Monthly Archives: August 2018

Hunger Art (Chaim Soutine)

“Still Life with Herring” sounds like a Jewish spoof on the French fine art tradition. From the same milieu of Russian Jews in Paris, Chaim Soutine is the anti-Chagall. There is nothing dreamy about his work. There is no lift … Continue reading

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The New New Jewish Left

You can read here an interesting article on the New New Jewish Left that will be familiar to those of us who grew up in or close to the New Jewish Left in the late 1960s. The author of the … Continue reading

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Isaac Nahman Steinberg’s My Socialist Ani Maamin “Mayne Socialistisher Ani Ma’amin.”

Originally posted on The Book of Doctrines and Opinions::
In 1917, Isaac Nahman Steinberg, a representative of the Socialist-Revolutionary party joined the coalition socialist government and was appointed by Lenin as the commissar of justice. Steinberg once derailed a council…

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(Job) Assistant Professor Contemporary Judaism (Syracuse)

Assistant Professor- Contemporary Judaism Institution: Syracuse University Location: Syracuse, NY Category: Faculty – Liberal Arts – Religious Studies and Theology Posted: 08/14/2018 Application Due: Open Until Filled Type: Full Time Job #: 074022 Location: Syracuse, NY Pay Range: Commensurate with experience FLSA Status: Exempt … Continue reading

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American Jewish Social-Racial Contract (Letter From The Jews of Rhode Island to George Washington) Not About Religious Tolerance

What kind of people were the Sephardic Jews of colonial Rhode Island and the first decades of the American Republic? And what kind of social contract was it that they enacted in the famous exchange of letters with George Washington … Continue reading

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Colonial & Antebellum Architecture and Historical Memory (Slavery in Newport, Rhode Island)

At its height, some 60% of the American slave trade went out of Newport, Rhode Island, underscoring the argument that American freedom and American slavery are deeply imbricated.  In New York City, it is easy to forget and not to … Continue reading

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Wild Precarious Life (Cecilia Vicuña)

This recent show of paintings, sculptural works, and installation by Cecilia Vicuña conjures together feminist cosmologies of raw and dyed wooliness, wild animal figures, and the drift of precarious forms. The painted figures are seers. Protective, they represent resistant political forces of … Continue reading

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