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Women & Talmud & Daf Yomi (כדור של בנות)

c I’m sharing two articles, here and here, about women completing the seven and a half year cycle completing, one page a day, the entire Babylonian Talmud. Neither articles does the heavy lifting that concern “the problem” of Talmud and … Continue reading

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(Aversion & Affection) Reading for Gender in Rosenzweig

Thank you and kudos to Willi Goetschel and Susan Shapiro for organizing this long awaited special edition of Bamidbar on gender and Rosenzweig. Here is the web address.  Shapiro introduces the edition followed by critical readings by Mara Benjamin, Gesine … Continue reading

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(No Country for Old Women) Gender & Rosenzweig & Jewish Philosophy (Special Edition Bamidbar)

Gender and Jewish Philosophy Edited by Susan Shapiro Bamidbar 4: 2 (2014) (appeared in print, summer 2019)   Susan Shapiro Introduction Mara H. Benjamin Love in the Star? A Feminist Challenge Gesine Palmer „Dying for Love“ – Making Sense of … Continue reading

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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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A Woman’s Voice & Nocturnal Judaism (Victoria Hannah)

Victoria Hanna performed a piece at the Text Unbound: (Re-)Imagining the Talmud workshop at Bard College organized by Shai Secunda. Some of the performance was taken from Ani Yeshena (I Sleep), drawn from Song of Songs, which you can find … Continue reading

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Questions about Ashkenaz & Gender

Responding to colleague-friend-comrades calling for more serious look at East European Jewish history and culture, and with my own stakes in religion, here is another thought about what I’d like to call Ashkenaz. I’m also responding to colleague-friend-comrades Laura Levitt … Continue reading

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Judaism, Gender, Secularism, and Religion (Cornell University)

Kudos to Cara Rock Singer for organizing Gendering and Embodying the Jew: Judaism, Secularism, and the Politics of Difference, a workshop held yesterday at Cornell. Alongside the intensive look at gender, most interesting for me is the way religion was … Continue reading

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(10 Commandments) Sabbath & The Jealous Mother God of Modern Bourgeois Judaism (Hertz Pentateuch)

[photograph of Malka Mollie Fedder, my father’s maternal grandmother] What are the so-called 10 commandments? Are they a foundation of law, the political law of a polis? Or something else? Are they the law of God the Father? Or someone … Continue reading

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Wild Precarious Life (Cecilia Vicuña)

This recent show of paintings, sculptural works, and installation by Cecilia Vicuña conjures together feminist cosmologies of raw and dyed wooliness, wild animal figures, and the drift of precarious forms. The painted figures are seers. Protective, they represent resistant political forces of … Continue reading

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Gender of God (Them)

The other day in class, I suddenly stopped myself, looked around, and referred to God as “them.” It worked surprisingly well. What would Maimonides think? The students didn’t blink an eye.

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