Monthly Archives: June 2013

German Jewish Tel Aviv Thought (Antiquarian)

I wonder if German Jewish philosophy makes more sense in Tel Aviv than in the United States. It’s more integrated into the place, historically, culturally, and architecturally. In America, one day we might be able to avoid them. I’m not … Continue reading

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Philosophical Aesthesis (Apophatics) (Elliot Wolfson)

I finished a week or two ago Elliot Wolfson’ new book, A Dream Interpreted Within a Dream, and like everyone I know, I can’t speak highly enough about it. For my purposes, Elliot is one of few of our colleagues … Continue reading

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Wicker, Plastic, Palms, Decorative Concrete (Ramat Aviv)

  There’s this upscale shopping center in Ramat Aviv Gimmel. I’m trying to give it its best look. The merchandise is upscale and posh, but the actual physical construction of the site is a bit run down. I like the … Continue reading

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New York Israel

Left New York for 6 weeks in Israel with family and friends. I took these shots on the way through Queens to JFK and then from Ben Gurion on the way to Tel Aviv. Israel has always meant a lot … Continue reading

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Dis/Avowing Religion and Art (James Turrell)

I am always on the lookout when blue chip art critics touch upon religion and mysticism even or especially when they want to cast into doubt the relation of these to art. Here’s Roberta Smith’s review of James Turrell at … Continue reading

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Buddhists, Bicycles, and Pot Smokers (Green Goes Rotten)

Reading the New York Times on Friday, trying to get my mind around this one –Buddhist lynch mobs. That one’s out of Myanmar. And then there’s the story about marijuana growers despoiling forests in northern California, and bikes clogging up … Continue reading

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Reading List (Israel)

Am going on Monday to Israel for about 6 weeks. Long neglected books by friends and colleagues about Mendelssohn, Rosenzweig, Levinas, and Strauss will just have to wait. It’s getting more than a little embarrassing, not having read these books … Continue reading

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