Some things are “good to think.” Animals are one such thing, according to the influential French ethnologist and anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss in Totemism (1962). Thinking those things entails more than thinking about those things; those things become a way of thinking. Such things are simultaneously content and process. As many of the following essays demonstrate, there are a host of other things “good to think” germane to Jewish ethics and literatures.

Queerness is one, according to Avigayil Halpern. Inclusive of queer experience, community, and thinking, queerness serves as both topic and method for considering norms such as halakhah. Halpern deploys queerness to investigate a series of issues that animate Tractate Eruvin like the boundaries between the private and the public, between personal and collective spaces and bodies, between static and dynamic relationships. This project challenges conventional presumptions of heteronormativity and mutually exclusive binaries and invites other others into ongoing conversations...

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