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Donald (of Arabia)

Without exception colorful, the pictures from the Trump visit to Saudi Arabia were exceptionally exotic. The image was one part arms bazaar, one part catwalk, and one part performance spectacle.

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Alan Mintz (z”l)

I want to remember here Alan Mintz as a leading contributor to the development of radical American Jewish youth culture in the 1970s and to lower case liberal American Judaism. A major figure in the study of Hebrew literature and … Continue reading

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Dancing Trees (Central Park)

Viewed from a distance the trees just stand there, not doing much. But a close zoom into and between the branches ¬†allows you to see these stately creatures in Central Park undulating. Carefully cultivated by masters of arboreal arts, these … Continue reading

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Trump’s Islam Speech & Religious Studies

About Trump’s big speech on Islam to be delivered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, please pass this jewel from columnist Sarah Posner to Department chairs of Religious Studies and to their deans.¬†“[E]xperts I spoke with today warned that this speech is … Continue reading

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(Body) Maimonides & Dance (Epistle to Yemen)

In the 12th century, Shia forces in Yemen rebelling against Saladin conducted a persecution of the Jewish community. Originally written in Arabic, Maimonides Epistle to Yemen addressed the contemporary challenge of forced apostasy, heresy, and messianic claims. What caught my … Continue reading

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Literary Walk (Central Park)

Those would be Sir Walter Scot, Robert Burns, and Fitz Greene Hallek. I’ve never paid them much mind. But I got caught in the view of the trees and had some time to kill on my way towards an appointment … Continue reading

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A Fascist Impulse in Religious Zionism (Tomer Persico)

Has Meir Kahane captured the mainstream, the heart and soul, of Religious Zionism? Back in the day, an expression such as this would have come from the outside fringe, not from the inside represented here by a member of a … Continue reading

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