How does one, writing as both a Jew and a scholar, engage in dispassionate scholarship, practice the “hermeneutics of suspicion, and also “teach Judaism to the next generation”.
Jewish Studies embraces so many different modes that there is room enough for vastly contrasting approaches. those scholars who care about Jewish identity and continuity cannot be dismissed as pawns of religious nationalist ideology, nor can they be seen as the only ones “importing” their personal stance.
A University course in Israeli history offers a respite from today’s overheated political environment…One can empathize with a subject without identifying with it…
Like all else in the university world, the field of Jewish Studies exists to create analytical problems, to unsettle accepted knowledge, to cause unease, to disturb sleep.