Category: Random Acts of Scholarship

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 Riesebrodt used this class as feedback for his currently unpublished book on religion.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

A Not So Divine Comedy Probably the most annoying part of attempting an ethnography of the CRC is the 2 hour commute (each way) via public transportation. On the other…

Random Acts of Scholarship

Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava Random Acts of Scholarship

Shavua Tov everyone. A few things on my mind before I get back to the take home midterm. The first is a response to a critique I found on Heimishtown.…

Jewish Culture Jewish Law / Halakha Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava Random Acts of Scholarship

Random Acts of Scholarship Sermons, Lectures, and Divrei Torah

We’re in the “Marxism” section of the required “Perspectives in Social Science Analysis” class. If you’ve never read Marx inside, let me warn you it’s some of the most boring…

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

I’ve been getting swamped with e-mails and IM’s about the historical accuracy of 9 Av events. Even Protocols is getting in on the action. This is going to take much…

Jewish History Random Acts of Scholarship

Abdicate.net gives us a few other infamous events which took place on 9 Av, all of which “are verifiable in the history books”. We already demonstrated the WWI date to…

Jewish History Random Acts of Scholarship

Someone asked me tonight about what happened on 9 av. M. Taanit 4:6 lists 5 things: Decree that the dor midbar wouldn’t enter Eretz Yisrael Hurban I Hurban II Beitar…

Jewish History Random Acts of Scholarship