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Kitsch and the American Jewish Novel

Last spring after a reading I had the opportunity to ask an important American Jewish writer about kitsch and the American Jewish writer, to which I received an inadequate response complemented later by an icy look-through-you as we passed each … Continue reading

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Alan Mintz (z”l)

I want to remember here Alan Mintz as a leading contributor to the development of radical American Jewish youth culture in the 1970s and to lower case liberal American Judaism. A major figure in the study of Hebrew literature and … Continue reading

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God’s Inside/The Line of A Poem: A Philosophical Commentary

Playing with the notion that the place of the gods and God is not outside in conventionally physical space, but inside language, inside the line of a poem. I wrote this little bit on theology and poetry, which appeared in … Continue reading

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(From Fiction To Fact) Philip Roth Beat Trump To The Punch

Lots of the author’s readers have noted the unsettling convergence. Philip Roth’s Plot Against America is a dystopian counter-history which chronicles the election of Charles Lindbergh to the U.S. presidency and his transformation of the country into a Nazi state. … Continue reading

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(Fact & Fiction) Donald Trump’s Plot Against America (REL/JSP 338) (American Judaism)

I was very grateful to an undegraduate student in my American Judaism class at Syracuse. It took some courage for him to confess before the entire group on the second class meeting that he was well into the fifteenth page or … 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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Conference CFP: “Levinas, Law and Literature” (Antwerp)

CFP: ‘Levinas, Law and Literature’, International Conference, January, 20–22, 2016, Antwerp, Belgium September 6, 2015 in Conferences Institute of Jewish Studies (University of Antwerp) Center for European Philosophy (University of Antwerp) January, 20–22, 2016, Antwerp Abstract submission deadline: 20/09/2015 One cannot … Continue reading

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