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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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(Serial Form) NYC Public Service Announcements (LinkNYC)

 

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(Maimonides) Talmud Torah (Mean As Spit)

Curious about the initial reluctance among Haredi authorities to shut down the yeshivot in response to the coronavirus, I went to take another look at the Hilkhot Talmud Torah in the Mishneh Torah. My thoughts about the Haredi response were … Continue reading

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