Posts Tagged ‘Judaism’
Should the ethical standards applied to the slaughter of animals be expanded to cover the standards of the human work environment in which kosher foods are produced? Rabbi Morris Allen believes so.
Natan Sharansky, head of the Jewish Agency for Israel and now, as The New York Times reports, leader of “a committee of the Reform, Conservative and Orthodox movements” on the controversial conversion legislation currently being debated in Israel and by Jews worldwide, has an op-ed in The Jerusalem Post laying bare the state of affairs as it stands, and gesturing toward a silver lining amidst the ugly infighting.
1,940 years after the destruction of the Second Jewish Temple, a building plan has been authorized in São Paulo, Brazil to build a 180 foot high replica of Solomon’s Temple. The replica will serve as an evangelical Christian church that will be able to seat 10,000 people. Modern technology will allow this edifice to be constructed in four years. It is thought that it took twenty-three years to build the Second Temple over 2,000 years ago.
A controversial bill passed the Israeli Knesset’s (Parliament) law committee this week. The Rotem Bill, as it is known (named after its sponsor, David Rotem, a member of the nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party), would give ultimate control of the conversion process to the ultra-orthodox, Haredi, rabbinate. This bill has caused both concern and indignation in the diasporic Jewish community. See Alana Newhouse’s recent op-ed in The New York Times.
In early June, the Claremont School of Theology announced that it would merge with its local Jewish and Muslim counterparts to form an inter-religious university this coming fall. Philip Clayton discusses the controversy this has aroused in conservative Christian communities.
Yesterday afternoon in Jerusalem, vast numbers of ultra-Orthodox Jews protested the court-mandated integration of a religious girls’ school, raising provocative questions in the Israeli public about what constitutes racism, what defines religious adherence, and what enables effective learning.
One of the things that intellectual historians show us, although often only implicitly, is the fluidity of the terms of debates that we take to be self-evident. In An Atheism that Is Not Humanist Emerges in French Thought, Stefanos Geroulanos shows us this fluidity by focusing on the French history of objections to (and reformulations of) humanist discourse from 1929 to 1952, a history that suggests that the rigidity of the categories of “religion” and “humanism” in Anglophone discourse is exceptional and unnecessary.