Monthly Archives: December 2013

New Jewish Studies Space Studies (AJS 2013) (Ben Schachter, 16 Eruvim)

For those of you who didn’t notice, that was Ben Schachter’s very handsome Sixteen Eruvim I’ve Walked Through (2008) gracing the front cover of the Association for Jewish Studies conference program book. It’s nice to see such careful attention to … Continue reading

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Almost Home (Mapping Ararat) (Digital Jewish Studies)

I’m really sorry I missed the presentation at the AJS. Created by Melissa Schiff, Louis Kaplan, and John Craig Freeman, Mapping Ararat is an alternative, digitally augmented homeland project. In the 19th century, upstate New York was an incubator of … Continue reading

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Another institution withdraws from ASA

AND SO IT STARTS –ZJB

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Re-Cognition (Association of Jewish Studies Annual Conference) (2013)

(Ari Kelman, AJS Bingo) I love the intimate scale of the annual conference of the Association of Jewish Studies (AJS). It’s small-scaled and intimate, meaning that everyone knows everyone. You run into the same people on a constant basis, and … Continue reading

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40 mph (Through Snow) (Drive Civil)

Driving through heavy snow is a social trust, the most civil form of the art. Moving at super slow speed, everyone gives right of way to the other. We’re all in this together. With almost no room for error, everyone … Continue reading

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Israel Apartheid BDS

It’s actually simple and it has nothing to do with academic freedom. –If I thought Zionism is racism or Israel was an apartheid state, I would support an academic boycott. But I don’t, so I won’t. –If there was an … Continue reading

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Anti Zionism Liberal Zionism (Concepts & Mirrors)

It wasn’t always the case, but today, all the markers that identify liberal Zionism, as such, constitute questions. They are dubitable, under threat of erasure, pressured from either side of the political spectrum. “Democracy,” “Zionism,” “Israel,” “the Jewish people,” “the … Continue reading

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Temple Mount Noble Sanctuary Jerusalem Snow

a snowy place of religious imagination(s).

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“I Hate Israel” (BDS)

When I first started college after a gap year spent in Israel on kibbutz, I was surprised by the animus expressed for Israel by its critics. A naïve Labor Zionist, I thought that the problem was the occupation, not the … Continue reading

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(Human) (Icon) Nelson Mandela Politician

Everyone wants the icon in order to hold it up against our own tawdry times, but then they don’t know what to do with it, politically. I’m not so sure Mandela was the radical that people on the left want … Continue reading

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