Jenna Weissman Joselit asks at HuffPost, “Do These Amazing Jews Have ‘Displaced Talmudic Energy?’” If we bought the analysis referred to in the article about talented contemporary Jews, we would begin to refer to this syndrome as DTE. Alas we do not buy the theory.
The Talmud is a literature with distinctive contents and ways of thinking about the world. If it was a source of “energy” we would be among the first to market Talmud-Water or Talmud-Bracelets and try to get Madonna interested in the Talmud.
Wait a second, those are not bad ideas.
We do track a high sense of drama in the world of the Talmud and a conviction that we Jews are stars at the center of the stage. That is at most an idea, a concept or a meme, and not an energy bar.
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