Monthly Archives: May 2013

Smart Cities Public Spaces

Nice article by Michael Kimmelman in the New York Times about smart cities and public spaces. Apparently the two are connected. The trick is to make the most out of even small, neglected urban spots or corner. From the article, … Continue reading

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Domestic Judaism, Objects and Memory (“As it were … So to speak: A Museum Collection in Dialogue With Barbara Bloom)

An easy confluence of sacral and secular objects from the permanent collection and their reinstallation into reconfigured domestic interiors of the Warburg mansion, now site of the Jewish Museum in New York City. Wall texts serve as commentary, but at … Continue reading

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Jan Assmann — Carl Schmitt — Cosmotheism

My old friend GK doesn’t have his Assmann in Hong Kong but wanted to see where Assmann links cosmotheism with what I’m identifying as Schmitt. Assmann does not mention Schmitt by name, but it seems not too hard to read … Continue reading

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Virtual (“Jewish Philosophy Place” is “Post-Ethnic”)

Jewish Philosophy Place is “post-ethnic.” To follow Shaul Magid, this means a form of Jewish thought and culture, or a platform, not tied down exclusively to “Jews” and to other Jewish “contents.” A type of online network culture, its topics … Continue reading

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Culinary Judaism (Trans-Ethnic)

Culinary Judaism is trans-ethnic. I like this hole-in-the-wall on the Upper West Side, between Broadway and Amsterdam. But also local. You find a joint like this in Syracuse or Bloomington. Tin foil holds the whole thing together.

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Monotheism Cosmotheism (Jan Assmann)

I’m actually very confused about Jan Assmann’s critique of monotheism. It may be confusing and confused, but it is in no way anything simple or consistent. I’d been avoiding Assmann for a while, having other things to read, but I … Continue reading

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Critical Reflections re: American Post-Judaism (Shaul Magid)

You can read here what I wrote a bit at Open Zion about Shaul Magid’s recent American Post-Judaism: Identity and Renewal in A Postethnic Society, including remarks relevant to questions relating to Israel. It includes a basic synopsis of the … Continue reading

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