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(Violent Surge of Excellent Writing) Habakkuk (Shavuot)

Locked up tight in the liturgical reading of Scripture in the synagogue as the haftarah on the second day of Shavuot, the holiday of revelation, the manifestation of  God in the third chapter of Habbakuk signals total world disaster. In … Continue reading

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(Kiddush/Chillul Ha-Sehem) Jewish Respectability Ethics (Hertz Pentateuch)

A standout moment in the classic Hertz Pentateuch commentary from 1936, a fixture in the liberal synagogue for the better part of the 20th century, is the appeal to respectability, phrased in terms of kiddush Ha’Shem, the hallowing/sanctification of  God’s … Continue reading

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Jared Kushner Palestine Plan (Religion & Politics)

Watching amateur hour unravel in full public view, that the so-called Deal of the Century was cooked up by 3 rightwing modern orthodox Jews will have to be raised at some point. Of course, we’re playing with fire, which is … Continue reading

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Animals (Franz Marc & Martin Buber)

Yellow Cow This terrestrial surface is a physical place of noise and violence. Redemption is its metamorphosis. Franz Marc, who was killed at Verdun on the Western Front, was a tragic figure to those who memorialized him. Writing his obituary … Continue reading

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(Israel) Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes (Political Spectacle)

Here’s one arm, there’s the other arm of a dominant political beast. It’s like a bomb suddenly went off, shredding the political body of the Jewish right in Israel, an explosion that gives the lie to the notion that there are … Continue reading

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The State of Israel and Religion & State

An unmanageable quid pro quo, religion serving state and the state serving religion does not a pretty picture make.

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(Moshav Me’or Modi’im) Charismatic Spiritual Counter-Culture (Shaul Magid)

(photo credit: Shmuel Silver) I wish he had written a lot more about women, but this piece which you can read here by Shaul Magid is an important bit of spiritual memoir recounting the charismatic spiritual counter-culture of Moshav Mevo … Continue reading

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