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Scholarship, Activism, & Jews Who Tarry (Max Weber)

After so many years, the conclusion of Max Weber’s “Science as a Vocation” still has the power to bring up short a Jewish reader. Writing against armchair prophets, the main thesis of the essay is to draw a bright red … Continue reading

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The Virtue of Meaningless Bourgeois Religion (Ancient Judaism) (Max Weber)

“Meaning” can sometimes seem like it is all the rage around some corners of the contemporary Jewish discourse, particularly in relation to religion and ritual. “Have a meaningful fast.” “What is the meaning of life?” “The synagogue seems to so … Continue reading

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On Zionists & Jews, Communal & Associative Relationships (Max Weber)

Working through the “Basic Sociological Terms” in Max Weber’s masterpiece, Economy and Society is this little point of interest regarding the difference between Communal and  Associative Relationships with a special reference to Zionists and Jews. As defined by Weber, the ideal … Continue reading

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“Politics” (~Religion)

Driven sometimes by ideas and pictures, but not necessarily, by “politics” I would mean rather the crude and rough, on the ground, and grubby jostling for and distribution of status and position, authority and power in the organization of society … Continue reading

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