Monthly Archives: May 2017

(Levantine) Aesthetic Judaism (Lucette Lagnado)

Memoir is an unusually interesting genre for the study of modern religion and modern Judaism. Casting about for material that would expand the contours of my mid-level class last semester (spring 2017) on American Judaism I finally got around to … Continue reading

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Between Right and Left (Amos Oz at Israel Ha’Yom)

An interesting interview by Dror Eydar at the rightwing Israel Ha’Yom newspaper with Amos Oz. Part one is here and part two is here.  Topics included are self-determination, national identity, Hegel and the cunning of history, zealotry. The basic line … Continue reading

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Doonesbury Déjà vu

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Donald (of Arabia)

Without exception colorful, the pictures from the Trump visit to Saudi Arabia were exceptionally exotic. The image was one part arms bazaar, one part catwalk, and one part performance spectacle.

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Alan Mintz (z”l)

I want to remember here Alan Mintz as a leading contributor to the development of radical American Jewish youth culture in the 1970s and to lower case liberal American Judaism. A major figure in the study of Hebrew literature and … Continue reading

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Dancing Trees (Central Park)

Viewed from a distance the trees just stand there, not doing much. But a close zoom into and between the branches  allows you to see these stately creatures in Central Park undulating. Carefully cultivated by masters of arboreal arts, these … Continue reading

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Trump’s Islam Speech & Religious Studies

About Trump’s big speech on Islam to be delivered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, please pass this jewel from columnist Sarah Posner to Department chairs of Religious Studies and to their deans. “[E]xperts I spoke with today warned that this speech is … Continue reading

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