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Photoshop Kabbalah Modern (Mid-Century Gershom Scholem)

The sitz im Leben of modern Kabbalah studies. Friend Jay Eidelman posted this photo at FB, and I’m putting it up here immediately. I’m being told by Margaret Olin that the large piece in the back is Knoll furniture.And, of course, there’s … Continue reading

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Mid-Century Modern Gershom Scholem Design

I love the old mid-century dust jacket cover design. It’s the color scheme and abstract design element that stands out on the 1965 cover of Scholem’s On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism. The soft electric pastel colors are very mod. … Continue reading

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Mystical Burlesque (Reading Zohar with Gershom Scholem)

Re-reading Gershom Scholem’s Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism (1941) perhaps more systemically than I did many years ago when I read it for the first time. While most of the main lines of argument have been assimilated and critically sifted … Continue reading

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HannahArendt GershomScholemKurtBlumenfeld Deathbed Mashup (Margarethe von Trotta)

Did you notice or why should anyone care? In the original exchange of letters with Gershom Scholem, another great German Jew, Arendt’s famously quipped with characteristic bite that she could never love a people, only her friends. The purpose was … Continue reading

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