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Don’t Sell Guns to Idolators (Maimonides)

Apropos to the gun-murders in Florida, holding gun makers liable, and repealing the Second Amendment, this week in shul Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky at Ansche Chesed worked off this little piece of halakhah from the Mishne Torah, the code of law … Continue reading

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(z”l) Remembering Neil Gillman (Bill Plevan)

In Conservative Judaism, will his legacy be forgotten? A working Jewish philosopher-theologian and rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Neil Gillman (z’l) was a genuine liberal who embraced relativity and tension in religion as a source of creativity and vitality. … Continue reading

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Affect, Sentiment & Other Aspects of Rabbinic Theology (Solomon Schechter)

Somewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area, I must have bought the handsome 1961 paperback edition of Solomon Schechter’s 1909 Aspects of Rabbinic Theology from a used book shop when I was in graduate school. It then sat on my … 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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A Fascist Impulse in Religious Zionism (Tomer Persico)

Has Meir Kahane captured the mainstream, the heart and soul, of Religious Zionism? Back in the day, an expression such as this would have come from the outside fringe, not from the inside represented here by a member of a … Continue reading

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Israeli Settlements & International Law (Nathaniel Berman)

This piece by Nathaniel Berman picks apart the argument commonly used by the Jewish right to justify the legality of the settlement project in the occupied West Bank. Professor Berman  is the Rahel Varnhagen Professor of International Affairs, Law, and … Continue reading

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The Place of Religion in Film (Islam & Judaism) (Conference Notes)

Here are some quick notes from the recent Place of Religion in Film conference at Syracuse, organized by my friend and colleague Gail Hamner. What caught my attention was the prominence of Jews and Muslims, especially in relation to gender, in … Continue reading

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