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Judaism & The Fetish: A Quick Note on Marx and the (Religious) Imagination

Marx was a bitter cuss, the odd positioning of whom in relation to religion from a Religious Studies perspective relates to the binary disambiguation in his thinking between what’s genuinely real and what’s not, namely mental projections and ideological phrasings. … Continue reading

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(Deleuze) Difference & Repetition Reading Notes and A Few Critical Remarks

Open to your correction and emendation, here’s a rough outline with some added critical notation to Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition. Too important a text to gloss, I decided with this one to go chapter by chapter. My basic understanding was … Continue reading

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Norms (The Heavy Weight of Constraining Authority in Jewish Philosophy) (Or Just an Image)

I picked a fight about “Jewish law’ and “authority” with two colleagues on FB with a recent post about Ayelet Shaked and Jewish fascism. The upshot is whether or not so-called Jewish law operates as a system of binding constraints, … Continue reading

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(Moshe Chayyim Luzzatto) Anthroposophy (The Way of God)

For years on the ten days between Rosh Ha’Shanah and Yom Kippur, I read Moshe Chayyim Luzzatos’ classic ethical treatise, Path of the Just (Mesilat Ha’Yesharim). This year I picked up the Hebrew-English edition of The Way of God (Derekh … Continue reading

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(Gods, Godesses, and God) Aniconic Politics in Ancient Israel (Othmar Keel and Christoph Uehlinger)

I’m prepared to walk back anything in this post with sufficient critical pushback from experts in a field upon which I’m making such gross trespass. But I wanted to write about God, Goddesses, and Images of God in Ancient Israel, which has … Continue reading

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Iconophobic Jewish Philosophy

I’ll do without mentioning any names here at the blog, because it’s not a nice thing to have posted to one’s name forever online. Complete citations will go in the book. For now I’d like to point out some basic fault lines … Continue reading

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This Is An Idol (Ancient Near East Artifact)

I’m not even sure if it’s “art,” which we know is a modern construct. Best to define these things as narrowly as possible, an “idol” is an ancient Near Eastern artifact. These home votives sit and stand there, they strike … Continue reading

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