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Anti-Black & White in Jewish Texts (Abraham Melamed)

Abraham Melamed’s The Image of the Black in Judaism was first published in Hebrew in 2002 and then translated into English in 2003. While the title does little to recommend itself and the theoretical apparatus is dated, the data are … Continue reading

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Teaching the Holocaust (Jewish Difference)

First day teaching Shoah: Responding to the Holocaust. The last time I taught this class was in 2018. This year, a very diverse group of students., not just Jewish, not just White. The students were unclear about wanted to talk … Continue reading

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(Jacob Lawrence) Black Americans & the American Revolution (Struggle)

  This richly illustrated article here by Rachel Himes at Jacobin about Struggle: From the History of the American People, the 1954-1956 series of 30 panels by Jacob Lawrence illuminating the place of Black Americans in the American Revolution. The … Continue reading

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Black-Jewish Prisms (Jews for Black Lives Matter Movement)

  Itself atypical for reasons I will note below, the recent statement of support from across the mainstream liberal and progressive spectrum of the Jewish community for the Black Lives Matter movement raises critical questions about what Jewish things Jews … Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter in Yiddish בלעק לײַװס מעטער

Deciding not to translate is the most Yiddish thing to do. Kudos to Anthony Russel and Jewish Current for this piece here cutting to a core, here about translating BLM into Yiddish and the attempt “to touch Blackness from inside … Continue reading

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(Black Christian Religion) Letter from a Region in My Mind (James Baldwin)

The 1946 photo of James Baldwin is by Richard Avedon, which makes me wonder if Baldwin was already that famous that early on. It accompanies and this piece which you can read here. It was republished in this week’s New … Continue reading

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(Synthesis of Intuitions) Philosophy Art Race Religion (Adrian Piper)

A series of black and white photographs, Food for the Spirit (1971) documents the artist and philosopher Adrian Piper, holed up and isolated at home, having thrown herself one summer into a close reading of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason.  … Continue reading

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(On Recognition) Blacks & Jews & the Women’s March (Farrakhan Again)

The details, of course, are well-known by now. Farrakhan, a master conspiracy theorist, emerges from out under the rocks like some monster to pronounce against his longtime enemies, “the “powerful Jews,” warning that “their time is up, your world is … Continue reading

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Such a Nasty Woman (Miri Regev & the Intersectional Right in Israel)

Shes’ right, of course. In comparison to her, the Israeli creative class and Jewish left, those largely Ashkenazi elites, are out maneuvered and “tight-assed.” No one knows how to play the political field like Culture Minister Miri Regev, who works at … Continue reading

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(bell hooks) Race, Gender, Religion & Spirituality

In case you missed it, this interview with bell hooks in the NYT Opinionator is pretty interesting. Its focus is the intersection between race, gender, religion, and spirituality. You can read it here. I found most interesting two things: [1] … Continue reading

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