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Keep Off On Pain of Death (The Temple Mount, King Herod & Historical Context)

It sounds like King Herod wanted to allow non-Jews to go up to the Temple Mount so that he could show off the new Temple digs. But they could only go so far into the heart of the complex. An … Continue reading

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Religion & Peace, Critique & Prayer in Israel & Palestine (Yakir Englander)

Some might find them hopelessly softhearted and even soft-headed, but these words by Yakir Englander on interfaith dialogue and peace in Israel and Palestine make two points. One point is important and critical, the other point is more interesting. I’m … Continue reading

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Tisha B’Av (Vicarious) (Misery)

I’m fasting now for Tisha B’Av. I could mention habit, cultural memory, and ideological commitments as component features that give “meaning” and narrative drama to the day. But as I’ve gotten older, I’m not so interested in these kinds of … Continue reading

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Theology, Poetry, and Crossword Puzzles After Auschwitz (Jacob Petuchowski)

Despite its dowdy title and drab cover, Jacob Petuchowski published Theology and Poetry: Studies in Medieval Piyyut as a popular and user-friendly book for the middle brow American Jewish reader. It’s a very modern book, a complex little thing with four … Continue reading

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Theology, Poetry, and Crossword Puzzles After Auschwitz (Jacob Petuchowski)

Despite its dowdy title and drab cover, Jacob Petuchowski published Theology and Poetry: Studies in Medieval Piyyut as a popular and user-friendly book for the middle brow American Jewish reader. It’s a very modern book, a complex little thing with four … Continue reading

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Altars & Other Really Big Things From the Desert (Michael Heizer)

The works by Land Art artist Michael Heizer on view recently at Gagosian in New York are weird “religious” or “ritual” art. Their “origin” is like from some faraway place out in the desert. The twelve ton Asteroid (c. 2000) and the … Continue reading

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Archaic Stone Modern Eruv

I like these photographs of neolithic cult stones from the Aravah desert in Israel, about which you can read more here. They are both abstract and sexual at the same time, aniconic and iconic at once. Of interest to me has to do … Continue reading

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