Monthly Archives: April 2016

Closed for Passover

A high end eatery shuts down for the holiday. On a walk up Amsterdam Avenue during the intermediate days of Passover. The joint is not kosher per se. According to my sources, “the smoked fish is kosher, the family is … Continue reading

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(Symposium) Comics and Sacred Texts (Haverford College) (May 6, 2016)

Across religions, it’s state of the art. You can see the whole program here for this symposium at Haverford College on comics and sacred texts: The last decade has produced critical and expressive studies in sacred canonical texts and comics. … Continue reading

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JVP Haggadah (2015) & Freedom Seder (1969)

Hermetically sealed, the JVP Haggadah is a didactic counter-narrative transforming the traditional text into a statement for Palestinian national rights and liberation. As a political document, readers of contemporary haggadot will instantly recognize it as part of a continuum. Of much … Continue reading

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Marijuana Kosher for Passover

This from the Times of Israel: “Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, widely considered the leading living ultra-Orthodox halachic authority, ruled that marijuana is kosher for Passover and can be either eaten or smoked over the eight-day Jewish festival, during which strict dietary … Continue reading

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Crude Moralizing, Bernie Sanders, and the Politics of Israel

  About the politics of Israel, Bernie Sanders is showing himself to be incoherent. Already failing to coordinate ends and means, the candidate thinks he’s doing one thing only to undercut himself and the cause he sets out to represent. … Continue reading

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Anyone From Anywhere (Mural) (Harlem)

Walking east down E. 115 towards Pleasant Avenue. Wrapped around the corners of this building, the mural has a multi-panel effect.

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East River Ducklings

Floating life on the East River on a sunny day in April.

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