Monthly Archives: March 2016

Jesus, President Obama & Bernie: The Messianic, American Politics, and a Sense of Humor

Originally posted on Schlemiel Theory:
Writing on the apostate Jewish Messiah, Sabbatai Zevi, Gershom Scholem argued that there are two kinds of messianic ideas: one is restorative and the other is apocalyptic. The latter idea is, for Scholem, the most…

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Rat and Bear (Peter Fischli & David Weiss)

On view at their retrospective at the Guggenheim, Peter Fischl and  David Weiss’ film Least Resistance is a murder mystery that follows the antics of Rat and Bear, two louche art snobs out and about in Los Angeles.  

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CFP (Franz Rosenzweig Society) (Rome)

International Congress of the Franz Rosenzweig Gesellschaft – Call for Papers The conjunction “and” in Franz Rosenzweig’s work: I and the Other, philosophy and theology, time and redemption, Judaism and Christianity In his Introduction to Hermann Cohen’s Jüdische Schriften (Berlin, 1924) … Continue reading

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“Feel the Bird” – Birds, Saints, Rabbis, Animation, and Bernie

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During a recent Bernie Sanders rally in Portland, Oregon (March 25, 2016), the crowd went wild when a little bird appeared on his podium. Taken together, the images of the bird, a smiling Bernie Sanders,…

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Polin Museum Rising From the Rubble (Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett at Syracuse)

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is this year’s Rudolph Lecturer hosted by the Jewish Studies Program at Syracuse University.      

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Rowdy Shushan Purim Night (Brooklyn)

I was privileged to join up with the amazing musicians of the Neshomo Orchestra for their Shushan Purim gig at a very famous  Haredi high-school yeshiva in Brooklyn. The yeshiva builds a stadium pit with a long table along the entire … Continue reading

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Rowdy Life (Baroque Purim)

Marc Epstein describes this Esther scroll (probably German, ca. 1700) as a “folksy Baroque style.” Busy, crowded, full of life and charming architectural features, the illumination captures the rowdy urban milieu of the story. It’s a little like Where’s Waldo?. The … Continue reading

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