Tag Archives: Judaism

Two Israeli Caricatures (Kova Tembel)

Cultures create caricatures. Here’s one from Israel, and here’s another one, representing two distinct generations, two distinct ideological and ideologically committed forms and figures, one clearly secular, the other clearly religious. The latter threatens to cannibalize the former. Created in … Continue reading

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Radical Religious Jewish Terrorism (Jewish Dance)

The recent youtube clip of radical rightwing Jewish settler youth celebrating the slaughter of the Dawabsha family in the West Bank of Duma has shocked much if not most of the entire political and religious establishment, especially the rightwing who have … Continue reading

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Sticking Together (Sunni Islam and Jamā`a Judaism)

  Neither impressive nor interesting is Patricia Crone’s characterization of the Sunni political model as “Judaic,” i.e. this notion that in Sunni Islam and in Judaism appeals to universal truth are “used” to sanctify a particular social-political form on the … Continue reading

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Jewish Law at Harvard

Why law? Why now? Has law become the new fetish object of Jewish intellectual culture? Harvard just set up a brand new center for Jewish and Israeli law at Harvard, no doubt with a pretty penny. But is the following statement even … Continue reading

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Fantasy & Reconstructing Muslim-Jewish Relations (Imam Abdullah Antepli)

Maybe a step forward demands not a little fantasy. Here are two super interesting pieces with and about Imam Abdullah Antepli on [2] Islam and Jews, Judaism, and Israel, [2] what’s ailing Islam today, [3] and the pivotal importance of … Continue reading

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Introduction to Judaism (2016)

Just out of my introduction to Judaism, which I teach every fall semester. I tried something new this year after working through the what-is-Judaism-religion-or-culture exercise. I’m not sure why I ever did it this way. Maybe today I was just … Continue reading

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Jewish Terror, Anti-State Zionism & Terrible Torah (Yehuda Etzion)

An important profile on Jewish terrorist Yehuda Etzion, which you can read here in the NYT. Apprehended by the state authorities in the 198os, Etzion was part of a/the Jewish Underground convicted for attempting to assassinate Palestinian mayors in the … Continue reading

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