Tag Archives: Judaism

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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(Conference) Levinas, Law and Literature (Antwerp) January 20-22)

Messianism and poetry, philosophical aesthetics and literary Judaism,  ethics and ontogenesis, Bible and Talmud, gender and politics. You can find here a description of and the program for what looks like an excellent conference at the Institute of Jewish Studies … Continue reading

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Two Israeli Caricatures (Kova Tembel)

Cultures create caricatures. Here’s one from Israel, and here’s another one, representing two distinct generations, two distinct ideological and ideologically committed forms and figures, one clearly secular, the other clearly religious. The latter threatens to cannibalize the former. Created in … Continue reading

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Radical Religious Jewish Terrorism (Jewish Dance)

The recent youtube clip of radical rightwing Jewish settler youth celebrating the slaughter of the Dawabsha family in the West Bank of Duma has shocked much if not most of the entire political and religious establishment, especially the rightwing who have … Continue reading

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