Monthly Archives: November 2015

Vladimir Putin (What Bernard Lewis Got Right)

Say what you want about Bernard Lewis, but check out these concluding words to his much and in so many ways justifiably maligned What Went Wrong: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East.  They are quite prescient, … Continue reading

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Catastrophe Affect & Human Values (Responding to the Middle East Today)

I’m not sure about these confessional remarks. On the one hand, the thoughts reflected here cut what is probably too wide a swath through a highly reified and mediated conceptualizations of “Islam” and “the Middle East,” while reflecting my own … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Invitation (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Ellen instructs him to say that dinner’s as usual at three o’clock. It doesn’t get more Americana than a Thanksgiving invitation from Ralph Waldo Emerson. I found this little thing at the Twitter feed of the Morgan Library and Museum.

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Allegory of the Planets and Continents

Framed by a narrow mass of terrestrial along the edge and then flying figures in the middle, the bright void straight up there in the center of the picture is full of light. That’s god Apollo with the yellow nimbus … Continue reading

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Jews, 1931: Wittgenstein’s Marginalia on Jews, Jewishness, and “Reproductive” Jewish Thought

Originally posted on Schlemiel Theory:
Some of the most interesting things that come out of our lives can be found in the margins. Freud – like a good detective – took marginalia seriously. An occasional or out-of-the-ordinary slip can disclose…

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“Put A Bullet Between His Eyes”

Claiming to have forced Prime Minister Netanyahu to walk back this or that moderate expression in a recent fence-mending trip to the United States, Education Minister Naftali Bennet said in a closed party forum that “he put a bullet between … Continue reading

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American Anthropologists Boycott Israeli Colleagues (Bold & Toothless)

One can understand which way the wind is blowing, with Israel veering towards the fascist rightwing in order to explain why the American Anthropological Association (AAA) just passed overwhelmingly a resolution boycotting their colleagues at Israeli universities. But the decision … Continue reading

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Morality, Religion, Politics (Congressman Jerrold Nadler on Iran Deal, Israel, & Syrian Refugees)

It was very moving to hear Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) before a full house this Shabbat at Ansche Chesed explaining his vote in favor of the Iran Deal, his thoughts about Israel and Palestine, and his support for Syrian refugees. Delivered from … Continue reading

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Campus BDS is Going to Go After Jewish Studies

Will there be a “safe place” on campus for Jewish Studies? Or will it be impossible to teach and to take without fear of disruption or recrimination university courses about Israeli history and culture or courses that touch upon connections, … Continue reading

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(Dualities & Interconnections) Hummingbird & Passionflowers

Hummingbird and Passionflowers Martin Johnson Heade (1819–1904) ca. 1875–85 From the Met’s Twitter feed: From 1880 to 1904, Heade, an ardent devotee of natural history, contributed over one hundred letters and articles on hummingbirds and related topics to “Forest and … Continue reading

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