Judaism: A Quarterly Journal of Jewish Life and Thought

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 1-2, Spring

After Forty Years
ALMOST EXACTLY FORTY YEARS AGO, IVAN DEE, FOR Quadrangle, published a book I edited called "Rediscovering Judaism: Reflections on a New Theology." He not only accepted a volume that several others had rejected, he also edited it brilliantly and gave...
Cain versus Abel
THE FRUIT OF THE FORBIDDEN TREE HAS LONG interested biblical readers and commentators. It is assumed that the fruit was an apple and a piece of this fruit got stuck in Adam's throat, hence the name Adam's apple for the larynx. The biblical translator...
From Transmitting to Transmuting Holocaust Trauma: A Psychotherapist's View
LIBERATION FROM THE CAMPS DID NOT SO SIMPLY liberate the survivor's mind to bear witness to the past--to know and be seen knowing. Not to be seen seeing was elemental in the psychotic, non-communicating universe of death camps and concentration camps...
Jews, Christians, and Gibson's the Passion of the Christ
I HAVE A BOOK IN MY LIBRARY PUBLISHED BY THE JEWISH Publication Society of America in 1901. Inside the front cover, my great-grandfather, Isidore Langsdorf, has written his name in an elegant nineteenth-century hand. Either he gave the book to my grandfather,...
Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam: The "Oasis of Peace"
NEVE SHALOM/WAHAT AL-SALAM WAS FOUNDED BY Father Bruno Hussar who envisioned a village where Jews, Muslims, and Christians would live together and learn to listen, understand, respect, and trust one another. Born in Egypt in 1911 to secular Jewish...
"No, It's Not Antisemitic": Judith Butler vs. Lawrence Summers
ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2002 LAWRENCE H. SUMMERS, THE president of Harvard University, delivered to the Harvard community a speech deploring the upsurge of antisemitism in many parts of the globe: he specified synagogue bombings, physical assaults on Jews,...
Peace, Ethics, and the Failure of Jewish Liberalism
SOME TIME AGO MY FAMILY AND I ATTENDED A RALLY for Israel in downtown San Francisco. The crowd was large and speeches from lay and religious Jewish officials were interspersed with songs. Although some of the music was uplifting I felt a distinct sense...
Produce Your Proof: Muslim Exegesis, the Hadith, and the Jews
AFTER SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, MANY MUSLIMS REFUSED to believe that the nineteen hijackers were even Muslim. Instead, they blamed this criminal act on a Jewish or Christian conspiracy against Islam. (1) Egyptian sociologist, Professor Sa'ad al-din Ibrahim...
The Jew as Chattel in Medieval Europe
WHEN ROMAN LAW WAS SUPPLANTED BY CATHOLIC Canon law the Jews lost their right to practice their religion as citizens but not legal autonomy. At the start of the Middle Ages, when the pagans took over the western provinces of the Roman Empire, now the...
The Miracle of Russian-Israeli Theatre: From Alienation to Identity
IN APRIL 1991, A FEW WEEKS AFTER THE FIRST GULF WAR, I was invited to see a Russian theatre show in Tel Aviv, as chair of a government committee that was allotting money to immigrant theatre groups. The members of the company all came to Israel with...
The Real, the Theoretical, and the Spiritual
MAN'S FIRST LANGUAGE WAS SONG. IN IMITATION OF THE birds. The idea was first proposed by Giovanni Battista Vico, a late seventeenthcentury Italian historian and philosopher. He believed that man's first language was in song-and that this language was...
Views of 1920s Palestine
DURING THE FIRST DECADE OF THE BRITISH MANDATE, many American academics and intellectuals, both Jews and Christians, visited Palestine. They were interested in viewing the new Jewish experiments in agriculture, the development of new cities such as...
We, the Jews of Dobre
WE TALK AT NIGHT. IN THE BARBED FOREST NEAR Malkinia, in the groves near Dobre, in the pine trees above Giger's filled pits. Close to the filled pits--everything is close there--stands, tautly, a monument in honor of the dead of 1918-1920, while here...