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Zachary J. Braiterman

Zachary J. Braiterman

Zachary J. Braiterman



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Middle Eastern Studies


  • Ph.D., Stanford University, Department of Religious Studies (1995)
  • B.A., University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (1988)

Social/Academic Links

Courses Taught

  • REL 135 Judaism
  • REL 435 Modern Judaic Thought
  • REL 595 Religion, Art, and Aesthetics
Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Braiterman works in the field of modern Judaism. His research and teaching explore shifting aesthetic canons as they shape Jewish thought and culture from the 17th century until the present. Research and teaching interests touch upon the impact of enlightenment, modernity, modernism, and postmodernism upon Jewish ideas about God, ritual, text-interpretation, and community life --with special emphasis on Jewish philosophy, theoretical aesthetics, and classical Jewish sources.

Dr. Braiterman's blog:

  • Director, Jewish Studies Program, Syracuse University, 2013-present
  • Full Professor, Department of Religion, Syracuse University, 2013-present
  • Associate Professor, Department of Religion, Syracuse University, 2003-present
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Syracuse University, 1997-2002
  • Adjunct Professor of Jewish Thought, Jewish Theological Seminary, 2011
  • NEH Visiting Associate Professor of the Humanities, Colgate University, spring 2010
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania, Spring 2001
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Rice University, 1996-1997
  • Adjunct Lecturer, The University of Judaism, 1995
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Religious Studies, Santa Clara University, 1994-1995
Book Chapters
  • "After Germany: An American Jewish Philosophical Manifesto," in Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, Aaron W. Hughes (eds.), Jewish Philosophy for the Twenty-First Century: Personal Reflections. Leiden: Brill, 2014. Pp. 42-60.
  • "The Patient Political Gesture: Law, Liberalism, and Talmud," Randi Rashkover and Martin Kavka (eds.), Judaism, Liberalism, and Political Theology. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014. Pp. 241-268.
  • "Aura and the 'Spiritual in Art' in the Age of Digital Reproduction," in Ken Koltun-Fromm (ed.), Thinking Jewish Culture in America. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2013. Pp. 185-220.
  • “The Emergence of Modern Religion: Moses Mendelssohn, Neoclassicism, and Ceremonial Aesthetics” in Christian Wiese and Martina Urban(eds.), German-Jewish Thought Between Religion and Politics: Festschrift in Honor of the Seventieth Birthday of Paul Mendes-Flohr, (Studia Judaica 60) Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2012
  • “Zionism” in Martin Kavka, Zachary Braiterman, and David Novak (eds.) Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy: The Modern Era, Cambridge University Press, pp.606-34, 2012
  • "Chapter Three Lessing in Jerusalem: Modern Religion, Medieval Orientalism, and the Idea of Perfection," in James A. Diamond and Aaron W. Hughes (eds.), Encountering the Medieval in Modern Jewish Thought. Leiden: Brill, 2012. Pp. 71-98.
  • “Jewish Philosophy, the Sciences, and the Humanities” CCARJournal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly, pp.50-7, winter 2012
  • “Aesthetics,” “God,” and “Richard Rubenstein” in Judith Baskin (ed.)The CambridgeDictionary of Jewish History, Religion, and Culture, Cambridge University Press, 2011
  • “Lamentations in Modern Jewish Thought” in Robin Parry and Heath Thomas(eds.), Great is Thy Faithfulness? Reading Lamentations as Sacred Scripture, Eugene: Pickwick, Publications, 2011
  • "A Modern Mitzvah-Space-Aesthetic” in Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett and Jonathan Karp (eds.) The Art of Being Jewish in Modern Times. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008
  • "Martin Buber and the Art of Ritual” in Michael Zank (ed.), Martin Buber: New Perspectives/Neue Perspektiven, Mohr/Siebeck,2006
  • "'Elu ve-Elu': Reading (the) Difference (between) Rabbinic Textuality (and) Postmodern Philosophy," to appear in Textual Reasonings: Jewish Philosophy and Text Study at the End of the Twentieth Century, Peter Ochs and Nancy Levene, eds., 2003.
  • "Cyclical Motions and the Force of Repetition in the Thought of Franz Rosenzweig," in Beginning Again: Towards a Hermeneutic of Jewish Texts, eds. Aryeh Cohen and Shaul Magid. Seven Bridges Press, 2002.
Journal Articles
  • Out of This World: Virtual Reality and Philosophical Talmud: a Review of Sergey Dolgopolski’s The Open Past. In Marginalia: A Los Angeles Review of Books Channel (online), February 29, 2016.
  • "No Parting Ways: The Crypto-Zionism of Judith Butler," in Political Theology, (16:4), 2015. Pp. 371-377.
  • "Martin Buber," The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2014 Edition), Michael Zank (co-author), Edward N. Zalta (ed.).
  • Outside Aphrodite’s Bathhouse: On Rachel Neis, The Sense of Sight in Rabbinic Culture: Jewish Ways of Seeing in Late Antiquity, Cambridge University Press, 2013. In The Talmud Blog (online), March 2014.
  • “Philosophical and Theological Responses to the Holocaust” in Oxford Bibliographies Online New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
    DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199840731-0021
  • Radical Theology and Judaism: Response to Martin Kavka” in Soundings, (95:1), 2012
  • "Maimonides and the Visual Image after Kant and Cohen," in The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy (20:2), 2012. Pp. 217-230.
  • “Photographic Index, the ‘Spiritual in Art,’ and the Ethics of ‘Downcast Eyes’” in Philosophy Today, (55:4), 2011
  • “Conservative Money and Jewish Studies: Investigating the Tikvah Fund” at ZeekMagazine (online); september 2011
  • "We Ourselves are to Blame: Hannah Arendt’s Jewish Writings” at Zeek Magazine, (online), September 2007
  • "Stretched Flesh-Space: Temple, Talmud, and Merleau-Ponty," inPhilosophy Today, (50:1), 2006. Pp. 92-103.
  • "Aesthetics and Judaism, Art and Revelation" in Jewish Studies Quarterly, (11:4), 2004
  • "Against Leo Strauss" in The Journal of the Society for Textual Reasoning, (online) (3:1) 2004
  • Response to Peter Ochs, "Behind the Mechitza: Reflections on the Rules of Textual Reasoning," in The Journal of Textual Reasoning: Rereading Judaism After Modernity (1:1) 2002.
  • Response to Marc Bregman, "AQEDAH: Midrash as Visualization" in Textual Reasoning: A Journal of the Postmodern Jewish Philosophy Network (Vol. 10, 2001).
  • "Joseph Soloveitchik and Immanuel Kant's Mitzvah-Aesthetic," AJS Review (25:1), 2000-2001
  • "Against Holocaust-Sublime: Naive Reference and the Generation of Memory," History and Memory (12:2) 2000
  • "Der Ästhet Franz Rosenzweig: Beautiful Form and Religious Thought," Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy (Vol. 10) 2000
  • "Response to Jacob Neusner," in Religious Education (95:1) 2000
  • "Teaching Jewish Studies in a Radically Gentile Space: Some Personal Reflections," Religious Education (94:4), 1999
  • "`Into Life'? Franz Rosenzweig and the Figure of Death," in AJS Review (23:2), 1998
  • "Fideism Redux: Emil Fackenheim and The State of Israel," in Jewish Social Studies (4:1), 1997
  • "`Hitler's Accomplice'?! The Tragic Theology of Richard Rubenstein" in Modern Judaism (17), 1997

“Conservative Money and Jewish Studies: Investigating the Tikvah Fund” online at Zeek