Monthly Archives: December 2015

A Little Intermarriage Perhaps (Dorit Rabinyan)

To much hue and  cry, the Israel Education Minister nixed the inclusion of Dorit Rabinyan’s novel “Gader Haya” (translated as “Borderlife” in English) into the highschool curriculum. About a love affair between an Israeli and a Palestinian, apparently there was … Continue reading

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Men in Cars (Barack Obama & Jerry Seinfeld)

You can see them here kibbitzing, President Barack Obama and comedian Jerry Seinfeld are two incredibly powerful men, one more so than the other, and one very rich, driving around in a very cool car, a 1963 Corvette. They then … Continue reading

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地蔵 (Jizō the Bodhisattva of the Earth Matrix)

Protector of those tormented in hell, women from childbirth, and warriors in battle, travelers and children, including dead children and aborted fetuses –Jizō the Bodhisattva of the Earth Matrix carries a pilgrim’s staff and a “mani jewel” whose protective light … Continue reading

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The Idea of a Collection (Japanese Buddhism at the Museum of Fine Arts) (Boston)

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is relatively small compared to the behemoths further south. But they pack a lot into its space. I slipped away from the AJS conference the other week to take a peek, particularly to … Continue reading

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The Rapture of Seeing & Ellsworth Kelly (RIP)

They’re not “pictures.” When I first started going out to look at art, I always liked Ellsworth Kelly’s compositions, if that’s the right word, primarily for the quiet view it brought to things like simple shapes and colors. While he’s … Continue reading

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Oh, What the Hell

I am ashamed to say that I did not celebrate the holiday as I’m supposed to. Actually, went for BBQ yesterday, not Chinese. Hometown BBQ in Red Hook was practically empty, a zero wait in line.  And then on to … Continue reading

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Radical Religious Jewish Terrorism (Jewish Dance)

The recent youtube clip of radical rightwing Jewish settler youth celebrating the slaughter of the Dawabsha family in the West Bank of Duma has shocked much if not most of the entire political and religious establishment, especially the rightwing who have … Continue reading

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