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Western Wall Fetish Object

Just a quick note on the Western Wall fiasco in the wake of Netanyahu’s suspending plans to create an egalitarian prayer space there. Parts of the Jewish left are claiming that the fight over access to the Western Wall, this … Continue reading

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(Canaanite Origins) Material Artifact (Ishba’al ben Beda)

Clay jar from Khirbet Qeiyafa, an Iron Age site from around 1020 to 980 BCE inscribed with the name of Ishba’al son of Beda. It’s the same name but most likely not the same person identified as such in Chronicles … Continue reading

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Hanukkah Elephants

Strange objects, a Hanukkah elephant.  

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Hatsune Miku: Post-Human Hologram Pop Star

“Hatsune Miku is a Piece of Software. She May also be the Future of Music,” so reads the subtitle by Lindsay Zoladz in New York Magazine, which you can you read here. Maybe yes, maybe no, but certainly she’s awesome. … Continue reading

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Tiny Torah (Cute Judaism) (Women of the Wall)

In Our Aesthetic Categories, Sianne Ngai identifies “cute” as a contemporary category of aesthetic judgment.  This has to be the “cutest” little Torah ever. Its object character is simply adorable. Small and ready to hand. You could just eat it … Continue reading

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War Torah (Kinetic Judaism)

Any comment would really be superfluous, but I want to say that I’m suspending moral judgment. I should, however, say that as a scholar of religion and modern Judaism I’m caught between professional curiosity and personal incredulity. Thanks to Adam, Daniel, … Continue reading

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(Objects, Dwelling, World) Greeks & Jews  (The Epistle to Diognetus)

In the Epistle to Diognetus, both Greeks and Jews are arbitrary. The Greeks arbitrarily select, turn and shape some material object into a holy object worthy of veneration. The Jews are right to think “they adore the God of all … Continue reading

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