Monthly Archives: January 2015

A Baal Shem Tov Doubt re: Heavenly Communications

[Eliezer Sobel, Baal Shem Tov in His Carriage] Jewish philosophy puts a lot of stock in revelation. It’s supposed to do all the work. But what’s the nature of that “communication”? Here’s a doubt by the Baal Shem Tov. It’s … Continue reading

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(With a Drone) How to Shoot Auschwitz (.)(?)

There are so many questions that hang over this little project, relating in particular to memory and to the passage of time, to imaging technologies and to post-catastrophe aesthetics. You can see the clip here, produced by the BBC. Hovering … Continue reading

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4 Survivors Pointing (Holocaust)

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Non Jewish Jewish Studies (Apropos to Something Aaron Hughes Said)

Not at Syracuse University in the Department of Religion. Apropos to the point made by Aaron Hughes in The Study  of Judaism: Authenticity, Identity, Scholarship,  I’m delighted to report that Jewish Studies is not too Jewish. This semester I’m teaching … Continue reading

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Spring Semester 2015 (Space, Place, Things, and Bodies)

My goings on this semester at Syracuse University this semester. Jewish Studies and contemporary Jewish thought & philosophy can look like this: –Jewish Studies Seminar: Kabbalah and Mystical Architecture (looking at space and place in the Zohar: creation, circumcision, Tabernacle) (Scholem, … Continue reading

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A Little Antisemitic Joke (Reading Heidegger, Contributions to Philosophy)

“Sheer idiocy to say that experimental research is Nordic-Germanic and that rational research, on the contrary is of foreign extraction! We would then have to resolve to number Newton and Leibniz among the “Jews.” Writing against science, math, calculation, Heidegger makes … Continue reading

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Hier ist kein warum [Reading Heidegger, Contributions to Philosophy (Of the Event)]

Professional happenstance led me to reading Heidegger’s Contributions to Philosophy (Of the Event). Written between 1936 and 1938, it was published posthumously in 1989, and then again in 1994 as a second edition. I’ve heard that the one to read … Continue reading

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