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Animal Shabbat (Laszlo)

Over time, Laszlo has learned to expect challah when he hears the blessings over candles and wine. Highly conscious, he makes a definite physical approach towards those around the table in what can only be described as a focused state of … Continue reading

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East River Ducklings

Floating life on the East River on a sunny day in April.

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Material Culture, Animal Culture (Books Made from Vellum)

They used to make high end books out of vellum, described as “the semi-transparent inner membrane of calf skin,” or the even finer uterine vellum, that membrane taken from the skin of embryonic or still-born calves. Marc Epstein tells is … Continue reading

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Metamorphoses & Trans-Human Becomings (Rosi Braidotti)

Reading Rosi Braidotti sometimes feels like reading comic books, or science-fiction. Metamorphoses: Towards a Materialist Theory of Becoming is no exception.  The book is like a dare. Throughout the course of western culture and into our own popular culture, the … Continue reading

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Great Colonial Fruit Bat

Great Indian Fruit Bat, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he actually points you down a set of stairs. Attributed to Bhawani Das. As described formally by the Mt curators, it’s geography is Calcutta, India, it’s culture as Colonial British. … Continue reading

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(Moshe Chayyim Luzzatto) Anthroposophy (The Way of God)

For years on the ten days between Rosh Ha’Shanah and Yom Kippur, I read Moshe Chayyim Luzzatos’ classic ethical treatise, Path of the Just (Mesilat Ha’Yesharim). This year I picked up the Hebrew-English edition of The Way of God (Derekh … Continue reading

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The Adam and Animate Life (Genesis 1-2)

(Hideo Yamamoto) More well known is that Adam has the same root as earth or dirt (adama). God breathes breath-soul of life (nishmat chayyim) into the Adam, turning this thing into a “nefesh chaya.” The 1985 JPS translation translates this term as “living … Continue reading

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