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Yehuda Kurtzer

Entries by Yehuda Kurtzer

Jewish Memory Week: A Tale in Three Parts (Zachor, Deuteronomy 25:17-19)

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 10:49 AM

The memory of the Holocaust today is vulnerable. Between the Diaspora and Israel the Jewish people are fighting about the meaning of the Holocaust, encoding in our ideological debates about who we want to be in the world our increasingly polarizing interpretations...

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Counting Our Numbers, Counting Our Blessings (Lekh Lekha, Genesis 12:1-17:27)

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 3:17 PM

Jews tend to be nervous about the numbers of Jews in the world, with a demographic anxiety that has become a major cottage industry. This anxiety is in the air again and back in the news, with the just-released surveys of Jews...

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Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20: Moral Agency and Ambiguity

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 12:30 PM

How obvious is the work of doing good?

How often is "the right thing to do" completely clear?

It is hard not to feel, after the two political conventions, that our society believes in total moral obviousness...

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Leviticus 25:1-27:34: When Is Idealism Idolatry?

(48) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 11:09 AM

Shortly after the surprising announcement of a new alliance in the Israeli Knesset -- the result of quick and clandestine negotiations that produced a mega-coalition between Israel's major political parties -- the murmurings of social protest began to emerge yet again. Stav...

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