Monthly Archives: May 2016

Irano-Jewish Hebrew Illumination (Shanameh)

Not your Ashkenazi book illumination, these Iranian Jewish book illuminations are identified as mid- to late 17th century. Full of violence, they transpose the Jewish narrative takes shape as if drawn from the Shanameh (Book of Kings)  the classic and … Continue reading

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Get ‘Em Outa Here (Trump)

Donald Trump voice-overs with footage of anti-black violence during Civil Rights era sit-ins. The creator of this short visceral clip, Marianne DeMarco is a genius. It first appeared at Mother Jones. Watch the whole thing:

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Not a Rabbi (I Try to Explain)(Jewish Studies)

The editors at the Bulletin for the Study of Religion were nice to include me in their series, “So You’re Not a Priest, Scholars Try to Explain…To Others” about academic scholars of Religion. You can read my post here. Not a … Continue reading

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Illuminated Hebrew Nudes

I never seen this kind of thing before, the nude in illuminated Hebrew manuscripts. The first is from a Scroll of Esther, probably German, ca. 1700. It is suggested that these are either allegorical figures or allude to Ahashverosh’s selection … Continue reading

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Lag Ba’Omer (Conflagration)

Fire is a critical ritual marker in Judaism. On the combustible nature of religion,  you can read here about Lag Ba’Omer forest fires in Jerusalem. There are more pictures here. Sometimes ritual gets out of hand. You just need to know … Continue reading

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Benjamin Brown on Halakhic Labor Law: Statist or Democratic?

Originally posted on The Book of Doctrines and Opinions::
One of my favorite articles by Prof. Benjamin Brown of Hebrew University has recently been translated and revised. It was first given in 2006 and here it is online a decade…

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Glass and Stone (New Ways Alongside Around St John the Divine)

I’ve been tracking this project since they broke ground. With people moving in, the new real estate alongside the north wall of St John the Divine proceeds apace. It looks like the space is about to open up in a … Continue reading

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