Monthly Archives: March 2014

Omar (Inexperienced & Unprotected) (Spoiler Alert)

I saw Hany Abu-Assad’s Oscar nominated Omar the other week on a Monday afternoon. The movie tells the story of four young Palestinians somewhere in the West Bank: Omar, Amjad, Tareq, and his sister Nadia, who’s in love with Omar. … Continue reading

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Hebron Ridiculous (Neighbors + Soldiers = 1 State Social Contract)

This story made the rounds last week.You can watch both video here. Scene 1: A settler in Hebron, of course he’s religious, gets caught in barbed wire as he tries to climb up to remove a Palestinian flag from the rooftop … Continue reading

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Judith Butler Liberal Zionist (Parting Ways at the AAR)

“Judith Butler is a liberal Zionist.” Only a little tongue in cheek, I’ll make this claim on the basis of her remarks at a panel at the American Academy of Religion conference (2013). Organized by Ellen Armour and sponsored by … Continue reading

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1 State Palestine (Tareq Abbas)

This is how Israel loses the debate. As expressed by Tareq Abbas in this article in the NYT, the logic for a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is impeccable and human. Abbas is the son of the Palestine Authority … Continue reading

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“Moderating Judith Butler” at the AJS (Zachary Braiterman)

At the AJS annual conference last December, I was asked at the last minute to moderate a roundtable discussion of Judith Butler’s Parting Ways. The panel was organized by Larisa Reznik and included presentations by her, Peter Gordon, Sarah Hammerschlag, … Continue reading

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Bourgeois Orientalist Synagogue (Heat Exchangers)

The congregation should be comfortable. I think it was visiting the Neue Synagoge in Berlin that I read about how the nineteenth century neo-Moorish building incorporated modern design elements, simple things like heating systems. At Ansche Chesed in New York, … Continue reading

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(American) Judaism (In the World) (New York Times)

In this post, the tags come together: American Judaism, cosmopolitanism, literature, tourism. Is this unique to the United States, at least to New York, where Jews and Judaism have a very public profile, a profile represented with some frequency in … Continue reading

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Harlem Renovation Gentrification Integration

Just off of Manhattan Avenue near Morningside Park. New steel and glass + old brick. The bay windows fan out like an accordion. The new owners put up extra space with a garden on the roof. I’m pretty sure it’s … Continue reading

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Tolerating (Publick) Religion (John Locke)

Following the lead by Craig Martin in Masking Hegemony: A Genealogy of Liberalism, Religion, and the Private Sphere, I took a peek at John Locke’s A Letter Concerning Toleration. The standard version is that Locke represents a liberalism in which … Continue reading

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Tatttoo Stamp (Auschwitz)

I found this story at Ynet about a nasty bit of “material culture.” Apparently this device with the metal teeth was a stamp used to tattoo prisoners at Auschwitz. Looks like something out of Kafka’s “The Penal Colony.” It was recently discovered and identified. … Continue reading

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