Monthly Archives: May 2015

“A Jewish Man Washing on the Beach” at the New York Times

Very strange wording to this photo caption at the New York Times. “A  Jewish man washing at the beach” Not sure why the national-ethnic modifier made any sense in this otherwise interesting article about water conservation. The New Jew. In … Continue reading

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Tiferet & Shekhina Look Like (Shiva and Parvati)

This one was obvious; divine coupling.

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Hesed-Din-Tiferet Look Like (Brahman-Shiva-Vishnu

Different in almost every other aspect, it is the triadic quality and its maleness that mark the mental resemblance between the group Hesed, Din, and Tiferet (the sephirot instantiating the divine qualities of compassion, judgment, and beauty) with the three … Continue reading

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Makom Looks Like (Krishna)

This looks like the rabbinic idea of God as Makom (Place). In the Bhagavad Gita (9:4), Krishna asserts, “All beings are in Me, but I am not in them.” I’m ready to confess I’m getting it wrong. I  found it quoted by … Continue reading

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Gods of Flesh Gods of Stone (Theo-morphic Indian Religion)

Close to finishing up for the moment a round of reading about Hinduism to be able to conclude that the discourse about images and idolatry in modern Jewish thought is fundamentally confused. But maybe Jewish Studies scholars interested in visual … Continue reading

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$160,000,000 Later (The Tikvah Fund & Academic Austerity)

I’ve been wanting to post this for a while and figure now is about the time because what’s done is done, and I want to get in a last word. It been a while since I’ve had occasion to think … Continue reading

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Israel Anti-Zionism Anti-Semitism (Obama Interview)

1+1=2. That is to say that it is the ability to think two thoughts that are in tension which is what impressed me the most about President Obama’s remarks about Israel and Zionism and anti-Semitism in his interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, … Continue reading

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