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Pagan Rabbis of the Mishnah (Jacob Neusner)

Against history and messianic end-times, Jewish philosophy might want to take note that at the conclusion of a discussion of the Order of Appointed Seasons (Seder Moed) of the Mishnah, Jacob Neusner describes these pagan rabbis. Their world picture is … Continue reading

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Drunken Messianic Burlesque (Passover)

The Passover Haggadah and its seder proceeds along a narrative arc from slavery to the liberation of messianic redemption. Up until dinner, the traditional seder is conducted as a memorial to the Temple cult in Jerusalem, the restoration of which … Continue reading

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Particles (חמץ)

There used to be a lot of talk in Religion Studies about ethos and nomos, ritual and myth. There’s Durkheim, Eliade, Geertz, J.Z. Smith, and Michael Fishbane. But I think ritual may “mean” nothing “more” than forced attention to the … Continue reading

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הפקר כעפרא דארעא (Nullification)

כל חמירא וחמיעא דאיכא ברשותי, דלא חזיתיה ודלא בערתיה, לבטיל ולהוי הפקר כעפרא דארעא “All chametz or leaven in my possession that I have seen and that I have not seen, that I have destroyed and that I have not … Continue reading

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Horseradish Infused Vodka (Passover)

For Passover, horseradish infused vodka is apparently a “thing.” Originally posted on FB by Nora Rubel, a scholar of American Judaism at work in “Religion & Foodways,” which is definitely  a “thing” for those of your who don’t know. Lesleigh Cushing Professor … Continue reading

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Nothing New Under the Sun (Apple Orchard)

Rising this way, going that way, turning and turning. Today in the synagogue, the intermediate Shabbat of Sukkot, from Ecclesiastes chapter 1: 4A generation goes and a generation comes, but the earth endures forever. דדּוֹר הֹלֵךְ וְדוֹר בָּא וְהָאָרֶץ לְעוֹלָם עֹמָדֶת: … Continue reading

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Gershom Scholem Sitting in a Sukkah

In good faith, the antinomian sits in a sukkah. Is this an expressionist or surrealist sukka? The scene is super modern. An angel lurks in the back under palm trees. Please send my way any information you have about this … Continue reading

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