Monthly Archives: January 2021

Uncivil Religion (Haredi) (Coronavirus)

  Saving life, or pikuach nefesh, has nothing to with it. “Uncivil Religion,” in contrast to Civil Religion, is religion set apart from and, under crisis, against civil society and the larger social good against which it seeks to protect … Continue reading

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Nation­al Jew­ish Book Award Winners (2020)

  The National Jewish Book Awards are a significant snapshot of  mainstream American Jewish culture and book life. What it does, perhaps uniquely, is mix together across a broad spectrum of categories middle brow culture, including books for children, along … Continue reading

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Online Holocaust Memorialization Platforms & Post-Holocaust Culture

  Marking  the 2021 International Holocaust Remembrance Day, this article here at Haaretz by film, media scholars Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann and Tom Divon is about online Holocaust memorialization platforms and culture. With mainline memorialization institutions (museums and memorials) responding to the … Continue reading

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(Arendt) Fascist Insurrection & White Christian Nationalism (Trump)

Not wanting to overdo Arend’t famous excursus in Totalitarianism, it’s important to note that she draws a careful distinction between totalitarianism and fascism. And there’s something louche and laissez faire about the American fascism on display at the Capitol that … Continue reading

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(Birthday) JPP is 9 Years Old (2020)

JPP turned 9 years old this month. It being a birthday, I will not say anything about the end of 2020, an ugly and angry year of social isolation and psychic miasma after 5 fearful years of Trump –except to … Continue reading

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(Jewish) Prayer (Gentile Kings and Democratic Country)

  This 16th prayer, of Portuguese origin, Ha’Noten Teshua (He Who Gives Salvation) was then translated into English and presented by  Menasseh ben Israel to Oliver Cromwell in 1655. It became the template in traditional Jewish prayer and still appears … Continue reading

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Zachary Taylor (Trump Insurrection) (2021)

A bust of former President Zachary Taylor was defaced with a red substance that appeared to be blood.Credit…Jason Andrew for The New York Times

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“What is the Mishnah?” an International Zoom Workshop Sponsored by Harvard University

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 (All day) to Thursday, January 21, 2021 (All day) Location:  On Zoom Links to join the individual sessions are pasted below, please register in advance:  (after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the … Continue reading

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(Rashi) Translation At Sefaria (FYI)

In case anyone did not know and wanted to know, the Rashi commentary to the entire Hebrew Bible (Pentateuch + Prophets + Writings) is up translated at Sefaria. You can find it here. I’ve poked around a little here and … Continue reading

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