Judaism: A Quarterly Journal of Jewish Life and Thought

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 1, Winter

After Auschwitz, Jerusalem: In Memory of My Teacher, Leo Baeck
I BEGIN BY THANKING PROFESSOR AMIR WHO HAS introduced me. The fact that it was he who introduced me has been emotional for me if only because his father, Yehoshua Amir, was a fellow student of mine, back until 1938, of Leo Baeck's at the Hochschule...
Choosing Difference: South African Jewish Writers
JEWISH IMMIGRATION INTO SOUTH AFRICA ON ANY CONSIDERABLE scale began relatively late: there were a few Jewish families amongst the wave of English-speaking colonists who arrived in 1820, but they do not seem to have had the time, the impulse, or perhaps...
Flight from Egypt: Blacks, Jews, Diasporas
"Are you not like the Ethiopians to me, O people of Israel?" saith the Lord. "Did I not bring up Israel from the land of Egypt, and the Philistines from Caphtor and the Syrians from Kir? - Amos 9:7 LET US START BY UNRAVELING AN AMERICAN...
How Green Is Judaism? Exploring Jewish Environmental Ethics
ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS REPRESENTS AN IMPORTANT JEWISH issue: it links the Jewish tradition of ethical analysis to a significant contemporary problem. [1] Jewish tradition makes a distinctive and important contribution to our understanding of contemporary...
"Imaginative Insight": Midrash and African-American Preaching
A hallmark of Black preaching has been its ability to take the things not said in the text and apply them to today's context. Reverend Carlyle Stewart [1] My message today is two-fold. First, open your eyes to the Bible. These are not just children's...
Mr. Mani and the Akedah
MY NOVEL, MR. MANI, CONCLUDES WITH THE CONFESSION of Abraham Mani, its protagonist. But what does Abraham want to tell his Rabbi? He recounts the story of the akedah--the binding and sacrifice of Isaac--at the true site where it was meant to be carried...
Observations and Reflections on the History and Meanings of the Kaddish
THE KADDISH EVOLVED FROM A SIMPLE LINE OF BIBLICAL praise to a liturgical formula for dividing the liturgy into its parts and for celebrating a study session. It, then, developed into a prayer for the dead and has been, and continues to be, used as...
On the Fiftieth Yahrtzeit of Milton Steinberg
THERE IS ONE RABBI, NOW DEAD, MANY of WHOSE writings I have read, whom I would like to have heard speak from the pulpit or lecture platform and with whom, I am sure, I would have delighted in conversing. He had a reputation for intellectual brilliance,...
Post-Zionism in the Periodicals
THE RECENT BOOK BY YORAM HAZONY, THE JEWISH STATE: THE Struggle for Israel's Soul (Basic Books, 2000), is the most important reaction to the work of the so-called New Historians and Post-Zionists in the present Israeli intellectual establishment. Much...