Monthly Archives: June 2012

After Political Theology (After Weimar Germany)

(interior view, the Hindenburg) What can I say? I have a soft spot for liberals. I remember talking to Jack Caputo some years after 9/11. There was an exchange during our Department reading group about something related to something in … Continue reading

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Political Theology (Agamben)

I’ll say more about the new’ish Agamben when or if I get to it. In the meantime, William Robert’s excellent review suggests what part of The Kingdom and the Glory might be of interest to Jewish philosophy and religio-aesthetic theory.  … Continue reading

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Germans (Jewish Philosophy)

(Anselm Kiefer, at the Gran Palais) Holy deutschjudischegeistesgeschichte, Batman, those German Jews had style! I just finished reading the Christian Wiese and Martina Urban (eds.), German-Jewish Thought between Religion and Poltics and loved every page of it. The essays are … Continue reading

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Public Life, Private Capital, and Government (Not the Americans We Were)

(Andy Warhol, Dollar Bill, 1962) I’ve been reading Philip Roth’s Plot Against America, his novel cum counter-memoir of what happened to America when Charles Lindberg beat Roosevelt in 1940.Needless to say, it does not bode well for the Jews of … Continue reading

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Little World-Big Person

 “the human is small world-the world is a big human” I immediately liked these pictures posted today on Facebook by David Seidenberg and Menachem Feuer, respectively. It took me some time to put the two together. I think the juxtaposition … Continue reading

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Public Spaces (Privatization of Higher Education in the Age of Big-Data-Big-Science)

If you are interested in what the privatization of public space of higher education looks like, check out the ongoing scandal at the University of Virginia. Surrounding the recent sacking of President Teresa Sullivan by the Board of Visitors is … Continue reading

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Flowers (Felicitous Urban Garden Space)

A nice change of pace. Here’s what’s in bloom in Riverside Park. I especially like how sometimes it looks like the sunlight got inside the plant. The flowers are energetic, turbo-charged.

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Exile and Sovereignty (Political Theology)

(Domenico Peterlini, Dante in Exile) My problem with the diasporism-exilism-nomadism that gets touted around as an alternative to Zionism, especially these days, is that I still take seriously the classic Zionist critique of Galut and Galut Judaism; not in whole but certainly … Continue reading

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High Line (Felicitous Urban Green Space)

Went last week to the High Line, a public garden-park that snakes up along what was once an old elevated railtrack. Built in the 1930s, it was used to freight livestock to slaughter in the meatpacking district just below what … Continue reading

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Make a Fence for the Torah — Politics of Space and Separation in Israel-Palestine-Judaism — Liberalism

  And what if the problem is actually “Judaism,” and not “Zionism”? About physical lines of barrier-separation in Israel and the non separation of politics and religion, I’m beginning to think it’s the latter. Zionism was once a secular phenomenon, … Continue reading

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