Tag Archives: Buber and Rosenzweig

German (Jewish) (Auto) Orientalism

I raced through and like a lot German Orientalism in the Age of Empire: Religion, Race, and Scholarship by Suzanne Marchand. I did so while getting thoughts together about Franz Rosenzweig, in particular, and the history of German Jewish philosophical orientalism, more … Continue reading

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Martin Buber (Haus) (Heppenheim)

Martin Buber lived in this cute little house in Heppenheim, Germany. The neighborhood must have looked very different back then, in the 1920s. Maybe the house itself was more banged up, not maintained as well. But I like the spatial … Continue reading

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Modernist Hasidim (Martin Buber & Leonard Baskin)

  I love these black ink drawings by Leonard Baskin gracing the white or cream cover of the first paperback editions of Buber’s Tales of the Hasidim: Early Masters and Tales of the Hasidim: Later Masters. Perfectly handsome volumes, they tells us … Continue reading

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China (Meta-Logical World) (Franz Rosenzweig)

Driving home through Deleware Gap last week, I pulled over to take these pictures. For some reason, the photos that I shoot there always end up looking like a Chinese landscape. It’s probably the image of a craggy gorge standing … Continue reading

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Dark Star (Another Star of Redemption Pictograph)

Here’s another Star of Redemption pictograph. I started doing these years ago in order to give my students and myself a graphic orientation to the complex constitutional make-up of Rosenzweig’s multi-part system. This one must have been an early one, … Continue reading

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Star of Redemption (Pictograph)

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The Spiritual in Art = The Shape of Revelation (Vasily Kandinsky: From Blaue Reiter to the Bauhaus, 1910-1925 (Neue Galerie)

If you want to know what “the shape of revelation” or “the spiritual in art” looks like, go to New York’s Neue Galerie, Ronald Lauder’s little pocket museum devoted to German and Austrian modernism in the visual arts.  It’s a … Continue reading

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My Banal Yom Kippur (100 Years After Franz Rosenzweig)

Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky at Ansche Chesed reminded all of us in the kahal yesterday that this Yom Kippur, 2013, was the 100th year anniversary of the legendary visit of Franz Rosenzweig to a synagogue in Berlin. It was from there … Continue reading

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Machine Human Velocities (New York State Fair, 2013)

The Midway at the New York State Fair is an endlessly fascinating spectacle. Machine driven human brains and bodies ensconsed in steel hurtling in fast, noisy circles through a space of bright flashing color lights framed by the sky. Only … Continue reading

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The Star of Redemption (New York State Fair) (Ferris Wheel)

Franz Rosenzweig thought that “the star of redemption” looks like a human face. But I think it looks like a ferris wheel: a pod for human habitation spinning in circles around in the dark, powered by the artificially constructed and … Continue reading

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