I apologize that I have been AWOL the past two weeks. I recently decided that I'm going to be taking a break from graduate school at Brandeis University. The papers are almost all in order and I will officially be on leave soon. I have therefore been busy making the necessary preparations. I am currently job-hunting and I am mobile (i.e. I can move most anywhere), so if you have any ideas please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . I would prefer to provide my information (e.g. curriculum vitae) via email as opposed to here.
As for this blog, I have long noted that I have felt unsure as to what direction to take it in. If anything, this feeling has been exacerbated. I feel I've written what I've wanted to about haredi apologetics. I have no desire to write responses to, say, Leib Kelemen or Gerald Schroeder...I feel most of the works of the most popular kiruv gurus have been properly addressed by respondents. I have not often been "evangelized" by Modern Orthodox apologetics so they do not much interest me either. As a 23 year old who was mostly steeped in Jewish books for the past 5 years, I don't feel that I have many insights on the difficult ethical and philosophical questions that we as people-- and therefore political actors -- have to answer. I could try to mekarve people to atheism, but I'd think almost anybody who has chanced to stumble across this blog who might have a shot of adopting what I consider to be the correct lifestance (i.e. atheism) would be able to find and read better attacks on general theistic hypotheses than I could muster; moreover, there are so many atheist bloggers promoting atheism, I don't feel there's much of a need for one more. There was an excellent recommendation that I should focus the blog on hosting informal interviews with people about their experiences with religion, but as I am in a "transition period" right now, I'm not in a position to do that. Perhaps at a later date that is what this blog will be about. I'm not shutting it down. I like to write and while I have felt "blocked" as a writer for a bit now, I hope that I shall be inspired -- hopefully soon -- to have a general direction I want to take the blog in.