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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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Rosh Ha-Shanah Reminder (New York State Fair 2015)

Horn, wool, and snout — the New York State Fair’s finally over, but with the New Year around the corner, it was hard to resist this little reminder about Judaism, animal religion, and the sound of repentance.

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Livestock (New York State Fair 2015)

While I understand that many will disagree with great and justified criticism, I’ll contend that there is a gentle qualia to this brutal business that we call the American food industry on show at the New York State Fair. The … Continue reading

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Hanukkah Elephants

Strange objects, a Hanukkah elephant.  

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נהיה לראשׁ ולא לזנב (Rosh Hashana Fish Head Blessing)

“May we be like the head and not the tail.” Like many customs and tradition, eating a fish head to mark the new year, is both delicious and disgusting. Before they are moral, these kinds of tradition are gustatory, or … Continue reading

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Horses (State Fair 2014)

As they always are, the horse competitions at the New York State Fair were full of quiet, physical grace.

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