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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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Cow Eye Animal Life (New York State Fair 2014)

The New York State Fair’s done and gone, but I’m sorting through some old pictures. I stopped at the cowshed for awhile. I like the mute, uncomprehending, and gentle look and the little nick right under the eye. The cows … Continue reading

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(Eco Theology) God Loves the Smell of Meat (Noah)

“I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” No longer righteous, or not mentioned as such, Noah builds after the floodwaters subside an altar to God. YHWH smelled the pleasing odor. That’s why he won’t doom the earth again … Continue reading

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