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A New Consensus in Israel about What Being Jewish Really Means

Originally posted on Tomer Persico – English:
Two general elections within a span of five months are a treasure for any researcher, because they bring to light the issues that are most important to each group of voters. Between the…

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Is There a Jewish Problem in Religious Studies & at the AAR?

The place of Judaism and Jews, in their tiny little corner in the study of Religion and at the AAR has been a running question as old as the AAR itself about which a little history could be written, and … Continue reading

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Affective Partisanship & Ideological Partisanship (Theories of Religion Redux)

[h/t Joshua Garoon] This op-ed by Thomas Edsall here in the NYT about the relationship between group partisanship and ideology on the other hand, which driving which, reminds me of arguments in theories of religion going back to Marx-Durkheim and Weber; … Continue reading

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(Idea & History) Hermann Cohen After Marx

[Max Lieberman, Women Plucking Geese (1871)] In the introduction to the Religion of Reason, Hermann Cohen claims that the unity and uniqueness of the idea of God “elevates belief to a speculative height that by comparison all other problems become … Continue reading

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(Israel) Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes (Political Spectacle)

Here’s one arm, there’s the other arm of a dominant political beast. It’s like a bomb suddenly went off, shredding the political body of the Jewish right in Israel, an explosion that gives the lie to the notion that there are … Continue reading

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The State of Israel and Religion & State

An unmanageable quid pro quo, religion serving state and the state serving religion does not a pretty picture make.

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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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