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The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision is wrong–as a matter of faith.

I don’t often comment on news or current events on this blog, though I have done so a few times. This blog is primarily about history, writing, and things that … Continue reading

July 3, 2014 · 4 Comments

Metal for Friday: Orphaned Land, “Norra El Norra” [video].

I have my iPod on random shuffle while I’m doing research in the library, and yesterday a song by the awesome Israeli prog/death metal band Orphaned Land happened to come … Continue reading

June 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth Panorama: The Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel.

This is one of the most recognizable sets of ruins in the world, and the center of the world of Judaism: the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The wall, also known as … Continue reading

May 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

Happy Pesach: the Fifth Cup of Passover. [video]

This week is Passover, the most significant holiday in the Jewish year. It’s my first Passover, so its traditions are pretty new to me. While searching for a YouTube video … Continue reading

April 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

Finding God through reason: My experience as an ex-atheist.

I am an ex-atheist. Although I’m still at the beginning stages of formal conversion, I identify Jewish as you might have noticed from some previous posts (and my Twitter). I … Continue reading

March 7, 2014 · 16 Comments

42 Historical Objects, No. 18: The Erfurt Treasure.

This may look like just another collection of old coins, but the Erfurt Treasure is a collective artifact that shows us in tangible form some of the darkest days in … Continue reading

March 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why I’m unplugging tonight. (Oh, and Shabbat Shalom!)

By the time this post goes up on my blog, I will be “off the grid.” I’m unplugging tonight–I’m not going to text, use Twitter (except for automatic posts I’ve … Continue reading

January 10, 2014 · 2 Comments

Merry Jewish, Gay, Black Jesus, Byzantine, Pagan Bonfire, Chinese African Christmas!

Nothing more to this post than to wish you a merry Christmas, and all the love and joy the universe can provide, whether your thing is celebrating the birth of … Continue reading

December 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

Haunting the chapel: my thoughts on heavy metal and religion.

Is heavy metal inherently anti-religious? Having been virtually a lifelong metalhead, I can say from experience that many people, both within and without the scene, believe that it is, or … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · 10 Comments

Happy Thanksgivukkah!

Nothing real substantive here, just a funny video observing the interesting fact that Thanksgiving, this upcoming Thursday, coincides with the beginning of Hannukah, which doesn’t happen very often–giving rise to … Continue reading

November 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

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