Monthly Archives: January 2016

(Neither Jewish nor Democratic) The State of Israel is A Bi-National “Entity”

For many long-time observers, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not what it used to be. Populations now begin to clash. Palestinian terrorists murder Jewish teenagers. Israel gets drawn into and enters into asymmetrical armed conflicts. Whipped up by raw appeals to … Continue reading

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(In A Box) Dead Wannabe Pharaoh (Middle Kingdom)

Such a sad thing, this dead guy stuck in a box for the rest of time with nothing to do. He’s not stretched flat on his back, in state, as it were. What accentuates the presentation of this figure’s vulnerability … Continue reading

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Talmud? Feminism? Materialism? Affect?  (Talk at University of Toronto)

I’m making baby steps, so just in case I ended up botching it, I didn’t announce here at the blog or on FB this talk at the Anne Tannebaum Centre for Jewish Studies University of Toronto with the semi-okay title … Continue reading

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Shrouded Royal Figure, Standing (Ancient Egypt, Middle Kingdom)

I can’t call this one any better than the description of this “fully alive body”  online here at the Met.  I would only mention the modest power with which the now headless sandstone figure holds itself. I would also say something about the … Continue reading

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(Conference) Levinas, Law and Literature (Antwerp) January 20-22)

Messianism and poetry, philosophical aesthetics and literary Judaism,  ethics and ontogenesis, Bible and Talmud, gender and politics. You can find here a description of and the program for what looks like an excellent conference at the Institute of Jewish Studies … Continue reading

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Skeptic (4 + 1 Questions About Bernie Sanders & the Nation’s Endorsement)

Each in their own way (and this according to the Nation), Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump represent charismatic politics. Having tapped a strong populist core and now that he is being taken seriously as a national candidate, here are some … Continue reading

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Nicked Neck & Figural Decomposition (Ancient Egyptian Middle Kingdom Sculpture)

An image is a thin thing. In low or bas-relief, the painted figure extends just above the surface over which it appears to hew. Providing the appearance of depth, the passage of time disturbs the perfect look of this ancient Egyptian … Continue reading

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Glass, Stone & the Space in Between at St John The Divine Construction Site

Along the north wall of St. John the Divine, construction of the new residential towers proceeds apace. The old stone cathedral look is brought up close into the modern glass construction. With a lot of landscaping, this thing might turn … Continue reading

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With No Other End in Sight (Towards One State in Israel & Palestine)

Towards annexation and a 1 State Solution? Forget Zionism, it’s just Realpolitik? I’m recommending this remarkable reporting, which you can read here, from refugee camps in occupied West Bank. Ignore all the photographs that accompany the story. The photographs are … Continue reading

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Jewish Studies in the Public Sphere (Jewish Philosophy Place at HuffPost Religion)

Will I continue to expose myself shamelessly in public? Apparently, I’m now blogging at HuffPost Religion. But I’m not actually moving. The idea is to cross-post content from here that might appeal to a more general readership over there. Looking … Continue reading

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