Tag Archives: Shabbat & holidays

(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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(Violent Surge of Excellent Writing) Habakkuk (Shavuot)

Locked up tight in the liturgical reading of Scripture in the synagogue as the haftarah on the second day of Shavuot, the holiday of revelation, the manifestation of  God in the third chapter of Habbakuk signals total world disaster. In … Continue reading

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(Sexual Ethics & The Holiness of Home) More Domestic Judaism (The Hertz Pentateuch)

Leviticus has been a pretty dry run in the Hertz Pentateuch. You can tell Hertz is just not into sacrifice and ritual by the more or less cursory exposition of what he takes to be the plain meaning (peshat) and … Continue reading

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