Monthly Archives: June 2012

Israel-Palestine and Liberal Judaism in North America (response to Hayyim Rothman)

The reason why I think Israel matters is because I’m thinking that the rightwing rot from over here rolls over there and the rot over there makes an impact over here. I think shoring up and projecting a North American … Continue reading

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Israel-Palestine and the Future of Liberal Judaism in America (Apocalyptic Impressions)

    What shocked me the most, and I’m not sure why it did, about the recent report about the changing face of the Jewish community in New York (less secular, more orthodox and ultra-orthodox) is how much it reminds … Continue reading

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Gilt Bronze Religion (Material Culture)

(at the Metropolitan Museum of Art) Art refracts the material character of religion. The religious action is metalic. Nothing fleshy here. The gilt bronze accentuates the corporeal hurt, even as the metal makes it unreal. I’m not sure how this works. … Continue reading

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Sheldon — Conservative Money, the New Face of American Judaism, & Election 2012

$100,000,000 is a lot of cash to blow on defeating President Obama in November, but not for Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnate whose wealth is estimated at $25,000,000,000. Is this too the future face of American Judaism, of … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Tokyo Green Space:
ベランダは狭くて短いです。けれども、この角度からは、庭の道がちょっと長く見えます。 From this perspective, the balcony garden path looks longer than its four meters. I’m pleased with how much I have packed in.

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Blockhouse (Romantic Ruin Urban Park)

When Olmstead and Vaux acquired this tract of land, now the northwest end of Central Park, they preserved the Blockhouse because they liked the idea of a romantic, historic ruin. It’s located in “The North Woods.” As romantic ruins go, … Continue reading

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Freedom and Conservative Claptrap – Liberal Judaism and the Changing Face of the “New York Jew”

I’ve been thinking about the new study by Steven Cohen about the changing face of the New York Jewish community –more orthodox and ultra-orthodox, less liberal. A part of me thinks that this is not a big story. It has … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Perverse Egalitarianism:
So Žižek’s slowly but surely winding down from somewhat interesting observations – interesting in terms of possibilities – to the usual mediocre neither-here-nor-there stuff where a joke or an anecdote carry most of the argumentative…

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Originally posted on Tokyo Green Space:
ベランダに、赤色のレタスの2種類があります。食用にも装飾にもなります。 I am growing two types of red lettuce. I like how it’s both edible and also decorative.

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Aesthetic Religion (Plato’s Cave before Plato’s Cave)

A couple of weeks back there was an article in the NYT Science Times about the flute found at the Hohle Fels Cave in southwestern Germany, which they now date back 42,000 to 43,000 years, not 35,000. That’s really old. I … Continue reading

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