The Rise of the Hasmonean Monarchy Many of us know the legend of Chanukah and its essential plot points. How after the death of his father, Mattathias, Judah Maccabeus assumed leadership of the Jewish rebels and (through pure military talent … Continue reading Game of Crowns: Judas Maccabeus
Queer Theorist, Feminist, & Anti-Zionist Perhaps one of the most fascinating things about Boyarin’s scholarship is how he consistently puts Talmudic ‘culture’ and ideas in conversation with modern ones. Specifically, Boyarin is fascinated with the interrelated areas of feminism, gay … Continue reading A Snapshot of Daniel Boyarin: Part III
1999-Present “Some Jews,” Boyarin quips, “are destined by fate, psychology, or personal history to be drawn to Christianity.” Boyarin is one of them, and his later scholarship reflects this long-held fascination, as well as his continuing interest in Hellenistic culture. … Continue reading A Snapshot of Daniel Boyarin: Part II
An erudite, freethinking giant in several sub-fields of religious studies, Daniel Boyarin’s scholarship has never been conventional with its idiosyncratic blending of approaches, positions, and interests. Atypical as a Talmud scholar, Boyarin (1946-Present) is also a vocal feminist and anti-Zionist, … Continue reading A Snapshot of Daniel Boyarin: Part I
Those ‘Jewish values’ that are always cited as evidence of the special Jewish contribution to civilization—justice, a passion for freedom, love of one’s neighbor, sympathy for the underprivileged, improving the world—ring hollow when set against the bleak reality of the … Continue reading David Goldberg: A Progressive Reaction to Zionism
As part of the application process for continued graduate work, I was asked to film a three-minute thesis. At the time, I was still traveling around Israel and had just discovered the exciting dig site of the Akra citadel, a site that played … Continue reading Three-Minute Thesis: Rebel & Rival?
The euphoria of walking the streets of Jerusalem is impossible to truly convey. It’s taken many years, but at last I’ve walked to the Temple mount and heard the echoes of history etched in stone. My dad and I decided … Continue reading This Week in Jerusalem: Week One