Ayin Two | The Holy Fool

At long last, Ayin’s second annual journal has arrived: Ayin Two | The Holy Fool. With this collection of essays, poems, stories, and multimedia work, we welcome the Fool into our midst as the muse of wild hope, the archetype of accidental enlightenment, the spirit of the carnivalesque, holding all things and their opposites. From Tarot to Torah, awe to absurdity, messiah to myopia—the Fool challenges norms, upsets expectations, and interrupts all manner of official proceedings, offering us a world of playful alternatives to the padded rooms of common sense. As Eden Pearlstein writes in his editor’s note: “Across time, space, and culture, the figure of the Fool appears irrepressibly—not as a mirror of our shortcomings, but as an archetype of unlikely epiphany.”

In the “pages” and portals of Ayin Two, begin at the end, or end at the beginning. Here, “the child is a prophet, the beggar is a king, the king is a clown, the snake is the moshiach.”

Jill Hammer’s Undertorah

Undertorah takes readers on a journey through the root systems of the dreamworld. A practical and paradigm-shifting guidebook for individuals and communities, this text offers a transformative approach to contemporary dreamwork, grounded in embodied experience and ancestral wisdom, that connects us to spirit and inspires us to heal our world.

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Ayin’s first journal, Ayin One | Tardema

Ayin Press is an artist-run publishing platform, production studio, and research collective rooted in Jewish culture and emanating outward. We create and support work at the intersection of Political Imagination, Speculative Theology, and Radical Aesthetics.


From the Archive

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Fred

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Legba Swaying

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Three Poems

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The Holy Fool: Editor’s Note

We must occasionally find pleasure in our folly, or we cannot continue to find pleasure in our wisdom.  —Friedrich Nietzsche1 ...