Monthly Archives: June 2010

Mistakes Were Made

Raffi’s post on legal executions in the Talmud and the doctrine of double effect reminded me of a “mistake” I had made a couple years back–although I doubt that reminding me of this mistake was his intention. My mistake–in academic … Continue reading

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The Doctrine of Double Entendre

Dylan ends his post with a meditation on the entanglement of  subjective and objective experience. It’s all very nice to write poetry in which your head is the head-wrap, but how do you make laws if what’s in your head … Continue reading

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Who’s Joking?

Note: Hello, readers! My name is Dylan. I am an old school friend of Raffi’s, and he has graciously invited me to post from time to time on his blog. My “specialties” (I’m basically a dilettante all around) are contemporary … Continue reading

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Post-Structuralist Golems

Here is a d’var torah (a word of teaching) that I gave tonight at the Drisha tisch. The subject was golems. A couple of points: 1) Tisches are, traditionally (or semi-traditionally–Chasidut is only a couple hundred years old) Friday night … Continue reading

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Discipline and Punish lo hayah v’lo nivra ela mashal haya…

This month, I am learning at Drisha; in Talmud, we are covering the execution procedure for stoning. The post-modern yeshiva is a weird place; the dapei mekorot (source sheets) have included the non-canonical Book of Jubilees, the definitely non-canonical (for … Continue reading

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On Jokes

I recently told my partner Sarah the following joke, from Woody Allen’s stand-up: I’m getting sued because I made a nasty remark about her [my ex-wife]. She lives on the upper west side of Manhattan, and she was coming home … Continue reading

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Talmudicity or Why Blog?

Martin Buber privileges what he called “religiosity,” the individual’s spontaneous feeling of spirituality, over “religion,” the traditional outward forms and rituals of spiritual life. Similarly, Jacques Derrida contrasts “messianicity” with “messianism”: the former is a commitment to the possibility of … Continue reading

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