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Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming

Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/tikkun/article-pdf/32/1/2/484990/0320002.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 31 March 2022 RECOMMENDS Of Biblical Proportions b y s e b a s t i a n a g u de l o With Americans experiencing a growing awareness No matter how many times of the persistence of racism in every aspect of our you read the Torah, you will Genesis 19:26 lives, we welcome Haymarket Book’s republication never exhaust the ocean of of Winona LaDuke’s important focus on the way the commentary and refl ective I mentioned her elsewhere, the pillar of salt Native American community is healing itself from thought it continues to the ravages of the genocide infl icted upon them generate in every genera- a literalist somewhere claims was radioactive even as that community must now recover power tion. Here are two books foam from nuclear blast Lord rained on people, to slow the latest assaults on their land and their that add new and exciting their debauchery, the limits of no limits. rights by the energy industry. LaDuke highlights the directions for scholars and way Native Americans are healing through recover- theologians, but are also ing their own sacred traditions, and in that process important for anyone inter- She, told to pack up, go, to not look back. Moses: A Human Life Recovering the Sacred: Reading Genesis: are increasingly able to lead the way to slow climate ested in understanding the And Moses, Moses prophet, Moses zealot, Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg The Power of Naming Beginnings change. ongoing appeal of the Jew- Yale University Press, Moses indignant at the golden calf, Moses and Claiming Ed. Beth Kissileff ish religious tradition. Bloomsbury, Winona LaDuke In Reading Genesis, editor if literalist is what we want, reigning in Haymarket Books, 2016 Beth Kissileff has brought together a treasure chest of the ancient equivalent of a refugee camp smart thinkers including Russell Jacoby, Ilan Stavans, Joan Nathan, Rebecca The connection between a where loyalty, let alone faith, back and forths Newberger Goldstein, Alicia Suskin Ostriker, Sander Gilman, Dara Horn, Jac- deeper spirituality and re- queline Osherow, Seth Greenberg, and many more, and articles that range to what chirms from tent to tent. He knows sistance to the destructive from “The Apple and Eve: A Neuropsychological Interpretation,” “It Is Not path of global capitalism the odds in forced marches, Moses does, Good for Man to be Alone,” “Bloodlust,” “The Face of the Other: Sarah-Hagar comes into deep focus in Then and Now,” “The Binding of Isaac and the Arts of Resistance,” “Imperfect the brilliant new book by the confederacies, conspiracies and cliques Forgiveness: Joseph and His Brothers,” and “The Death of Jacob: Responding Harvey Cox, a professor to the End of Life.” Many of these articles have appeared before in a variety also that blow of a hammer, drive of a bat of divinity at Harvard. of magazines, but bringing them together makes them handily accessible. Cox shows how the glori- instant in the looking back, the decency to turn. Avivah Zornberg’s Moses, like much of her writing on Torah, draws heav- fi cation of the market, al- It isn’t about home, not even about longing ily on the classical interpretations of the past, including the Midrashic and legedly by secular and im- classical and modern religious thinkers, but also some of the most creative America at War with Itself The Market As God partial economists, media, thinkers in other fi elds, and melds all that with a willingness to bring her own Henry A. Giroux Harvey Cox though literalist says she must’ve harbored and politicians is actually City Lights Books, Harvard University Press, creative psychological wisdom to yield interpretations and new ways of see- a manifestation of wor- neighbors’ sin, was complicit, compelled. ing the old texts that are at once both provocative and exciting. Moses is seen ship for the new religion Really you just have to fi gure what guy as a friend of God who “intuits what kind of conversation God desires” and in which the competitive she fi nds Moses’ lifelong anger is sometimes manifested “in the interest of next door is up to. He doesn’t have it coming. market is their god. Instead of serving a useful but limited purpose, the wor- compassion” and to avert God’s anger, as Yochanan Muffs once taught. She shippers of “The Market” (capital letters appropriate to a god) have sought to sees him sometimes as “aggressively masculine: pushing, snatching, tearing, give it supreme sovereignty, abolishing all consideration of our humanity that An affi nity, not an alliance, knowing girding his loins” but also at times playing “a distinctly ‘feminine’ role.” Zorn- confl ict with its power. Cox suggests a path of repentance, restoration, and that injustice comes down as law berg’s Moses is a richly dimensional character, and one that adds a deep new recreation—restoring the market place to its much more limited and healthy reading to the Torah text. and pity the arraigned, stumble a moment, place and the democratization of the economy as a whole. “Ordinary people and local communities would be directly involved in not just political deci- the fi re and brimstone, the burning plains. sions but all the decisions that affect their lives, including economic ones.” Cox hopes in this process that we can reclaim for humanity “a God whose essential Moses vicar, God’s man and man of God, nature is itself pluralistic and who strives to compose a universe of free and can’t have what’s learned in the look back responsible ‘others’.” Give the Gift of Tikkun Henry Giroux has become the Left’s most articulate and insightful critic but he, lawgiver, teacher, can’t do a thing You know someone who ought to be of America’s distorted political life, highlighting its authoritarian turn and except excise her name from the account. the political illiteracy that our culture fosters and that the media helps chan- reading Tikkun! Please buy them a gift nel into racism, the worship of money and power, and an ethos of surviv- subscription. Call us at 510-644-1200 al-of-the-fi ttest that produces the foundation for renewed fascistic move- or order it online at tikkun.org/gift. ments. The alternative is a critical pedagogy linked to an ongoing project of democratization and “the defense of public spheres capable of producing For a limited time only you can get a year’s thoughtful citizens, critically engaged communities, and an ethically and so- subscription for $18 instead of $29, just use cially responsible society (see also Giroux’s “Defending Educators in An Age of the code 30years when checking out online. Neoliberal Tyranny” in Tikkun, Fall 2016, vol. 31, no. 4). Giroux manages to link together almost every dysfunctional aspect of American society in a cohesive account that is really important to read! 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Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/tikkun/article-pdf/32/1/2/484990/0320002.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 31 March 2022 RECOMMENDS Of Biblical Proportions b y s e b a s t i a n a g u de l o With Americans experiencing a growing awareness No matter how many times of the persistence of racism in every aspect of our you read the Torah, you will Genesis 19:26 lives, we welcome Haymarket Book’s republication never exhaust the ocean of of Winona LaDuke’s important focus on the way the commentary and refl ective I mentioned her elsewhere, the pillar of salt Native American community is healing itself from thought it continues to the ravages of the genocide infl icted upon them generate in every genera- a literalist somewhere claims was radioactive even as that community must now recover power tion. Here are two books foam from nuclear blast Lord rained on people, to slow the latest assaults on their land and their that add new and exciting their debauchery, the limits of no limits. rights by the energy industry. LaDuke highlights the directions for scholars and way Native Americans are healing through recover- theologians, but are also ing their own sacred traditions, and in that process important for anyone inter- She, told to pack up, go, to not look back. Moses: A Human Life Recovering the Sacred: Reading Genesis: are increasingly able to lead the way to slow climate ested in understanding the And Moses, Moses prophet, Moses zealot, Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg The Power of Naming Beginnings change. ongoing appeal of the Jew- Yale University Press, Moses indignant at the golden calf, Moses and Claiming Ed. Beth Kissileff ish religious tradition. Bloomsbury, Winona LaDuke In Reading Genesis, editor if literalist is what we want, reigning in Haymarket Books, 2016 Beth Kissileff has brought together a treasure chest of the ancient equivalent of a refugee camp smart thinkers including Russell Jacoby, Ilan Stavans, Joan Nathan, Rebecca The connection between a where loyalty, let alone faith, back and forths Newberger Goldstein, Alicia Suskin Ostriker, Sander Gilman, Dara Horn, Jac- deeper spirituality and re- queline Osherow, Seth Greenberg, and many more, and articles that range to what chirms from tent to tent. He knows sistance to the destructive from “The Apple and Eve: A Neuropsychological Interpretation,” “It Is Not path of global capitalism the odds in forced marches, Moses does, Good for Man to be Alone,” “Bloodlust,” “The Face of the Other: Sarah-Hagar comes into deep focus in Then and Now,” “The Binding of Isaac and the Arts of Resistance,” “Imperfect the brilliant new book by the confederacies, conspiracies and cliques Forgiveness: Joseph and His Brothers,” and “The Death of Jacob: Responding Harvey Cox, a professor to the End of Life.” Many of these articles have appeared before in a variety also that blow of a hammer, drive of a bat of divinity at Harvard. of magazines, but bringing them together makes them handily accessible. Cox shows how the glori- instant in the looking back, the decency to turn. Avivah Zornberg’s Moses, like much of her writing on Torah, draws heav- fi cation of the market, al- It isn’t about home, not even about longing ily on the classical interpretations of the past, including the Midrashic and legedly by secular and im- classical and modern religious thinkers, but also some of the most creative America at War with Itself The Market As God partial economists, media, thinkers in other fi elds, and melds all that with a willingness to bring her own Henry A. Giroux Harvey Cox though literalist says she must’ve harbored and politicians is actually City Lights Books, Harvard University Press, creative psychological wisdom to yield interpretations and new ways of see- a manifestation of wor- neighbors’ sin, was complicit, compelled. ing the old texts that are at once both provocative and exciting. Moses is seen ship for the new religion Really you just have to fi gure what guy as a friend of God who “intuits what kind of conversation God desires” and in which the competitive she fi nds Moses’ lifelong anger is sometimes manifested “in the interest of next door is up to. He doesn’t have it coming. market is their god. Instead of serving a useful but limited purpose, the wor- compassion” and to avert God’s anger, as Yochanan Muffs once taught. She shippers of “The Market” (capital letters appropriate to a god) have sought to sees him sometimes as “aggressively masculine: pushing, snatching, tearing, give it supreme sovereignty, abolishing all consideration of our humanity that An affi nity, not an alliance, knowing girding his loins” but also at times playing “a distinctly ‘feminine’ role.” Zorn- confl ict with its power. Cox suggests a path of repentance, restoration, and that injustice comes down as law berg’s Moses is a richly dimensional character, and one that adds a deep new recreation—restoring the market place to its much more limited and healthy reading to the Torah text. and pity the arraigned, stumble a moment, place and the democratization of the economy as a whole. “Ordinary people and local communities would be directly involved in not just political deci- the fi re and brimstone, the burning plains. sions but all the decisions that affect their lives, including economic ones.” Cox hopes in this process that we can reclaim for humanity “a God whose essential Moses vicar, God’s man and man of God, nature is itself pluralistic and who strives to compose a universe of free and can’t have what’s learned in the look back responsible ‘others’.” Give the Gift of Tikkun Henry Giroux has become the Left’s most articulate and insightful critic but he, lawgiver, teacher, can’t do a thing You know someone who ought to be of America’s distorted political life, highlighting its authoritarian turn and except excise her name from the account. the political illiteracy that our culture fosters and that the media helps chan- reading Tikkun! Please buy them a gift nel into racism, the worship of money and power, and an ethos of surviv- subscription. Call us at 510-644-1200 al-of-the-fi ttest that produces the foundation for renewed fascistic move- or order it online at tikkun.org/gift. ments. The alternative is a critical pedagogy linked to an ongoing project of democratization and “the defense of public spheres capable of producing For a limited time only you can get a year’s thoughtful citizens, critically engaged communities, and an ethically and so- subscription for $18 instead of $29, just use cially responsible society (see also Giroux’s “Defending Educators in An Age of the code 30years when checking out online. Neoliberal Tyranny” in Tikkun, Fall 2016, vol. 31, no. 4). Giroux manages to link together almost every dysfunctional aspect of American society in a cohesive account that is really important to read! DOI 10.1215/08879982-3768965 V O L . 3 2 , N O . 1 , W I N T E R 2 0 1 7 | © 2 0 1 7 T I K K U N M A G A Z I N E | D O I : 1 0 . 1 2 1 5 / 0 8 8 7 9 9 8 2 - 3 8 5 0 9 8 1 Maya Freelon Asante | Courtesy of the artist and Morton Fine Art | maya-freelonasante.squarespace.com and www.mortonfi neart.com

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