Judaism: A Quarterly Journal of Jewish Life and Thought

Articles from Vol. 42, No. 2, Spring

Aaron: Changing Perceptions
AS WE STUDY THE VARIOUS CHARACTERS IN the Bible, we tend to feel that we understand them. Each has a personality of his or her own. Some seem to stay the same in the brief stories told about them; others, more extensively portrayed, may develop as they...
Franz Rosenzweig and Emmanuel Levinas: A Midrash or Thought-Experiment
THERE IS MUCH EXCITEMENT AT THIS TIME in response to the challenging, but tremendously potent work of the Lithuanian-born modern Jewish philosopher, Emmanuel Levinas. While he has had a European audience for many decades, it is only in the last few years...
French-Jewish Assimilation Reassessed: A Review of the Recent Literature
experienced assimilation. Research remains to be done, however. One area that certainly demands further investigation concerns the political behavior of French Jewry. True, the role of the AIU has recently been reexamined,(28) and Jewish reactions to...
Hezekiah's Boil
"|KING~ HEZEKIAH BECAME MORTALLY ILL" (2 Kings 20:1). |And he thought:~ "In the prime of life I must pass away ... day and night you torment me; I am racked with pain till the morning. All my bones are broken ... I twitter ... I moan ... My eyes falter...
Jacob at Bethel and Penuel: The Polarity of Divine Encounter
OF THE BIBLICAL PATRIARCHS, JACOB IS the most enigmatic. Possessing neither the awesome faith of an Abraham nor the stoic equanimity of an Isaac, Jacob is, nevertheless, chosen to be the bearer of Divine blessing and the eponymic father of Israel. His...
Jewish Studies and Jewish Identity: Some Implications of Secularizing Torah
A Success Story OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST TWENTY OR thirty years, one of the dreams of modern Jewry has apparently been realized: Jewish culture has become a recognized and accepted part of the general university curriculum. Of course, the Hebrew...
Job, or the Suffering of God
THE BOOK OF THE BIBLE THAT IS MOST concerned with the nature of faith and the anxieties that it engenders, is Job. In direct contradiction to the conclusion of the Pharisee, R. Yannai, that "we cannot understand the flourishing of the wicked, nor the...
"Raisins and Almonds" - Goldfaden's Glory
In 1979 a moving tribute was paid to Molly Picon, one of the great Jewish-American entertainers, on her eightieth birthday. An emotional highpoint was the audience's singing along with the song, "Rozhinkes mit Mandlen," a folk-based theatre song that...
The Etymology of Totafot
FOR MORE THAN TWO CENTURIES, THE Hebrews lived in the region of the Nile Delta, first as invited guests of the Pharaoh and, later, as slaves. During that time, the Hebrew and the Egyptian languages borrowed words from each other. More than three hundred...