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The Place of Religion in Film (Islam & Judaism) (Conference Notes)

Here are some quick notes from the recent Place of Religion in Film conference at Syracuse, organized by my friend and colleague Gail Hamner. What caught my attention was the prominence of Jews and Muslims, especially in relation to gender, in … Continue reading

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Muslim Refugees & Immigrants In The Synagogue ( A Note From The Liberal Pew)

Expressing deep shame about the Trump administration’s recent executive decision, yesterday at congregation Ansche Chesed in New York the rabbi voiced strong support of refugees and immigrants from Muslim countries. The expression of this kind of solidarity has a particular … Continue reading

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Junction 48 (Tamer Nafar)

Went to the JCC on the Upper West Side to see Junction 48, an Israeli Palestinian film co-written by Tamer Nafar and Oren Moverman and directed by Udi Aloni. At turns biting and sentimental, the movie is a biting and … Continue reading

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Flying Carpets (Nadia Kaabi-Linke)

You can look at it from across the room or directly from underneath it. Nadia Kaabi-Linke’s Flying Carpet was a standout at the exhibition of art from the Arab world at the Guggenheim. The frame is made of aluminum, but … Continue reading

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Arabs & Modern Jewish Ethics

If “Jewish ethics” is a relatively new and separate discourse formation in Jewish intellectual history, we might want to locate its inception in the 1970s. I have already suggested that Modern Jewish Ethics: Theory and Practice, edited by Marvin Fox, … Continue reading

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Mizrachi Jewish Israeli Arab (Biton Committee)

I was unsure what to make of it when this largely unnoticed story broke about the Biton Committee Report advocating the teaching of Mizrachi culture in the Israeli educational system. In lieu of my own analysis, here’s the opinion piece … Continue reading

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(Radical) Muhammad Ali (Funeral)

Listening to the funeral of Muhammad Ali on NPR. Demonstrating something about the power of liturgy, the spirit is personal, religious, and political. Is this a watershed event?  Personal memories about courage and compassion collide with histories –Jim Crow and … Continue reading

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Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Islamic art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is now organized under the more sprawling rubric, Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia. As Holland Cotter wrote here when he reviewed the newly remodeled … Continue reading

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Christianity, Islam, and Judaism at Ansche Chesed (Mary Boys & Abdullah Antepli)

With an open heart and critical eye, the future of liberal Judaism is interfaith, especially between Jews and Muslims, and Christians, especially between Jews and Muslims. That’s what’s important, and difficult. A big crowd came out this past Shabbat at … Continue reading

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(Event) Christian-Muslim-Jewish (Ansche Chesed) (Feb 19-20)

Hey New Yorkers, there’s a big event with Mary Boys and Abdullah Antepli at Ansche Chesed about Christian, Jewish, and Muslim interfaith learning and common community building. If liberal religion has a future, this is going to be a part of … Continue reading

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