Category Archives: The French Disconnection

A Festering Impulse

In her bold article in the Jewish Week (Jan 3) Dr. Gail Bendheim decries the recent events in Beit Shemesh and calls for “examining carefully and courageously what it is about our religious life that has led to such a … Continue reading

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Summer Rain, 3

3. A Mystery Monday the 15th of August it continues to rain, though in no way rivaling the record downpour of the day before. That evening, ET comes home buoyant and energized, announcing that we need to leave immediately to … Continue reading

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Summer Rain 2

That Other Otherness My husband ET and his mother spent the war in France where they hid with false papers and it wasn’t until 1945 at the age of seven that ET, who went by the name Jean Claude, discovered … Continue reading

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French Disconnection, 5: Vive la liberté

  The warning signs could not have been clearer. In a recent cover story, Art Press had singled out C.G. Jung and Mircea Eliade for special demonization. Their shared crime was unfettered  “obscurantism.” As it happened, in targeting these two … Continue reading

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The French Disconnection, 4: Encounters

.. Because I was living in the birthplace of deconstructivism – because I was invited to dinner with some of the movement’s most carefully constructed spooks – I mean spokes-persons, because my Art Press assignment called for a translation and … Continue reading

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The French Disconnection, 3: No Obligation

In the last decade of my professional life in France I provided English language translation, communication and marketing strategies for companies targeting American and expatriate markets. One of my clients was the preciously high-brow monthly revue called Art Press. Its … Continue reading

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The French Disconnection, 2: Stranglehold

Americans are caught off guard when I tell them that during my sojourn in France it was difficult to admit of my devotion to yoga without raising suspicions of belonging to a cult; even my enthusiasm for Insight Meditation alarmed … Continue reading

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