YUTOPIA Posts

A heads up to the Loyal Readers: I’m spending this shabbat in Washington Heights and I’m giving the derasha at the Bridge Shul where I interened last year. The plan…

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Although the MAPPS program offers unparalleled academic freedom, the directors of my program require one particular survey class, “Perspectives in Social Science Analysis.” Over the 10 week quarter, Dr. John…

Academia Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava Random Acts of Scholarship

Those wacky UC’ers are at it again. Do you have a talent you’d like to show off? Can you sing, dance, recite poetry, juggle, eat fire, etc., etc.? If so,…

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I’ve made some veiled references to “Theorizing Judaism.” I’ve recently completed Dr. Martin Risebrodt’s class, Theorizing Religion. Unlike typical survey classes, Dr. Riesebrodt used this class as feedback for his currently unpublished book on religion. Dr. Riesebrodt would present his ideas and one class a week would be a discussion. After he presented the main points of his thesis, the students presented examples from specific religions which may or may not have supported his thesis. In addition, we were to submit two written essays discussing the merits and flaws of his thesis. The following post will explain his thesis, and my applications of the thesis to Judaism.

Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava Random Acts of Scholarship

About a week ago, someone sent me an e-mail of a “shidduch meeting” form. For those who don’t know, a shidduch meeting is when a group of (usually) women get…

Jewish Dating Personal

Ok technically New Jersey, but close enough. Flights were delayed several hours bec of the weather. Long story short, I got on an “earlier” flight which landed 1 hour after…

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I’ve been working on two final essays for the quarter, so I’ve been slacking in blogging. Really funny article on yahoo news. The Israeli Post office has been opening letters…

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Sermons, Lectures, and Divrei Torah

The laptop arrived at the repair center before Thanksgiving. What this means practically, I do not know. However, there are a few things I did learn this week: I have…

Odds & Ends

It’s been slightly over a month since YUTOPIA moved from blogspot and we finally are the first website returned for “YUTOPIA.” We’ve also returned the top link on Yahoo’s England…

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