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Text Unbound (Re-)Imagining the Talmud (Bard College)

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(Doubts) Ashkenaz & Philosophy

Continuing to go out on a limb and meant to pick up a challenge posed by colleague-friends about the need for Modern Jewish Studies and Jewish Philosophy and Thought to take into account the life and thought world of Eastern … Continue reading

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(Rabbinic Fantasy & The Land of Israel) Tractate Ketubot Is More Complex Than Zionism or Anti-Zionism

The concluding mishna and gemara of tractate Ketubot is a locus classicus of Haredi anti-Zionism and an even more interesting textual unit in its own right. It is most famous for the almost mythic posing of three primary vows in … Continue reading

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Virtual Judaism of the Mishnah (Jacob Neusner & Gilles Deleuze)

Reading Neusner’s classic Judaism: The Evidence of the Mishnah at long last and past midcareer. I am unsure if earlier I would have ever appreciated the book enough or at all or I would have been able to conceive the … Continue reading

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Deleuze Talmud Notes

  I think it holds up, this little exercise in transposing Deleuzian concepts into a theory of philosophical Talmud: Talmud of Difference and Repetition Talmud would constitute repetition of Torah, and like repetition assumes the status of echo, doubles, or … Continue reading

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Embryos & Animals in the Mishnah (Rachel Neis)

(R. R. Neis, Embryotics for Beginners, 2015, mixed media on paper, 12″x18″) Jewish Studies can use a lot more theory, but theories, especially new ones, are only as good as they work. They need to be tested on stuff. Do theories … Continue reading

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Narrative Powers of Women & Failure of Cultural Translations (Galit Hasan-Rokem at Syracuse) (April 11)

Honored to announce this year’s annual B.G. Rudolph Lecture sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program at Syracuse University.

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