Month: February 2016

Thinking Twice about Jewish Identity

For much of the latter 20th and early 21st century, the field of Jewish education has developed an almost obsessive focus on identity. Jewish educational endeavors have been variously committed to building it, strengthening it, enriching it — whatever “it” might be. But, if the purpose of Jewish education is to foment the creation of Jewish identity, then how conscious… Read more →

The Framing of Religious Experiences

This quarter I’m auditing a philosophy course, Science, Religion and Democracy, which aims to address some of the tensions between science-based and religion-based beliefs and methodologies (not that the two are mutually exclusive). During the introductory session, the difference between testimony and evidence was highlighted, and a question arising out of that was whether religious experience could be considered as… Read more →

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