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Monstrous Talmud & Christian Simulacra (Peter The Venerable)

Abbot of the Benedictine abbey of Cluny, Peter the Venerable (1092-1156) was a master hermeneut. He is generally recognized as one of the great Christian thinkers of the High Middle Ages. Also recognized is how he marks a new Church … Continue reading

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The Hasidic Seder Plate is an Objet de Fantasie

I’ll post more later from Batsheva Goldman-Ida’s Hasidic Art and Kabbalah, but I want to share these three pictures in particular for the Passover holiday. In part, I’m choosing these three photographs because they are themselves rather remarkable. The photographs by … Continue reading

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(Franz Marc) Fox (Holocaust)

Thinking about Laura Levitt’s The Objects That Remain after seeing this news article here about the return of this lost property. It’s an amazing painting by German expressionist artist Franz Marc. The legal details are a little complicated and of … Continue reading

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(One Little Goat) Chad Gadya (El Lissitzy)

The 1919 Chad Gadya of El Lissitzky is a violent masterpiece that reveals, uniquely and as if once and for all, the brutal visual core at the Jewish world of this dark Passover classic, sung to this day in Aramaic, … Continue reading

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(Un/Civil Religion) The U.S. Capitol Is An Animal Being

I’m probably imagining it, but since the January 6 insurrection when I look at still photos of the building, the material object that is the Capitol looks to me like a living creature, like some kind of animated object, an … Continue reading

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Persian Fallow Deer (Biblical)

This from an article in the Jerusalem Post, “Persian fallow deer once thrived in Israel and were mentioned in the Bible. Known as Dama dama mesopotamica in Latin or Yahmor Parsi in Hebrew, it is believed to be the roebuck mentioned in the … Continue reading

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(Teaching) Anti-Semitism (I Don’t Want To)

Pure poison, I do not want to have to teach a course on Anti-Semitism in order for Jewish Studies to be relevant in the current climate enveloping American universities. And why us? With all due and genuine respect to colleagues … Continue reading

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(Talmud & Art) Cats at Seder Behold I Bite the Mouse (Illuminated Haggadah)

Pesach is almost done with this year but I wanted to share with my Talmud, art, and animal friends this charming little post from the amazing blogsite here at the Bodleian. These medieval illuminated images from the Haggadah are the … Continue reading

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(Coronavirus) Modern Jackals in the City (Tel Aviv)

These beautiful pictures and more here at Haaretz. As people shut themselves indoors due to the Coronavirus, jackals move into the urban place of Ha’Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv.

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Post-Human Future = Space Ape

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