Monthly Archives: December 2012

Post-Orthodox, Post-Post Secularism

(Rembrandt, Belshazzar’s Feast, 1636) Is the writing on the wall for religion, religious studies, post secularism and “theo-politics?” I really liked this post by Alan Brill on his blog over at the Book of Doctrines and Opinions. http://kavvanah.wordpress.com/2012/12/24/post-orthodoxy/. It suggests what … Continue reading

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Electric Folk Religion (Christmas in Baltimore)

Christmas used to get me down when I was young; not so much anymore. I bucked against the minoritarian status I felt it imposed upon me. Maybe it had something to do with the anti-Semitism at the WASP-y  prep school … Continue reading

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Lonely Christmas (Dead Meme?)

As an outsider looking in, this article about Christmas by Carolyn Briggs in the New York Times Sunday Style section made me very sad, and very curious, because, “if I were Christian, I would probably…” I guess it’s true that … Continue reading

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Plugged in Trees (Nature-Technology)

Columbia University lights up the trees on its main campus-walk along what used to be 116th St. for the entire winter season, from November through March. A neighbor called my attention to the individual outlets for each individual tree, which … Continue reading

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(Religion &) LSD (Allen Ginsberg)

My mom clipped me an essay in the New Yorker by Zadie Smith about Joni Mitchell with reference to Abraham, Isaac, and Kierkegaard. The essay reflects on this thing called literary taste, and the kinds of shifts to which it … Continue reading

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ALTERNATIVE MODERNITIES?

Originally posted on The Book of Doctrines and Opinions::
This month Eliyahu Stern published his book The Genius: Elijah of Vilna and the Making of Modern Judaism (Yale University Press). Stern has an appointment at Yale. Stern received his Ph.D.…

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My Jewish Friends, My Christian Friends (Parochials and Lonely Knights of Faith)

(Synagoga and Ecclesia at Notre-Dame de Paris) I wasn’t going to post this, but maybe I will, but please take it with a grain of salt because I don’t mean a word of it,  not really. It’s just being back … Continue reading

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