Shofar

Founded in 1925, Shofar is a quarterly Jewish youth newspaper published by B'nai B'rith Youth Organization in Washington, D.C. Its subject matter covers youth and Jewish interests.

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 3, Spring

American Judaism: A History
American Judaism: A History, by Jonathan D. Sarna. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2004. 490 pp. $35.00.In American Judaism, Brandeis University scholar Jonathan Sarna has produced a marvelous survey that masterfully recounts the history...
American Reform Judaism and the Southern Baptist Convention: Responses to Social Trends
This article addresses current trends in Reform Judaism by examining the role played by the new platform adopted in 1999 by the Central Conference of American Rabbis. The approval of a new statement of faith by the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC),...
Amos in Song and Book Culture
Amos in Song and Book Culture, by Joyce Rilett Wood. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series, vol. 337. London: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002. 256 pp. $80.00.This monograph, based on the author's 1993 Toronto School of Theology...
Antonio's Devils: Writers of the Jewish Enlightenment and the Birth of Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Literature
Antonio's Devils: Writers of the Jewish Enlightenment and the Birth of Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Literature, by Jeremy Dauber. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004. 354 pp. $60.00.All too often, literature and literary questions are addressed solely...
Book Notes
American Jewish LifeIt Happened in the Catskills: An Oral History in the Words of Busboys, Bellhops, Guests, Proprietors, Comedians, Agents, and Others Who Lived It, by Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2004....
Confrontations/Accommodations: German-Jewish Literary and Cultural Relations from Heine to Wassermann
Confrontations/Accommodations: German-Jewish Literary and Cultural Relations from Heine to Wassermann, edited by Mark H. Gelber. Conditio Judaica, vol. 46. Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag, 2004. 288 pp. euro66.00.The essays collected in this volume honor...
Contemporary Jewish Writing in Canada: An Anthology
Contemporary Jewish Writing in Canada: An Anthology, edited by Michael Greenstein. Jewish Writing in the Contemporary World. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004. 232 pp. $60.00.What is distinctive about contemporary Canadian-Jewish writing? In...
Eleanor Roosevelt, Liberalism, and Israel
Eleanor Roosevelt was a leading American liberal and diplomat after World War II. Historians have long noted her strong support for the State of Israel and have attributed it to the decline of antisemitism, the legacy of the Holocaust, and the Cold War....
Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity
Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, edited by Dinah I. Shelton. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005. 3 vols., 1458 pp. $395.00.Responding but not limited to the near-successful state-authorized murder of European Jewry during World...
GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation
GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation, by Deborah Dash Moore. Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2004. 352 pp. $25.95.One of this book's endorsers aptly depicted it as the American Jewish version of Tom Brokow's "greatest...
In the Aftermath of Genocide: Armenians and Jews in Twentieth-Century France
In the Aftermath of Genocide: Armenians and Jews in Twentieth-Century France, by Maud S. Mandel. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2003. 317 pp. $23.95.Armenians and Jews differ in most things, including religion, origins, language, and socio-economic...
Jerusalem Besieged: From Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel
Jerusalem Besieged: From Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel, by Eric H. Cline. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2004. 400 pp. $29.95.Jerusalem is a major source of contention in the Middle East today. In some ways, the conflict over the political...
Jewish Emancipation Reconsidered: The French and German Models
Jewish Emancipation Reconsidered: The French and German Models, edited by Michael Brenner, Vicki Caron, and Uri R. Kaufmann. London and Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2003. 245 pp. euro54.00.Historiographically, this book reflects two encouraging departures...
Josephus on Jesus: The Testimonium Flavianum Controversy from Late Antiquity to Modern Times, by Alice Whealey. Studies in Biblical Literature
Josephus on Jesus: The Testimonium Flavianum Controversy from Late Antiquity to Modern Times, by Alice Whealey. Studies in Biblical Literature 36. New York: Peter Lang, 2003. 231 pages. $65.95.The passage in Josephus' extensive bequest to posterity most...
Magda Trocmé: A Mother Responds, "Hineni!"
During World War II, the inhabitants of the plateau Vivarais-Lignon amid the mountains of southeastern France shielded between 2,500 and 5,000 Jews and other refugees. Magda Trocmé, the freethinking wife of a Protestant pastor in the plateau town of...
Mordecai: An Early American Family
Mordecai: An Early American Family, by Emily Bingham. New York: Hill and Wang, 2003. 346 pp. $26.00.Unlike most Jewish immigrants to the United States, who arrived in the mid- and late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Mordecais arrived before...
Nietzsche and Zion
Nietzsche and Zion, by Jacob Golomb. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004. 274 pp. $39.95.The connections between the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and the initial proponents of Zionism would appear, at first glance, to be an unpromising topic...
Over the Top Judaism: Precedents and Trends in the Depiction of Jewish Beliefs and Observances in Film and Television/Entertaining America: Jews, Movies, and Broadcasting
Over the Top Judaism: Precedents and Trends in the Depiction of Jewish Beliefs and Observances in Film and Television, by Elliot B. Gertel. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2003. 316 pp. $45.00.Entertaining America: Jews, Movies, and Broadcasting,...
Palestinians Born in Exile: Diaspora and the Search for a Homeland
Palestinians Born in Exile: Diaspora and the Search for a Homeland, by Juliane Hammer. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005. 271 pp. $22.95.If you are interested in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, chances are you have an opinion on the issue of...
Philip Roth-Countertexts, Counterlives
Philip Roth-Countertexts, Counterlives, by Debra Shostak. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2004. 332 pp. $39.95.As it becomes more unarguable that Philip Roth is a great writer, not merely a great Jewish American writer, more and more sophisticated...
Picturing Yiddish: Gender, Identity, and Memory in the Illustrated Yiddish Books of Renaissance Italy
Picturing Yiddish: Gender, Identity, and Memory in the Illustrated Yiddish Books of Renaissance Italy, by Diane Wolfthal. Brill Series in Jewish Studies, 36. Leiden: Brill, 2004. 283 pp. $146.00.The purpose of this important study is to question a series...
Playing a Jewish Game: Gentile Christian Judaizing in the First and Second Centuries CE
Playing a Jewish Game: Gentile Christian Judaizing in the First and Second Centuries CE, by Michele Murray. Studies in Christianity and Judaism/Études sur le christianisme et le judaïsme 13. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2004....
Post-Shoah Dialogues: Re-Thinking Our Texts Together
Post-Shoah Dialogues: Re-Thinking Our Texts Together, edited by James F. Moore. Studies in the Shoah, Vol. XXV. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2004. 270 pp. $35.00.It is not often that one is confronted with a text so complicated, so densely...
"Remember Amalek!" Vengeance, Zealotry, and Group Destruction in the Bible According to Philo, Pseudo-Philo, and Josephus
"Remember Amalek!" Vengeance, Zealotry, and Group Destruction in the Bible According to Philo, Pseudo-Philo, and Josephus, by Louis H. Feldman. Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College Press, 2004. 272 pp. $34.95.Professor Louis Feldman opens his excellent work...
Representations of Jews in Late Medieval and Early Modern German Literature
Representations of Jews in Late Medieval and Early Modern German Literature, by John D. Martin. Studies in German Jewish History 5. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2004. 254 pp. $49.95.Incorporating recent discussions about the distinction between anti-Judaism and...
Rescued from the Reich: How One of Hitler's Soldiers Saved the Lubavitcher Rebbe
Rescued from the Reich: How One of Hitler's Soldiers Saved the Lubavitcher Rebbe, by Bryan Mark Rigg. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004. 284 pp. $26.00.Bryan Mark Rigg has written the improbably true story of how the leaders of a small, but internationally...
Shulamit and Margarete: Power, Gender, and Religion in a Rural Society in Eighteenth-Century Europe
Shulamit and Margarete: Power, Gender, and Religion in a Rural Society in Eighteenth-Century Europe, by Claudia Ulbrich, translated by Thomas Dunlap. Studies in Central European Histories, volume 32. Boston and Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2004...
Sons of Israel in Caesar's Service: Jewish Soldiers in the Roman Military
The participation of Roman Jewish soldiers in the armies of Imperial Rome often goes unrecognized. This is mainly a result of a lack of recognition on the part of scholars who wish to use Rabbinic sources as the benchmark for Jewish practice in the Imperial...
The Dreyfus Affair and the Crisis of French Manhood
The Dreyfus Affair and the Crisis of French Manhood, by Christopher E. Forth. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004. 300 pp. $46.95.Although other scholars have written about gender and the Dreyfus Affair, Christopher Forth's The Dreyfus...
The Footsteps of Israel: Understanding Jews in Anglo-Saxon England
The Footsteps of Israel: Understanding Jews in Anglo-Saxon England, by Andrew P. Scheil. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2004. 372 pp. $65.00.Centuries before Jewish people migrated to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest, Anglo-Saxon...
The Jewish Studies Professor as Communal Leader/Jewish Studies Professors and the Community: A Response
The much maligned, though oft-cited, National Jewish Population Survey of 2000-2001 (not fully released until 2003) has done much to rekindle the twentieth century debate regarding the role and place of Jewish Studies programs in both the university...
The Jews of the Middle East and North Africa in Modern Times
The Jews of the Middle East and North Africa in Modern Times, edited by Reeva Spector Simon, Michael Menachem Laskier, and Sara Reuger. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003. 549 pp. $26.00.The past fifty years have witnessed the emergence of an...
The Politics of Paternity and Patrimony1
This article reassesses the characterization of Hebrew literature as a literature of fathers and sons. It argues that not only is the image of the father more complicated in the "classic" texts than is typically noted, but that the father continues to...
The Treatment of the Holocaust in Hungary and Romania during the Post-Communist Era
The Treatment of the Holocaust in Hungary and Romania During the Post-Communist Era, edited by Randolph L. Braham. Holocaust Studies Series. New York: The Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, distributed by Columbia University Press, 2004. 215...
ÜBerleben Im Dritten Reich: Juden Im Untergrund Und Ihre Helfer
Überleben im Dritten Reich: Juden im Untergrund und ihre Helfer, by Wolfgang Benz. Munich: Verlag C.H. Beck, 2003. 344 pp. euro24.90.In his editorial prologue to this important and interesting book, Wolfgang Benz adds necessary warnings that should accompany...
What Does It Imply? How Does It Apply?: Holiday Editorials in the Reconstructionist, 1935-1955
Mordecai Kaplan founded The Reconstructionist to popularize his thought and to show its relevance to issues then facing American Jews. Accordingly, each issue of the magazine opened with a series of editorials in which current events were analyzed from...
Yiddish in Italia: Yiddish Manuscripts and Printed Books from the 15th to the 17th Century / Manoscritt E Libri a Stampa in Yiddish Dei Secoli XV-XVII
Yiddish in Italia: Yiddish Manuscripts and Printed Books from the 15th to the 17th Century / Manoscritt e libri a stampa in yiddish dei secoli XV-XVII, edited by Chava Turniansky and Erika Timm, with the collaboration of Claudia Rosenzweig. Milan: Associazione...