Tag Archives: Jewish Studies

(Horrid Ideas) The Tikvah Fund & The Racist Right in Israel

Always academic undercover, there was nothing ever innocent about the Tikvah Fund. In the States, they have since shut down their field operations, at Princeton and NYU. This article here at Haaretz includes in its analysis of the influence of … Continue reading

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(Job Opening) Phyllis Backer Professor of Jewish Studies (Judaism)

Assistant Professor: Judaism The Department of Religion and the Jewish Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY) invite applications for the Phyllis Backer Professor of Jewish Studies, who will be appointed as a … Continue reading

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Letter to a Donor (Jewish Studies)

Our donors at Syracuse have never sought to interfere with or influence Jewish Studies programming. I just send a letter expressing profound appreciation to an individual donor in thanks for a small, ongoing gift. I meant every word of it. … 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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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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A Liberal Zionist Trick Teaching Israel (Anti-Zionism Comes First)

Teaching Israel this year I decided to move things around. I used to teach the classical Zionist sources and then dive straight into the conflict with the Palestinians and the occupation of the West Bank, and these dominated the course. … Continue reading

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(Inflection Point) Teaching Modern Jewish Philosophy & Thought

I think I figured out how to get away with it. It involves a graphic trick and a conceptual model based on a lively interaction between (theoretical) form and (Jewish) content. Last semester was a fiasco. I wanted to teach … Continue reading

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