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(Maimonides) The Difference Between Religious & Secular Is The Difference Between Heaven & Earth (Mishneh Torah)

By way of a little contribution via Maimonides to academic arguments about the existence or non-existence of “religion” and “the secular.” The argument is that the two terms along with the judgment that posits either the difference or separation between … Continue reading

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(Maimonides Says) Cultivate the Middle Way (Hilkhot Deot) (Coronavirus)

At the time of a global health pandemic, where better to turn than to the Great Eagle? Hilkhot Deot is a moral-medical compendium, famous for its elaboration upon the Aristotelean mean. But that’s not the half of it. The larger … Continue reading

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(Mid-century Modern) Protestant Catholic Jew (Will Herberg)

Reading for the first time Will Herberg’s classic Protestant-Catholic-Jew: An Essay in American Religious Sociology (1955), I was surprised to see so many interesting things. To start, I’ll only say that the most obvious problem with the book is the … Continue reading

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Irregular Surfaces (In Jerusalem) Tisha B’Av (At the Wall)

  Is this really Israel? Last year I posted a post, “I like Tisha B’Av.” This year, in Jerusalem at the Jewish Quarter and Western Wall, not so much. Not just right wing and orthodox, but stone-like and hermetically sealed. … Continue reading

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Zionist Culture Criticism (anti-Judaism)

(Joseph Hayyim Brenner) It’s probably not a bad idea to remember that Zionism also has a face. I said awhile back that I wasn’t going to post about either it or Israel, that I wanted to take a break, and … Continue reading

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Eat (Secular) (Rational) (Deuteronomy)

Are the origins of secularity culinary? The book of Deuteronomy is insistent about centralizing the cult in one specific place, “the place where I will show you,” namely in Jerusalem. “There you shall offer your burnt offerings…But whenever you desire, … Continue reading

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Jewish secularism – Secular judaism (New Media) (Knowing Where/How to Look)

(Frank Stella, Avicenna [1960]) I saw the interview with Dov Elbaum in Haaretz last week,  and then he popped up to speak at Ansche Chesed. Elbaum runs a “secular yeshiva” in Israel called Binah and runs a television program on channel … Continue reading

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