean to human uncertainty and exposure and to the sovereign power of God. What appears on the surface to be a simple, … Continue reading

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Shana Tova & Desolation of Time (2020)

Sink, old year, be gone! With your pains and woes, Into the desolation of time! A new year now comes With new happiness and joy. And from sorrow and sadness The world frees itself! [H/t Joshua Meyers] [H/t Twitter]

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(1948) Reconstructionist Machzor (Holocaust & Zionism)

This 1948 Machzor is a neat little time capsule. Of particular interest is the names of authors and translators in the back of the text. Included below are the authors and translators to the Yom Kippur section (vol.2). Also in … Continue reading

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A Painted Memory (Shana Tova u’Metuka)

This year during Coronavirus, alone at home with family, an apple and honey and a Machzor, this painted memory by Mayer Kirshenblatt is even more dream-like than it was last year. The memory builds upon the passage of time and … Continue reading

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Neo Hasidism (A Review of the New Anthology)

            Excellent critical review here at Jewish Currents by Daniel Craft of the 2-vol anthology edited by Arthur Green & Ariel Evan Mayse: A New Hasidism: Roots A New Hasidism: Branches Craft argues that Neo-Hasidism … Continue reading

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Thinking About Chabad (Joshua Shanes)

Joshua Shanes pours out here at FB about his 10 years at Chabad, what drew him into and then away from the community. And the FB post opened a torrential flood of responses, especially modern orthodox and Jewish Studies academics. … Continue reading

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(Things) Mishnah Shabbat is Beautiful

    cedar bast [lekhesh], uncombed flax [ḥosen], raw silk [kalakh], willow bast [petilat ha’idan], desert weed [petilat hamidbar], nor green mosspitch [zefet], wax [sha’ava], castor oil [shemen kik], burnt oil [shemen sereifa], fat from a sheep’s tail [alya], tallow … Continue reading

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(Ugly Mugs) Aesthetic Philosophy Fab 4

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(Coronavirus) Shofarot on Broadway (Sunday at 4:00)

from Sarah Kayla Jacobs here. אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָֽׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּֽנוּ לִשְׁמֹֽעַ קוֹל שׁוֹפָר on September 14, 2020 Covid-19 has upended the world. Most things that until March we took for granted are worse. I don’t have to go into a litany of … Continue reading

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