Monthly Archives: October 2022

(Mishnah) Corpse Defilement (Happy Halloween)

The rabbis’ task in their reconstruction of the biblical laws of corpse impurity is to determine at which point a dead body in its fragmented and ruined state is still a “corpse” that can convey impurity, and at which point … Continue reading

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(Pile) Autumn (Bridge)

This bridge pile supports a part of the overpass of the West Side Highway. It pile blocks, and frames the tree in the park (Riverside Park South) that now surrounds it.

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(Simulacrum) Autumn (New York City)

(Waterline Square Park)

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Stop American Nazis & Vote Democrat

As reported here, this add by the Jewish Democratic Council of America minces no words about threats to democracy and the upcoming 2022 midterm elections. I’m posting an article here by Arno Rosenfeld who provides some backdrop to this ad. … Continue reading

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The Elder of Ziyon, Jewish Studies, & Me

“Elder of Ziyon” is the nom de web of a rightwing activist. He’s including here yours truly in this piece about [1] real and imagined anti-Zionsts in Jewish Studies, [2] rightwing religious Zionists and provocative prayer in East Jeruslem and on the Temple Mount. He … Continue reading

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(Red Line) Liberal Jewish BDS (On the Cusp)

The Religious Zionism party in Israel is an anti-democratic National-Judaism-Religious-Zionism hybrid. It is dangerous and racist. Jews in the diaspora will have to figure out how to respond if they are brought into a governing coalition led by Netanyahu and … Continue reading

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(Before It’s Too Late) (Trump)

h/t @DanielSeidemann God studied Torah to self-medicate God’s divine loneliness, but then light emerged and God was no longer alone. And God said “I no longer feel like wild and waste, a void.” And God beheld the Other. And God … Continue reading

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Sukkot Israel 1957

h/t @hungrychipmunk

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High Holidays (Sefas Emes)

[sukka in very bright light, generated at DALL-E] The commentaries in the Sefas Emes to the High Holidays comprise different component parts in a single composition. They are the last major word of the fifth and final volume of the … Continue reading

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Superman Gemar Tov

h/t @DavidWolkenfeld  

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