Monthly Archives: March 2012

A Christian Church and a Hindu Temple (Central New York)

  We drive by these things out there in the rural countryside. A white and gold church, set off on a brown field, off rt.17 in Broome County A red and gold temple, off rt 81, north of Binghamton. They … Continue reading

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Law and Kindness — What is Radical Thought? (Published Response to Martin Kavka in Soundings)

http://www.brooklynstreetart.com/theblog/2012/03/01/radical/ Martin Kavka’s essay, “Can Jews be Radical Theologians” and responses to him by myself, Richard Rubenstein, and Marc Ellis just came out in Soundings (95:1, 2012) http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/soundings/toc/sij.95.1.html. With his usual acumen, Martin sought in this philosophical query a turn … Continue reading

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Sign (Christianity)

I’m going to start posting churches. Here’s why. It’s because I want to find a place for Christianity at Jewish Philosophy Place. Not just Christianity, of course, but definitely Christianity. Really, just about anything that crosses my path. I want … Continue reading

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Pragmatism and Picture-Thinking (A Recent Publication re: Political Theology)

  (Times Square, March 2012) In the most recent issue of the online Journal of Textual Reasoning, Hannah Hashkes wrote a thoughtful lead essay about “Autonomy, Community, and the Jewish Self.” I was asked to respond along with Daniel Maoz, … Continue reading

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Image-Ephemera at “Jewish Philosophy Place”

I’m trying to figure out the place of ephemera at Jewish Philosophy Place (JPP). In part this is a question about the place of images in Jewish philosophy. Image-ephemera re-direct more theoretical exploration. They loosen up, complicate, and volatilize thought. … Continue reading

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Notes on “Israel,” “Islam,” and Anti-Semitism (Toulouse)

  I received some interesting critical pushback about my previous post on Toulouse. Some of it has to do with the problem of anti-Semitism, about which earlier I said nothing explicit. I say now that I still don’t think it … Continue reading

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Toulouse (“Islam” & “Israel”)

Please let me give this a try. But it already seems to be that now we know that the Toulouse shooter was Muslim, everybody can line up on either side of the great divide as people seek to find an … Continue reading

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Throne of Glory (Notes from Underground)

I love the underground, rough, welded steel, geometric dignity of Michelle Greene’s Railrider’s Throne (1991), as well as the older abstract patterns in the tile work on the southbound platform of the #1 train at 116th Street, New York City.

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After Toulouse

Please don’t read the following post if you think this is too presumptuous or too pretentious for me to write about. I’m not sure that it’s not. But I was wondering how to respond on JPP to the murders this week in Toulouse, … Continue reading

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Pageantry (St. Patrick’s Day)

(with permission) Despite its well warranted boozy reputation, I’ll never think about the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in exactly the same way. Our friend Jack marched this year with his dad, Gerry (not pictured). What you get here in this … Continue reading

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