Tag Archives: Kabbalah-Hasidut

Light Space (Proclus)

“Thus Proclus’s idea of a preternatural ‘light above the Empyrean’ enables us to draw on the panoply of properties of a natural phenomenon such as light whole not enclosing ourselves in a straitjacket of a reductive physics. The immateriality of … Continue reading

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A Woman’s Voice & Nocturnal Judaism (Victoria Hannah)

Victoria Hanna performed a piece at the Text Unbound: (Re-)Imagining the Talmud workshop at Bard College organized by Shai Secunda. Some of the performance was taken from Ani Yeshena (I Sleep), drawn from Song of Songs, which you can find … Continue reading

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(Poland) Kahal & Kabbalah (Ashkenaz)

Salo Baron makes a brief appearance in Gershon Hundert’s excellent historical study, Jews in Poland-Lithuania in the Eighteenth Century: A Genealogy of Modernity. Following Baron’s lead, Hundert’s thesis runs against the lachrymose versions of Jewish historiography as regards “the ghetto.” … Continue reading

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(Leviticus 11) Kashrus (Hertz Pentateuch)

The discussion about the dietary laws in the Hertz Pentateuch commentary has a few interesting things about it. There is the sociological assertion that kashrut has proved historically to be “an important factor in the preservation of the Jewish race.” … Continue reading

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(Hasidism) A Political Community? A Religious Community?

Thinking about the importance of politics and the figure of community in Spinoza and Mendelssohn, and thinking out loud about Hasidism. Asking you the reader if you think the various groups of hasidim forming around the baalei-shem in the 18th … Continue reading

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(Doubts) Ashkenaz & Philosophy

Continuing to go out on a limb and meant to pick up a challenge posed by colleague-friends about the need for Modern Jewish Studies and Jewish Philosophy and Thought to take into account the life and thought world of Eastern … Continue reading

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Night of the Cabbalist (Tim Gidal) (1935)

Yes, you can stage photograph the spiritual in art. Found the image on Twitter and then tracked the reference to the Jewish Museum where i found these details. About Tim Gidal, you can find here his Wikipage: Tim N. Gidal … Continue reading

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