Monthly Archives: August 2015

Jewish Studies in Iran

More from Larry Cohler-Esses’ trip to Iran: this article, which you can find here in the Forward, is about Jewish Studies at the University of Religions and Denominations in Qom. The approach to Jewish Studies at Qom is textual, focused … Continue reading

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Late Summer Gardens (Syracuse)

On a walk through some late summer sidewalk gardens in the Westcott neighborhood of Syracuse.

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Guests Should Expect Physical Turbulence (New York State Fair 2015)

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Cheap Milk (New York State Fair 2015)

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thegemara Website (Shai Secunda)

I don’t think Shai Secunda will mind if I crib an open letter he recently sent out on email about a new website, “thegemara,” which you can find here. It’s a sister-site to thetorah, which he is helping edit. The aim of … Continue reading

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Brutalist Synagogue (Beersheba)

Poking around the internet for more Beersheba Brutalism, I found this and other pictures of this synagogue, which seems to go by two names. The Pyramid Synagogue refers obviously to its external form, whereas the Synagogue of the Babylonian Community … Continue reading

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Techno Romantic Network Religion (In Church With Bruno Latour)

For the Information Age, Bruno Latour writing about religion reads a little like Schleiermacher, On Religion: Speeches to its Cultured Despisers. Latour’s own contribution, Rejoicing: Or the Torments of Religious Speech, joins a long list of European philosophers turning to religion in … Continue reading

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Beersheba Brutalism (Mid-century Modern Architecture)

What Bauhaus is to Tel Aviv and the Garden City to the Rehavia neighborhood in Jerusalem, it turns out that Beersheba is a world capital of Brutalist Architecture. From the French béton brut (raw concrete), Brutalism refers to a rough … Continue reading

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Jewish Terror, Anti-State Zionism & Terrible Torah (Yehuda Etzion)

An important profile on Jewish terrorist Yehuda Etzion, which you can read here in the NYT. Apprehended by the state authorities in the 198os, Etzion was part of a/the Jewish Underground convicted for attempting to assassinate Palestinian mayors in the … Continue reading

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(Anti-Child, Not Anti-Semitic) BDS (Other Dreamers) (Oslo)

Organizers of a film festival in Oslo respecting the BDS against Israel missed the message when they banned Other Dreamers, a film by Roy(?) Zarfani about the lives of disabled children at a center near Tel Aviv. In the NYT … Continue reading

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