Judaism: A Quarterly Journal of Jewish Life and Thought

Articles from Vol. 45, No. 4, Fall

Dan Pagis and the Poetry of Displacement
It is a curious fact that the three leading Hebrew poets of the generation that began to publish shortly after the founding of the State of Israel were all born in German-speaking Europe-Dan Pagis in Bukovina, Yehuda Amichai in Bavaria, and Nathan Zach...
Jewish Knowing: Monism and Its Ramifications
Though it may no longer be fashionable to invoke the platonic concept of a dualistic body/soul anthropology, one of its basic assumptions - that the rational element of human beings is in some way distinct and separable from at least most of the body...
Midrash, Bible, and Women's Voices
The storytelling aspect of midrash - charming or exasperating, stolidly obtuse or wonderfully insightful - is what we are concerned with here. In the vast compilation of Bible commentary known as midrash, much of it embedded in Talmud, only one genre,...
Nationalism, the Jews, and Art History
1. Introduction: Vienna 1980 Anti-Semitic art historians, we assume, need not write anti-Semitic art history. Granted, Orientalism, of which anti-Semitism is a subcategory, has been convincingly exposed in many disciplines.(1) Yet we trust scholarly...
Saints and Fanatics: The Problematic Connection between Religion and Spirituality
1. Religion Produces Both Saints and Fanatics In my research on the history of Christian anti-Semitism, I came across some who seem to have been both. The best known example is St. John Chrysostom, the great preacher of Byzantine Christianity, who was...
Technology and Responsibility: Reflections on Genesis 1-3
Should the emancipation and secularization of the modern age, which began with a turning-away, not necessarily from God, but from a god who was the Father of men in heaven, end with an even more fateful repudiation of an Earth who was the Mother of all...
The Symbolism of the Sukka, Part 2
In "The Symbolism of the Sukka," published in the Fall 1994 issue of JUDAISM, I discussed one dimension of this theme: the sukka as a symbol of the "clouds of glory."(1) According to the dominant rabbinic tradition seven "sukkot of clouds of glory" surrounded...
Tzedakah and Fundraising: A Nineteenth-Century Response
The advent of the modern world in western and central Europe presented serious challenges to traditional Jewish patterns of communal structure and practice. With the rise of the modern nation-state during the nineteenth century, the traditional political...