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(Hertz Pentateuch) Bourgeois Social Order (Sotah)

Having committed to keep track of the Hertz Pentateuch commentary (1936), I would have been remiss not to include a note on the commentary to the Sotah passage in Numbers, chapter 5. As it turns out and on closer inspection, … Continue reading

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(Kiddush/Chillul Ha-Sehem) Jewish Respectability Ethics (Hertz Pentateuch)

A standout moment in the classic Hertz Pentateuch commentary from 1936, a fixture in the liberal synagogue for the better part of the 20th century, is the appeal to respectability, phrased in terms of kiddush Ha’Shem, the hallowing/sanctification of  God’s … Continue reading

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Jewish Ethics & the Hertz Pentateuch

You know he was going to make a big deal of the so-called Holiness Code (Leviticus 17-22) and there he was. The Hertz Pentateuch tags chapter 19 as “A Manual of Moral Instruction.” These chapters are for Hertz more than … Continue reading

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(Sexual Ethics & The Holiness of Home) More Domestic Judaism (The Hertz Pentateuch)

Leviticus has been a pretty dry run in the Hertz Pentateuch. You can tell Hertz is just not into sacrifice and ritual by the more or less cursory exposition of what he takes to be the plain meaning (peshat) and … Continue reading

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(Conference) Society for Jewish Ethics (CFP)

The next meeting of the Society of Jewish Ethics will be held on January 9-12, 2020, at the Renaissance Washington Downtown in Washington, DC, in conjunction with the Society of Christian Ethics and the Society for the Study of Muslim … Continue reading

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Kosher Cloned Pork (Halakhah & the Biological Sciences)

According to the rabbi in this article in the Times of Israel, Yuval Cherlow of the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization in Israel, cloned meat loses its animal character, thus permitting the kosher consumption of cloned pork, with milk. The opinion suggests … Continue reading

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Leon Wieseltier & The Limits of Jewish Moralism

Especially for those of us exercised by so-called Jewish ethics, “The Sins of Leon Wieseltier” which you can read here by Joseph Epstein at the Weekly Standard is cruel and painful reading, excellent for the take down of a sexual … Continue reading

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