Monthly Archives: May 2017

(Vital Forms) Art Swarms (East Harlem)

Some of the best art in New York City is  up around and about in East Harlem from two separate but I imagine closely related projects, the East Harlem Monument Art Project  (2015) (here) and Los Murals Hablan Project (here)  (2013). Their … Continue reading

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Love and Law- Rav Shagar on Religious Zionism 2005

Originally posted on The Book of Doctrines and Opinions::
One hundred years ago, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, the metaphysical seer of Religious Zionism wrote that the land of Israel is the very soul of the Jewish people. Judaism’s diaspora orientation …

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What Poetic about the Poets’ Walk (Bard College)

Up early for a Talmud and culture conference at Bard College a couple of weeks back on a drippy spring day, I pulled in to park at the nearby Poet’s Walk. It seemed like the right thing to do. The … Continue reading

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Israeli Settlements & International Law (Nathaniel Berman)

This piece by Nathaniel Berman picks apart the argument commonly used by the Jewish right to justify the legality of the settlement project in the occupied West Bank. Professor Berman  is the Rahel Varnhagen Professor of International Affairs, Law, and … Continue reading

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Free, Home (2nd Avenue)

I’ve seen a bit of public murals, but nothing this exceptional. Walking down 2nd Avenue the other month to check out the blue-chip art in the new 2nd Avenue subway line, about which I have mixed feelings, I stumbled first … Continue reading

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(CFP) Levinas, The Material, and Ethics

Levinas, the Material, and Ethics Levinas, the Material, and Ethics  North American Levinas Society 12th Annual International Conference Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL, USA July 24-27, 2017 deadline for submissions: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 Plenary Speakers:  Adriaan Peperzak, Loyola University … Continue reading

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Apartheid Jewish Nation State Law in Israel (Norms and Social Practice)

In a normal democratic state there is always a tension between norms and social practice, between the ideal of equality as a norm against the practice of social exclusion and discrimination. In a healthy democracy, society is determined in the … Continue reading

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Resurrection (Deleuze)

These comments about seed, life, the rational soul, death, animal soul, and resurrection caught my attention while reading Deleuze reading Leibniz. For the sake of clarity, I broke up what is a single paragraph into 2 parts. What catches the … Continue reading

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(Resurrection) Transhumanism (Steven Schwartzschild

Forget rationalism, moral radicalism, or “the political.” Messianism entails nothing if not a “philosophy of life,” the resurrection of the dead, the creation of New Man or Extreme Man.  Viewing it from this perspective, I suspect that the esoteric doctrine … Continue reading

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Messianism & Moral Radicalism (After the Holocaust) (Steven Schwarzschild)

Avoiding him for years, I knew that reading Steven Schwarzschild’s Pursuit of the Ideal was going to be for me an unpleasant professional chore. He wrote an important article about “Jewish aesthetics” that appears in the volume. But that was … Continue reading

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