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Paris, Peace, and War (Psalm 120)

Today’s Torah reading in the synagogue was parshat Toldot from Genesis.  It’s theme was enmity. It includes the shepherd war between Isaac and the Philistines of Gerar alongside the more famous enmity between Jacob and Esau. Instead of prayers for … Continue reading

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Charlie Hebdo at Immanent Frame

There’s No love for Charlie Hebdo over at Immanent Frame –or any much mention of the 4 Jews murdered at Hyper Cacher. This “off the cuff” short responses to the massacre represent a strange apologetic for religion. You can read it … Continue reading

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Holocaust Denial & Charlie Hebdo

I’m glad we don’t have them in the United States, only to add that laws against Holocaust-denial are being used as a nasty wedge in current debates re: the depiction of the Prophet at Charlie Hebdo. The argument is why … Continue reading

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That is Not a Pipe & This is Not Muhammed

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Paris Park, Prison, Mosque — Why Does This Country Create Monsters?

Michel Foucault, of course, wrote about hospitals and prisons. This article, which you can read here in the NYT, describes the so-called Buttes-Chaumont group at the center of the current-recent mayhem in Paris. Plotting out local and international networks, the article reads like … Continue reading

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10,000 Soldiers 600,000 French Jews

According to the NYT this morning, which you can read here,  the French government is committing 10,000 soldiers to protect Jewish and other “sensitive” sites. A welcome gesture to be sure, but what does it mean to say about the … Continue reading

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