Monthly Archives: April 2015

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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(Spring) Walk in the (Morningside) Park

Everything’s in bloom, up and down the hill alongside the west side of Morningside Park.

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Arab Liberal Perfidy

So-called progressive university professors tend to have it out for liberals. Swinging hard and broadly, for a full blown rant against Arab liberals, here’s a piece by Joseph Massad, which you can read here at Electronic Intifadah. Included are the … Continue reading

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(Human-Non-Human) Night of Philosophy (April 24)

What’s going on in philosophy? Check out the program, which you can find here, for this all-night philosophical symposium cum art-music-performance spectacle, geared to an educated popular audience. Very serious, it looks like a lot of fun. But I guess … Continue reading

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Spinoza (Affect, Phenomenology, Politics)

Excellent review, which you can read here, by Benjamin Wurghaft on 3 new Spinoza books: Hasana Sharp, Spinoza and the Politics of Renaturalization, Knox Peden Spinoza Contra Phenomenology: French Rationalism from Cavailles to Deleuze Antonio Negri, Spinoza for Our Time: … Continue reading

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Copland & Stravinsky?!

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First Spring Green (Morningside Park)

Before they begin to cover the visual field, first spring leaves highlight the relation between background and foreground.

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