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(Rashi) Anti-theodicy (Tisha B’Av)

The through-line in Rashi’s commentary to Lamenations is that, yes, the people sin, but that God is responsible for the calamity, for what we today call anti-Semitism, for the human inclination to sin, for setting up a barrier between God … Continue reading

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Haredi Response to Har Meron (Chaim Kanievsky)

I’m posting this statement that was issued in the name of Harav Chaim Kanievsky responding to the Lag Ba’Omer disaster at Mt. Meron in Israel. Some forty-five people were killed at a stampede at a religious pilgrimage site, a mass … Continue reading

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Buddhist Gods & Pandemics (Coronavirus)

Excellent piece here at Immanent Frame by Brian Lowe about Buddhist Gods, pandemics, and political power:   But these gods did not only protect. They also observed and reported transgressors, who would in turn be punished. The celestial realm was itself a … Continue reading

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(Without Justice And Without A Judge) Tulsa (לית דין ולית דיין)

לית דין ולית דיין The accounts here of gruesome death from the race-massacre in Tulsa bring to mind the words of the arch heretic in midrash and Talmud, Elisha ben Abuye, reflecting in response to Roman rule; the world is … Continue reading

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Care for a Corpse (Dignity) Coronavirus

“There has to be some dignity in this, otherwise I might as well be a garbage man,” is what the funeral director told the journalist. The photographs by Philip Montgomery that accompany this article here in the NYT about two … Continue reading

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Varieties of Haredi Theological Response to Coronavirus

Waiting to see primary sources, but here’s a quick review of Haredi response in Israel to the Coronovirus with multiple links. Some of it is standard reward/punish. The pandemic is caused by lax Torah study, the sexual immodesty of women, … Continue reading

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Care for a Corpse (Gemilut Chasadim) Flowers (Cornovirus)

Readers of ethics and Jewish ethics, in particular, should recognize in the remarkable story about this woman and this powerful act of caring for a corpse one of the greatest acts of kindness marked in rabbinic sources that one person … Continue reading

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Coronavirus and the Ontological Garden Path in Religious Studies (Robert Orsi & Shaul Magid)

What do we say about empirically false claims that religious faith and practice will protect people from all kinds of ills in this world? For instance the Christian woman who will go to Church, secure in being washed in the … Continue reading

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(Russian Resurrection) Andrei Rublev (Tarkovsky)

I don’t have to say a lot to say about Christianity and cinema in Andrei Rublev (1966) by the great Andrei Tarkovsky, master of the long-shot form of the time-image. Just one quick comment about the structure of the film and the … Continue reading

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Christians & Coronavirus (March/April 2020)

True to form, Jewish religious response to the Coronavirus has been dominated by problems relating to halakhic practice and communal structure; about God not so much if at all. With thanks to Adam Brett, I wanted to see what the … Continue reading

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