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(Zohar Says) Burn Incense To Forge Bonds with Ein Sof (Coronavirus)

Reading around I learned something, this about the Zohar on the power of the Tabernacle-Temple incense and, today, regularly reciting the verses concerning it to stay the plague and all other demonic forces. The Zohar picks up its cue from … Continue reading

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Virtual Shabbat (Liberal Judaism) (Coronavirus)

Not terribly enthusiastic, I’ve been not thinking enough about the phenomenon that will be live streaming Shabbat and other tefilot and the many aesthetic choices that will matter going forward. This one conveys something to do with the aesthetics of … Continue reading

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Empty City Empty Shabbat (Coronavirus)

It’s almost sundown and New York City is shutting down, schools, museums, concert halls, Broadway, synagogues and churches, as if for the Sabbath. The entire civic ritual system in its public aspect is grinding down to a halt, moving deeper … Continue reading

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(Coronavirus) Not The Time For Mezuzah Kissing

(h/t Mika Tal)

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New York City Street Corner (Habad)

This un-extraordinary little scene, it must have been around Christmas. From top to bottom, watch what happens to the street corner, a momentary ritual transformation, at Columbus and 97th Street. Note too how the WordPress category-tag algorithm puts this little … Continue reading

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(Striking Gods & Other Objects) Canaanite Temple Remains (Lachish)

Sharing and saving for students these images from this article in Ha’aretz of diminutive temple remains, including two tough little striking gods. They were dug up in central Israel at Lachish, an important Canaanite town-city circa 1800 B.C.E.. From the … Continue reading

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The Priestly Blessing is Weird and Most Impressive (Hertz Pentateuch)

As I continue to scroll through the Hertz Pentateuch in search of wayward things and other points of interest that tell us something about the HP and its time and place, I found this odd and unexpected thing. It’s his … Continue reading

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