Tag Archives: Ashkenaz

A Painful Question re: Rabbis & Racism & Judaism & Israel

You can read here about the remarks by Rabbi Eliezer Kashtiel, the head of the Bnei David academy in Eli, and Rabbi Giora Redler, also at Bnei David, about enslaving Arabs and in support of racism and Hitler. I’ll start … Continue reading

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(Poland) Kahal & Kabbalah (Ashkenaz)

Salo Baron makes a brief appearance in Gershon Hundert’s excellent historical study, Jews in Poland-Lithuania in the Eighteenth Century: A Genealogy of Modernity. Following Baron’s lead, Hundert’s thesis runs against the lachrymose versions of Jewish historiography as regards “the ghetto.” … Continue reading

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(Leviticus 11) Kashrus (Hertz Pentateuch)

The discussion about the dietary laws in the Hertz Pentateuch commentary has a few interesting things about it. There is the sociological assertion that kashrut has proved historically to be “an important factor in the preservation of the Jewish race.” … Continue reading

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(Uneven Interdependent) Lay & Rabbinic Authority (Jacob Katz)

An important point of history for Jewish philosophers interested in law, Halakha, and rabbinic authority, who pine for times when Jewish culture was corporate in character, and also for scholars of religion who have bought into the post-secular mantra that … Continue reading

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(Hasidism) A Political Community? A Religious Community?

Thinking about the importance of politics and the figure of community in Spinoza and Mendelssohn, and thinking out loud about Hasidism. Asking you the reader if you think the various groups of hasidim forming around the baalei-shem in the 18th … Continue reading

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(Doubts) Ashkenaz & Philosophy

Continuing to go out on a limb and meant to pick up a challenge posed by colleague-friends about the need for Modern Jewish Studies and Jewish Philosophy and Thought to take into account the life and thought world of Eastern … Continue reading

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(Dribs & Drabs) Canon & Translation (Ashkenaz)

Scholars in the field call upon Jewish Studies and Jewish Philosophy and Thought to pay attention to the thought world of Eastern European Jews, what I have been calling Ashkenaz, and they complain about the ignorance of their colleagues who … Continue reading

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