Monthly Archives: March 2012

Politics & Imagination (Nissim Rejwan: Israel’s Place in the Middle East)

Last week, I finished Nissim Rejwan’s Israel’s Place in the Middle East. For me, Rejwan and the other mizrachi neo-Levantines writing in the 1990s read so fresh, what with so much debate today about Israel tasting so stale and being … Continue reading

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Originally posted on The Talmud Blog:
As reported in such news outlets as the Jerusalem Post, Yeshiva World News, and PaleoJudaica, a new translation of the Babylonian Talmud into Arabic has just been published in Jordan and is on sale for $750.…

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River (Zohar & Food)

(Fairway Supermarkey & Hudson River view from inside Fairway Supermarket) I’ve got rivers in my head. According to the Zohar, it’s “[from] that flowing , gushing river, [that] all are nourished; from there souls fly to all…for there is nothing … Continue reading

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Delaware Water Gap (Drive-Thru Landscape)

southbound, rt. I-80 This is always the most exciting part of the drive back from Syracuse to New York City. It’s always thrilling, zipping along and behind trucks and other cars down the elevated bridge. The low mountains loom up … Continue reading

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Downtown Syracuse (Urban Space)

  I have developed a very soft spot for the City of Syracuse, but something terrible happened to the city, probably in the 1970s and probably having to do with rt.81 which cuts through the city on an overpass. They … Continue reading

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Anonymous-Democratic Public Sphere (Sitting at the DMV)

A couple of weeks back, I spent about three hours at the DMV renewing my driver’s license. I could have gone out, gotten an eye test, and renewed by mail. But why wouldn’t you want to go to the DMV? … Continue reading

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Hebrew Arabic Islam Judaism (Almog Behar)

  Almog Behar read poetry and spoke at Syracuse University tonight.  A third generation Israeli, his parents (or was it just his mother?) came from Iraq. In his remarks he told the old story about the mizrachi immigration to Israel … Continue reading

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Originally posted on The Talmud Blog:
Many people ask me why I chose France when I decided to write my PhD dissertation on rabbinic literature. It is a very good question since there are only a handful of Talmud specialists in…

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Originally posted on Tokyo Green Space:
表参道 で、ミツマタという木をはじめて見ました。裸の枝に、香り高い花がたくさん咲いていました。木の持ち主が説明してくれました。五百年前に中国から輸入されて、ミツマタは、和紙を作るために使用されます。 I was admiring this fragrant tree with poofy balls of yellow and white flowers on bare branches. It’s in a shallow residential garden near Omotesando Koffee. Luckily, the owner came by as…

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Jewish Philosophy (what is The Star of Redemption?)

I’m running a graduate seminar in modern Jewish philosophy, and find myself in an agitated state. We’ve been slogging through The Star of Redemption. As is often the case, huge amounts of energy are put into organizing the text, sorting … Continue reading

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