Monthly Archives: July 2018

Incoherent Rabbinic Political Theory (Jacob Neusner)

A brilliant hot mess of illuminating brilliance, Jacob Neusner’s Rabbinic Political Theory: Religion and Politics in the Mishnah is a must read for readers of Jewish philosophy interested in politics, even as it will inevitably disappoint anyone actually interested in … Continue reading

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Toilet Flapper

This is a “toilet flapper.” It is the name for a real thing. Like any name, it can be used in sentences.  “I had to purchase a new toilet flapper.” I went to the hardware store to purchase a universal … Continue reading

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Placing Memory (Gal Cohen & Zac Hacmon)

Some photos of paintings by Gal Cohen and sculpture by Zac Hacmon from their recent and thoughtful two-person show downtown on the Lower East, Placing Memory. With Hadera, Israel as their critical touchstone, the paintings explore the evisceration of the … Continue reading

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Posthuman (Michal Rovner) Evolution

Michal Rover’s latest show at Pace, Evolution, is hardcore posthuman. Viewed from the chilly distance of a desert, the human is seen reproduced and submerged in a collective mass of de-realized figures on the move going nowhere, submerged in technology, across … Continue reading

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(Synthesis of Intuitions) Philosophy Art Race Religion (Adrian Piper)

A series of black and white photographs, Food for the Spirit (1971) documents the artist and philosopher Adrian Piper, holed up and isolated at home, having thrown herself one summer into a close reading of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason.  … Continue reading

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The Jewish Republic of Israel (Ethno-Nation State Law)

Everyone knows that Israel is the Jewish State. About that there was no serious doubt if by Jewish state one means a country with a Jewish majority culture. But is it a democracy? Is it now, formally, a racist, ethno-national … Continue reading

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Planet Satmar (Long Walk Through Williamsburg)

I had time to kill the other week down by E. 23rd Street on the East River and decided to check out Williamsburg. I’ve never been, except for a quick drive through once. I got back on the FDR heading … Continue reading

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