Monthly Archives: October 2019

Peoplehood & Power (Hertz Commentary to Numbers)

Way behind blogging the 1936 iconic Hertz commentary, here is my quick distillation of key points of interest in the Hertz commentary to the book of Numbers, which is largely uninteresting. I don’t know if this distillation is unique to … Continue reading

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Socialist Wordmills (Henri Lefebvre)

This from French Marxist Henri Lefebvre, a philosopher and theorist of social space from the 1970s, caught my eye, thinking about Democratic Socialism in America and left-progressive politics, bunched up as they are along the coasts in special enclaves, and … Continue reading

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(Antique Foodways) Idle Talk (Ecclesiastes Rabbah)

“All things toil to weariness, [a person] cannot utter it” (Eccles. 1;8). Idle talk wearies [a person]: “The partridge today is pickled with garlic.” The side of the [animal] is like lead.””Cut thin slices.” “Roasted with mustard.” “Portions which deserve … Continue reading

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Quarrel Between Ancients and Moderns (Strauss and Fellini)

If I were writing a book about Leo Strauss, I’d use this movie still from Satyricon as a cover image to get at the quarrel or non-quarrel between the ancient and moderns. But for all intents and purposes, Fellini did … Continue reading

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(Social Space) Sukkot (Henri Lefebvre)

“If indeed every society produces a space, its own space, this will have other consequences…Any ‘social existence’ aspiring or claiming to be ‘real’, but failing to produce its own space, would be a strange entity, a peculiar kind of abstraction … Continue reading

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(Lachrymose) Yom Kippur (Target)

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(Rabbi Akiva) Gemar Tov (Clean Water)

Rabbi Akiva said: Happy are you, Israel! Who is it before whom you become pure? And who is it that purifies you? Your Father who is in heaven, as it is said: “And I will sprinkle clean water upon you … Continue reading

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