Monthly Archives: January 2017

Jesus & Donald (Trump)

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Unhappiness (Melania and Donald)

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(Empty Mall) Inauguration of Donald Trump

Imagine you threw an inuguration and no one came. The public sphere is empty. The more I look at these pictures, the more frightened I get. Zombie Apocalypse?

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(Fact & Fiction) Donald Trump’s Plot Against America (REL/JSP 338) (American Judaism)

I was very grateful to an undegraduate student in my American Judaism class at Syracuse. It took some courage for him to confess before the entire group on the second class meeting that he was well into the fifteenth page or … Continue reading

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(My Working Will Be the Work) Maintenance Art and the Messianic (Mierle Laderman Ukeles)

As it turns out, Jewish ritual, the idea of the holy, informs much of this artist’s work and her thought. They cut against the grain of “messianism” in ways that are at once profound and ordinary. My introduction to her … Continue reading

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Judaism is Not A Messianic Religion (Jacob Neusner)

Jacob Neusner’s Messiah in Context: Israel’s History and Destiny in Formative Judaism should sheds a lot of critical light on the question of messianism that should be of cutting interest to anyone who works in the fields of modern Jewish … Continue reading

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(Donald Trump Mug) Amazon (Andreas Gursky)

Buried and lost somewhere in Amazon (2016), a digitally constructed photograph by Andreas Gursky, there’s this Trump for President mug. In the photograph, it’s just one piece of junk in the detritus of our political life, now thrust front and … Continue reading

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Gargoyles (Riverside Church)

These gargoyles are way up the tower of Riverside Church, facing south. They are very hard to see with the naked eye. The one way at the top has what seems to have a racially defined modernist African look, in … Continue reading

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Trump Moscow Golden Shower (The Political)

I don’t know if this is fake news, but am posting anyway from Twitter. Needled by a friend on FB, I’ll respond by saying that it takes “the political” into a new and heretofore unexplored intersection with “spectacle” and “smut.” … Continue reading

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(Birthday) 5 Years Old Jewish Philosophy Place

Jewish Philosophy Place has just recently turned 5 years old. Last year for birthday 4, I wrote, “In the final year of the Obama Age, JPP is world-weary waiting for the next shoe to drop, the next war, the next … Continue reading

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