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  1. The Satanic Verses and Evil in Babylonia.Daniel Boyarin - 2022 - Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 30 (1):70-89.
    In this article, I study several midrashic passages preserved in the Babylonian Talmud that deal with Satan. The verses that they are based on are nearly all drawn from the book of Job. I find that these midrashim strongly support the conclusions of Ishay Rosen-Zvi’s monograph Demonic Desires in several ways, notably that Satan is not the font and origin of evil in the world as he is in other branches or wings of the ancient Jewish imagination.
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    Veils in Motion: Sacrality, Visuality, and Architectural Textiles in Late Antiquity.Susanna Drake - 2022 - Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 30 (1):9-36.
    This article examines a small subset of late antique veil imagery – depictions and descriptions of veils in motion – in visual and literary sources including churches, synagogues, and descriptions of the veil of the temple in Jerusalem. Architectural veils played a role in the demarcation of space, the creation of spectacle and sacrality, and the orchestration of social relations and hierarchies. By exploring the ways in which late ancient subjects envisioned, encountered, and “thought with” veils, we can chart the (...)
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    Spiritual Pedagogy and Rhetoric in a Ḥasidic Homily: The Maʾor Va-Shemesh on Parshat Qedoshim.Michael Fishbane - 2022 - Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 30 (1):114-129.
    A close analysis of a Ḥasidic homily by R. Kalonymos Kalman Epstein of Krakow, author of Maʾor va-Shemesh. The essay focuses on rhetoric, structure, and thematic content. The role of hermeneutics is engaged throughout.
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    The Ritual-Less Jew: Jewish Studies Between the Universal and the Particular.Aaron W. Hughes - 2022 - Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 30 (1):172-188.
    This article uses Kalman P. Bland’s The Artless Jew as a way to think about the recent history of the study of Judaism. The discipline’s preoccupation with disembodied texts has led to a way to conceptualize and situate Jews and Judaism that leaves certain blind spots and lacunae within our dominant narratives. To illumine some of these, the article focuses on ritual and what we can learn about the study of ritual in Judaism – and the study of Judaism more (...)
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  5. Introduction.Aaron Hughes & Elliot R. Wolfson - 2022 - Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 30 (1):3-8.
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    “On This Day, We Are Perfect”: Embodiment in Yannai’s Yom Kippur Qerova.Laura S. Lieber - 2022 - Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 30 (1):37-69.
    This article analyzes two poetic units within a much longer composition composed by Yannai for recitation on Yom Kippur. Specifically, it offers readings of Unit 8, which prefaces the third blessing of the Amidah, and Unit 15, which concludes the work. Both units dwell on the physical experience of Yom Kippur and the ways in which ritual affects the body, permitting us to consider the role of “kinesthetic theology” – i.e., how physical expression and embodied experiences not only reflect but (...)
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    Secrets of Qohelet: Toward an Exegetical History of a Biblical Text During the Middle Ages.James Theodore Robinson - 2022 - Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 30 (1):90-113.
    During the middle ages and early modern period, dozens of Jewish commentaries were written on Qohelet, in Arabic and Hebrew, and representing a very full range of methods and approaches, from Karaite to Rabbanite, grammatical to pietistic, Neoplatonic, Aristotelian, and anti-Aristotelian, even kabbalistic. The purpose of this article – dedicated to the memory of Kalman Bland – is to present some experiments related to the telling of the history of medieval Jewish exegesis of Qohelet in hermeneutical context.
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    Jewish Environmental Ethics for the Anthropocene: An Integrative Approach.Hava Tirosh-Samuelson - 2022 - Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 30 (1):189-214.
    This article argues that the Judaic understanding of creation care is a potent response to the challenges of the Anthropocene because Judaism acknowledges that humans have much in common with all other created beings, while respecting their alterity, and because Judaism insists on human responsibility toward and care of the created world. However, Jewish environmental ethics of care and responsibility could be greatly enriched if it incorporates the insights of the feminist ethics of care, ecofeminism, and environmental virtue ethics, three (...)
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    Melancholic Redemption and the Hopelessness of Hope.Elliot R. Wolfson - 2022 - Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 30 (1):130-171.
    Since late antiquity, a connection was made between Jews and the psychological state of despondency based, in part, on the link between melancholy and Saturn, and the further association of the Hebrew name of that planet, Shabbetai, and the Sabbath. The melancholic predisposition has had important anthropological, cosmological, and theological repercussions. In this essay, I focus on various perspectives on melancholia in thinkers as diverse as Kafka, Levinas, Blanchot, Rosenzweig, Benjamin, Bloch, Scholem, and Derrida. A common thread that links these (...)
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