Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Sweater Party (AJS 2016)

  Mixing scholars at their most incredible best, young and old, there is no more important body of the Association for Jewish Studies than that feminist institution –The Sweater Party. This year, as if at some kabbalistic site, they’re holding … Continue reading

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Petition Opposing Trump Choice for Ambassador to Israel

Please consider signing this New Israel Fund petition, which you can find here, against David Friedman as Trump’s very bad choice for Ambassador to Israel. When you fill out the information, a copy goes to your Senator who will be … Continue reading

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(Simulated) Trump Food (Vanity Fair)

Not a single thing looks even remotely appetizing. The pictures really matter from Tina Nguyen’s review of the Trump Grille that appeared in Vanity Fair, which you should read and can find here, no doubt intended as an allegory. This … Continue reading

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Syria (The End)

As Russian and Iranian-Hezbollah  backed Syria regime forces finish off the rebellion against a dictator, all we do is watch the slaughter as it unfolds towards the end. Michael Kimmelman posts these very powerful images and video and so-so reflections … Continue reading

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Virtue Ethics & Aesthetic Subordination (Jonathan Schofer)(Avot de Rabbi Natan)

  Jonathan Schofer is without doubt among the most insightful and sensitive theorists writing about Jewish ethics mixing perspectives drawn from rabbinic source material and contemporary philosophy. His starting point is character or virtue ethics. The Making of A Sage: … Continue reading

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Jewish Studies Post-Election: What Now and What Does the Future Hold? (AJS 2016)

Organized by David Biale and others, these are two sessions on Trump and the state of Jewish politics (and Jewish Studies in the Age of Trump) at the upcoming Association for Jewish Studies conference AJS Post-Election Sessions Jewish Studies Post-Election: … Continue reading

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Jewish Political Thought “Beyond Borders” Workshop (Katz Center)

Jewish Political Thought beyond Borders Discussions of Jewish politics today all too often become discussions of borders. This day-long workshop will resist this temptation, finding, interrogating, and fostering Jewish political thought where it crosses boundaries—whether spatial, temporal, or disciplinary. It seeks to highlight new resources and modes in political thought that escape, erode, … Continue reading

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