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Occupy Judaism: Religion, Digital Media, And The Public Sphere, Owen Gottlieb, Ayala Fader Jul 2015

Occupy Judaism: Religion, Digital Media, And The Public Sphere, Owen Gottlieb, Ayala Fader

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This article provides an analysis of Occupy Judaism, an explicitly religious expression of Jewish protest, which occurred simultaneously with Occupy Wall Street, the direct-democracy movement of 2011. Occupy Judaism, like Occupy Wall Street, took place both in physical spaces of protest in New York City and digitally, through mobilizing and circulating debate. The article focuses on the words and actions of Daniel Sieradski, the public face and one of the key founders of Occupy Judaism, supplemented by the experiences of others in Occupy Judaism, Occupy Wall Street, and Occupy Faith (a Protestant clergy-led initiative). We investigate what qualified as religion ...