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(Modern Jewish Esotericism) Holocaust Parapsychology (Aaron Zeitlin)

Of enormous interest to readers of the phenomenology of religion, literature and Yiddish literature, the Holocaust and postwar Jewish culture in Israel and the United States, trauma and memory studies, the occult and esotericism, psychology and philosophy is this extraordinary … Continue reading

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(Abstraction) Extreme Illusionism and Detailed Rendering (Vija Celmins)

Getting back to work about my impressions about some exhibitions that have since come and gone, this one being Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory. Vija Celmins  (pronounced VEE-ya SELL-mins) is one of those artists, women, whose career … Continue reading

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An Icon of American Jewishness (Kirk Douglas at the Wall)

With those man-hands and that craggy face, Kirk Douglas in 1977 is an icon of American Jewishness, ancient and modern at the Western Wall in Jerusalem; secular and religious; performative and phallogocentric. (h/t Matthew Menachem Feuer)

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(Iconic Jewishness) David Sassoon (Mumbai)

Heschel speculates somewhere (I think in God in Search of Man) about what Judaism would have turned into or, let’s say, looked like if major Jewish communities had found themselves settled in India as opposed to Europe. Perhaps more iconic … Continue reading

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(Posthuman Catalogue) Jewish Art & Aesthetics of Judaism

Stepping back at the long arc of Jewish art in tandem with the history of Jewish thought gives to view a kind of cataloge. Included are black inky letters their script and configuration, rosettes and arabesques and other ornamental figures, … Continue reading

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(Digital Image & Object) Auschwitz Christmas Ornaments

About the Auschwitz Christmas ornaments on sale at Amazon, here’s an article at wired explaining what happened. These are digital products created by an algorithm which scooped up in a random way public domain images available on the internet. Ready … Continue reading

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Talmud & The Casuistic Style (Shlomo Deshen & the Jews of Morocco)

Working through 18th and 19th century halakhic sources (in this case, responsa) to get a bead on traditional Moroccan Jewish life prior to formal colonial period (prior to the establishment of the French protectorate in 1912), Shlomo Deshen said something … Continue reading

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(Relic) Amos Oz (Hand)

This photograph posted on Twitter by his daughter, Fania Oz-Salzberger, of Amos Oz’s  hand before, at, or just after the moment of his passing is both deeply touching and very odd. A frozen photographic image, it is not unlike a … Continue reading

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Stealing Baby Jesus & The Life of Christian Images (Spirit of Christmas)

Is this a trend? About this utterly bizarre story, this article in the New York Times which you can read here about the images of baby Jesus stolen from holiday crèches across small town America reminded me of The Lives … Continue reading

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Thought and Image (Deleuze Cinema)

I’m reading chapters 7-8 of Cinema 2 as a single, complete, and coherent unit that touch upon the image as a work of thought. There are 3 complex parts to these reflections in chapter 7. The endpoint is to theorize … Continue reading

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