Monthly Archives: April 2015

NEH Grants: Humanities in the Public Square Humanities in the Public Square Deadline June 24, 2015 for Projects Beginning January 2016 Award Info:  Up to $300,000 for the one-year project period;  applications requesting >$150,000 should aim to implement an ambitious project with a broad geographic reach … Continue reading

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Saul Bellow’s Moses Herzog: A Literary Treatment of the Traveling Schlemiel (Part II)

Originally posted on Schlemiel Theory:
Since he is in constant motion, Saul Bellow’s schlemiel, Moses Herzog can’t hold on to things. He moves from place to place, from memory to memory, and from slow motion to speed. His narrative can…

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Syracuse Canal Street Walk

After dropping off the car at the mechanic, I knocked around Canal, Water, and Erie on a walk from Beech Street back over and then up the hill to the University. As the street names suggest, the Erie Canal used … Continue reading

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Spring Night Flowering

Out the other night with the dog, taking pictures of flowering trees and flowers. Me that is, not the dog.

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Iconic Letters & “Meaningless” Prayer (Pillar of Prayer)

It came across my desk and I thought I should read Meanchem Kallus’ translation of the Pillar of Prayer (Amud ha’Tefilah). It’s a loosely organized anthology of sayings attributed to the Baal Shem Tov, but it seems that it was … Continue reading

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(Melancholic Thoughts) Aharon Lichtenstein (z”l)

I hesitate to post this because it’s going to sound mean spirited. This week has seen the passing of Aaron Lichtenstein –an American educated student of Joseph Soloveitchik and  co-founder of Yeshivat Gush Etzion in the West Bank, and a … Continue reading

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Holy Days Crown Heights Riot (Reading Lis Harris, Jean Baudrillard, and Anna Deavere Smith)

Last week my American Judaism grad seminar, we read Lis Harris’ Holy Days, a mid 1980s chronicle about her explorations into the Lubavitch community. We read her text along with Haym Soloveitchik’s “Rupture and Transformation,” and passages from Jean Baudrillard’s … Continue reading

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