Tag Archives: Syracuse University

(Coronavirus) Writing/Reading Remote Learning (Zoom)

  I may end up deleting this post as it is too early to tell for sure, but it could be that direct eye-contact and visual cues are unnecessary for a large undergrad class on Zoom; because the students are … Continue reading

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(Temple Society of Concord) The Essence of Judaism is Architecture (Syracuse)

Undergraduates at Syracuse, and elsewhere I supposed, gravitate to Abraham Geiger and Reform Judaism when we pull up to the modern period in my introduction to Judaism. They like the individualistic voluntarism that they associate with liberalism and which they … Continue reading

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(Job Opening) Phyllis Backer Professor of Jewish Studies (Judaism)

Assistant Professor: Judaism The Department of Religion and the Jewish Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY) invite applications for the Phyllis Backer Professor of Jewish Studies, who will be appointed as a … Continue reading

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Critique Image Politics Reading Group (Syracuse University)

Organized by Gail Hamner and the CIP (Critique Image Politics) Group in the Department of Religion, Syracuse University

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Letter to a Donor (Jewish Studies)

Our donors at Syracuse have never sought to interfere with or influence Jewish Studies programming. I just send a letter expressing profound appreciation to an individual donor in thanks for a small, ongoing gift. I meant every word of it. … Continue reading

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(Rudolph Lecture) The Navel of the Dream: Freud’s Jewish Languages (Naomi Seidman) (Syracuse)

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A Liberal Zionist Trick Teaching Israel (Anti-Zionism Comes First)

Teaching Israel this year I decided to move things around. I used to teach the classical Zionist sources and then dive straight into the conflict with the Palestinians and the occupation of the West Bank, and these dominated the course. … Continue reading

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Resurrection of the Dead (Talmud Group)

[Ezekiel panel at Dura Europos] Ready to start Talmud Group at Syracuse this year, we are going to focus on messianism, namely the “messianic text” which is actually an anti-messianic text in chapter Helek of tractate Sanhedrin. We read the … Continue reading

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My Thursday (This Semester) Seeing the Divine Image in India & Spinoza

Teaching Religion and Art and Politics & Religion/Modern Judaism today. They make sense together. The conceptual linkage: nature and the divine, big cosmic/metaphysical pictures, substance and avatar/modalities, imagination and images, religion and politics.

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This Semester/Today: Islamic Ornament, Spinoza, Land of Israel

(heads framed in geometric ornament, Khirbat al-Mafjar, Palestine) This semester by a fluke I’m teaching three classes: a lower level survey on Religion and Art, and two advanced classes, a modern Jewish philosophy and thought class entitled Religion & Politics in … Continue reading

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