Tag Archives: Shabbat & holidays

(Anthropology of Judaism) Lag Ba’Omer

Touching upon the history and anthropology of Jewish religion, as well as concluding methodological reflections. With many thanks to Joshua Schwartz and Shari Rabin, respectively, for the kindness of sharing their expertise and these two scholarly references re: the pilgrimage … Continue reading

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(Talmud & Art) Cats at Seder Behold I Bite the Mouse (Illuminated Haggadah)

Pesach is almost done with this year but I wanted to share with my Talmud, art, and animal friends this charming little post from the amazing blogsite here at the Bodleian. These medieval illuminated images from the Haggadah are the … Continue reading

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Messy Kitchen Exodus from Egypt (Coronavirus Passover)

Messy kitchen or perfect bourgeois Passover table? Honestly, which picture evokes better the sudden flight from bondage? Chag sameach!

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(Coronavirus) Hoarding Eggs in Israel (Passover)

For anyone interested in the matrix created by foodways, religious culture and ritual, mass society, and social psychology and object cathexis in particular local contexts, and coronavirus.  Feel free to throw in bio-power. In Israel, this is now a grave … 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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(Social Space) Sukkot (Henri Lefebvre)

“If indeed every society produces a space, its own space, this will have other consequences…Any ‘social existence’ aspiring or claiming to be ‘real’, but failing to produce its own space, would be a strange entity, a peculiar kind of abstraction … Continue reading

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(Lachrymose) Yom Kippur (Target)

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(Rabbi Akiva) Gemar Tov (Clean Water)

Rabbi Akiva said: Happy are you, Israel! Who is it before whom you become pure? And who is it that purifies you? Your Father who is in heaven, as it is said: “And I will sprinkle clean water upon you … Continue reading

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Friends, Enemies, and Fish (Shana Tova)

“To all of our friends, enemies, and blood enemies: Happy New Year” Der Groyser Kundes (Yiddish satirical; early 20th C) h/t Zackary Sholem Berger

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Tisha B’Av Lament (Reading Lamentations Rabbah)

No political hot take, Lamentations Rabbah, the rabbinic commentary to the biblical book, is an ambiguous lament. This is more true of the main body of the text as opposed to the by-and-large more “orthodox” proems, focused as these are upon … Continue reading

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