Tag Archives: Judaism

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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Haredi Transgender (Abby Stein)

In the depressing and dreary state of our political world in the Age of Trump, this is touching and lovely story about the power of transformation and self-creation is life affirming. For those who can’t get behind the Ha’aretz paywall … Continue reading

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Judaism and Jewish Renewal in Israel (Alan Brill Interviews Tomer Perisco)

Worth a good look, Alan Brill interviews Tomer Persico –primarily about Judaism, Jewish renewal, democracy, secularism and post-secularism, spiritual cosmopolitanism, and religious ethno-nationalism in Israel. The interview includes a discussion of Tomer’s new book, in Hebrew, about the history of … 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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Illuminated Hebrew Nudes

I never seen this kind of thing before, the nude in illuminated Hebrew manuscripts. The first is from a Scroll of Esther, probably German, ca. 1700. It is suggested that these are either allegorical figures or allude to Ahashverosh’s selection … Continue reading

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Lag Ba’Omer (Conflagration)

Fire is a critical ritual marker in Judaism. On the combustible nature of religion,  you can read here about Lag Ba’Omer forest fires in Jerusalem. There are more pictures here. Sometimes ritual gets out of hand. You just need to know … 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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