Tag Archives: Judaism

(Only the New Survives) Religion & Real Estate (New York)

Another in a long line of articles featuring the sad, unforgiving tensions between religion and real estate in a secular age. This one is a wrenching article here in NYT featuring the edifice of Shaare Zedek (dedicated in 1923 after … Continue reading

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(Deleuze & Guattari) Jews + Jews + Jews (Cynthia Baker)

A giddy dive into the elaboration of a concept, Cynthia Baker’s Jew will lend itself inevitably to two kinds of weak misreadings among many of its readers. The first possible misreading mirrors Foucault’s once provocative contention that “the homosexual” did … Continue reading

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Jew اليهودي

I’m going to write up some thoughts on Cynthia Baker’s Jew, but for now want to share this link to Simon Hopkins, “On the Words for “Jew(s) in Arabic,” Israel Oriental Studies XVII (1997), 11-27. I do so in order to push … Continue reading

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(Levantine) Aesthetic Judaism (Lucette Lagnado)

Memoir is an unusually interesting genre for the study of modern religion and modern Judaism. Casting about for material that would expand the contours of my mid-level class last semester (spring 2017) on American Judaism I finally got around to … Continue reading

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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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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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