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. 25, No. 2, Winter

A Concise History of American Antisemitism
A Concise History of American Antisemitism, by Robert Michael, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005. 256 pp. $24.95.It seems a tautology to assert that "negative Christian beliefs about Jews serve as the bedrock on which antisemitism has been built"...
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Adventures in Yiddishland: Postvernacular Language and Culture
Adventures in Yiddishland: Postvernacular Language and Culture, by Jeffrey Shandler. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006. 263 pp. $39.95.Despite the word "adventure" in the title, Jeffrey Shandler's volume is not a comic book, though humor...
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After Emancipation: Jewish Religious Responses to Modernity
After Emancipation: Jewish Religious Responses to Modernity, by David Ellenson. Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College Press, 2004. 547 pp. $35.00.After Emancipation: Jewish Religious Responses to Modernity compiles twenty-three essays that explore what Ellenson...
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Almost Friends: Post-Holocaust Comedy, Tragedy, and Friendship in Jonathan Safran Foer's Everything Is Illuminated
Jonathan Safran Foer's first novel, Everything is Illuminated, addresses the concern of children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors and perpetrators with the possibility of reconciliation and how it relates to Holocaust memory. Through the use...
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A Tale of Two Roosevelts: Review Essay
A Tale of Two RooseveltsReview EssaySaul LernerPurdue University CalumetSaving the Jews: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Holocaust, by Robert N. Rosen. New York, NY: Thunder's Mouth Press, 2006. 654 pp. $32.00.Roosevelt and the Holocaust: A Rooseveltian...
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Book Notes
American Jewish LifeJewish Life in Small-Town America: A History, by Lee Shai Weissbach. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005. 436pp. $45.00. ISBN 0-300-10671-8.Exploring the history of communities of 100 to 1000 Jews, this book focuses on the years...
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Buried by the Times: The Holocaust and America's Most Important Newspaper
Buried by The Times: The Holocaust and America's Most Important Newspaper, by Laurel Leff. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005. 417 pp. $29.00.In this wonderfully detailed, dramatic account of how The New York Times deliberately underreported...
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Christian Zionism: Road-Map to Armageddon?
Christian Zionism: Road-map to Armageddon? by Stephen Sizer. Leicester, England: Inter-Varsity Press, 2005. 298 pp. $29.00.No one who follows events in the Middle East can fail to be aware of the involvement of so-called Christian Zionists in the politics...
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Conflict and Coexistence: Archbishop Rodrigo and the Muslims and Jews of Medieval Spain
Conflict and Coexistence: Archbishop Rodrigo and the Muslims and Jews of Medieval Spain, by Lucy K. Pick. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2004. 239 pp. $65.00.Lucy Pick uses the figure of Rodrigo Jiménez de Rada, who was archbishop of Toledo...
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Enoch and Qumran Origins: New Light on a Forgotten Connection
Enoch and Qumran Origins: New Light on a Forgotten Connection, edited by Gabriele Boccaccini. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005. 472 pp. $40.00.This volume of collected essays is the product of the second Enoch Seminar held in Venice in July 2003. Fifty-three...
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Formulating Responses in an Egalitarian Age
Formulating Responses in an Egalitarian Age, edited by Marc D. Stern. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005. 228 pp. $34.95.How to respond to the modern egalitarian age which impacts on and may even threaten the religious observance of the Orthodox...
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Fratricide in the Holy Land: A Psychoanalytic View of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Fratricide in the Holy Land: A Psychoanalytic View of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, by Avner Falk. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press Terrace Books, 2004. 271 pp. $35.00.In his book Fratricide in the Holy Land, Avner Falk attempts to analyze the Arab...
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From Acculturation to Interaction: A New Perspective on the History of the Jews in Fin-De-Siècle Vienna
The article focuses on the question of Jewish identity in Vienna around the turn of the twentieth century. It departs from the thesis that the relationship between Jews and non-Jews cannot be described adequately by terms such as acculturation. Instead,...
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Gates of Bronze
Gates of Bronze, by Haim Hazaz, translated by S. Gershon Levi. Introduction by Robert Alter. New Milford, CT, and London: The Toby Press, 2005 (original Hebrew 1968, first English translation 1975). 518 pp. $14.95.Nearly ninety years on, it is difficult...
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Gebildete Doppelgänger: Bürgerliche Juden Und Protestanten Im 19. Jahrhundert
Gebildete Doppelgänger: Bürgerliche Juden und Protestanten im 19. Jahrhundert, by Uffa Jensen. Kritische Studien zur Geschichtswissenschaft 167 (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2005). 383 pp. euro46.90.Jensen's book examines the rise of antisemitism...
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Haskalah and Hasidism in the Kingdom of Poland: A History of Conflict
Haskalah and Hasidism in the Kingdom of Poland: A History of Conflict, by Marcin Wodzinski, translated by Sarah Cozens and Agnieszka Mirowska. Oxford & Portland: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2005. 335 pp. $59.50.This book by Marcin Wodzinski,...
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Households and Holiness: The Religious Culture of Israelite Women
Households and Holiness: The Religious Culture of Israelite Women, by Carol Meyers. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2005. 105 pp. $6.00.Carol Meyers has a distinguished career in biblical studies, and she has made pioneering contributions in the application...
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Imagining Lives: Autobiographical Fiction of Yiddish Writers
Imagining Lives: Autobiographical Fiction of Yiddish Writers, by Jan Schwarz. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2005. 241 pp. $45.00.In the second half of the twentieth century, following the decline of Yiddish as a language of non-religious life,...
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Josephus Geographicus
Josephus Geographicus, by Yuval Shahar, translated by Susan Weingarten. Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism 98. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2004. 305 pp. $149.50.Professor Shahar's Josephus Geographicus, which would be "Josephus Geographer" in English,...
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Jüdische Gemeinden, Vereine, Stiftungen Und Fonds: "Arisierung" Und Restitution
Jüdische Gemeinden, Vereine, Stiftungen und Fonds: "Arisierung" und Restitution, by Shoshana Duizend-Jensen. Veröffentlichungen der Österreichischen Historikerkommission, Bd. 21/2. Vienna-München: Oldenburg Verlag, 2004. 347 pp. euro49.80.Before the...
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Just A Jew Named Joe
Though heir to a long tradition of Jews in politics, Joseph Lieberman was the first Jew to be nominated by a major party for national office in the United States. As Democratic candidate for vice president in 2000, he received more popular votes than...
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Letter
To the Editor:The Summer 2006 issue of Shofar includes an article entitled "Smart." Its author, Michael E. Staub, ascribes to a 1999 book of mine the following opinions: the intellectual achievement of Jews is historically due to their religion; continued...
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Maimonides
Maimonides, by Sherwin B. Nuland. New York: Schocken, 2005. 233 pp. $19.95.The last few years have seen the publication of numerous studies focusing on Maimonides and his oeuvre. The impetus, of course, was the eight-hundredth anniversary of Maimonides'...
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Making Wise the Simple: The Torah in Christian Faith and Practice
Making Wise the Simple: The Torah in Christian Faith and Practice, by Johanna W. H. Van Wijk-Bos. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. 2005. 329 pp. $20.00.Professor van Wijk-Bos is a prolific writer on the intersection of Hebrew Bible and contemporary Christian,...
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Men and Women: Gender, Judaism and Democracy
Men and Women: Gender, Judaism and Democracy, edited by Rachel Elior. Jerusalem and New York: Urim Publications, Lambda Publishers, Inc. and the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, 2004. 214 pp. $22.00.Elior's most recent edited publication, Men and Women:...
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Mordecai and Me, an Appreciation of a Kind
Mordecai and Me, an Appreciation of a Kind, by Joel Yanofsky. Calgary: Red Deer Press, 2003. 336 pp. $34.95CDN. $24.95US.The first-name intimacy of Joel Yanofsky's title-Mordecai and Me-implies that this book grows out of a close relationship between...
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Moses Levy of Florida: Jewish Utopian and Antebellum Reformer
Moses Levy of Florida: Jewish Utopian and Antebellum Reformer, by C. S. Monaco. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2005. 240 pp. $44.95.Students of the American past are increasingly being urged to heed the call of "trans-Atlantic history,"...
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Philo's Flaccus, the First Pogrom: Introduction, Translation and Commentary
Philo's Flaccus, The First Pogrom: Introduction, Translation and Commentary, by Pieter W. van der Horst. Leiden: Brill, 2003. 277 pages. $109.00.Professor van der Horst's introduction, translation, and commentary of Philo's In Flaccum is the second volume...
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Poverty and Charity in the Jewish Community of Medieval Egypt
Poverty and Charity in the Jewish Community of Medieval Egypt, by Mark R. Cohen. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005. 312pp. $39.50.This illuminating study of private and public charity centers upon the large Jewish community of medieval Cairo...
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R. B. Kitaj: The Tate Fiasco and Some Key History Paintings
R. B. Kitaj, who had been one of the major figures in the European painting scene since 1960, was given a retrospective at the Tate Gallery in 1994. This tribute, a great honor for any artist whether living or deceased, resulted in a disastrous reception...
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Rereading the Mishnah: A New Approach to Ancient Jewish Texts
Rereading the Mishnah: A New Approach to Ancient Jewish Texts, by Judith Hauptman. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2005. Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism, Texte und Studien zum Antiken Judentum, 109. 285 pp. $185.00.This work contains the results of many...
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Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry: From the Golden Age of Spain to Modern Times
Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry: From the Golden Age of Spain to Modern Times, edited by Zion Zohar. New York: New York University Press, 2005. 343 pp. $65.00 (c); $22.00 (p). ISBN 0-814797059 (c); 0-814797067 (p).At the outset, it should be noted that it...
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Song of Songs
Song of Songs, by Richard S. Hess. Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic Press, 2005. 285 pp. $29.95.The Baker Commentary series to which this book belongs is directed primarily to clergy and seminary students,...
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Talking with Christians: Musings of a Jewish Theologian
Talking with Christians: Musings of a Jewish Theologian, by David Novack. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2005. 269 pp. $25.00.Over the past few decades, there has been a dramatic and improved shift in Christian and Jewish visions of the other...
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The Budding of Modern Hebrew Creativity in Babylon/The Collected Essays of Rabbi Shelomo Bekhor Hutsin
The Budding of Modern Hebrew Creativity in Babylon, by Lev Hakak. Or Yeudah: The Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center, 2003. 372 pp. (in Hebrew).The Collected Essays of Rabbi Shelomo Bekhor Hutsin, by Lev Hakak. Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2005. 281 pp....
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The Cambridge Companion to American Judaism
The Cambridge Companion to American Judaism, edited by Dana Evan Kaplan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. 462 pp. $27.99.Like other volumes in the Cambridge Companion to Religion series, this work presents a number of essays dealing with...
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The Chosen: Defining American Judaism
While Chaim Potok's novel The Chosen remains one of the most popular works of Jewish fiction, it has not generally been regarded as a critical success. In contrast with authors such as Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, Potok is often charged with presenting...
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The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World
The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World, by Matthew Stewart. New York: W. W. Norton, 2006. 351 pp. $25.95.In The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World, Matthew...
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The Faces of Janus: English-Language Fiction by German-Speaking Exiles in Great Britain, 1933-1945
The Faces of Janus: English-language Fiction by German-speaking Exiles in Great Britain, 1933-1945, by Nicole Bronnhuber. Oxford/Berne/Berlin/Brussels/Frankfurt a. M./New York/Vienna: Peter Lang, 2005. 240 pp. $52.95.This study considers the work of...
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The Great Latke Hamantash Debate
The Great Latke Hamantash Debate, edited by Ruth Fredman Cernea. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006. 216 pp. $18.00.Almost sixty years ago, the University of Chicago became the site of what has subsequently evolved into a profoundly significant...
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The Holocaust Novel
The Holocaust Novel, by Efraim Sicher. New York and London: Routledge, 2005. 261 pp. $22.36.The Holocaust Novel by Efraim Sicher is an excellent overview of the fundamentals for any basic study of the Holocaust novel. The book is thoroughly researched...
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The Jewish Calendar-A Mix of Astronomy and Theology
The lunisolar Jewish calendar is an example par excellence of "time engineering." It is based on the relation between the mean period of the lunar motion about the earth and the mean period of the earth about the sun (the tropical year). This relation...
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The Nonverbal Language of Prayer
The Nonverbal Language of Prayer, by Uri Ehrlich. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2004. 303 pp. euro89.80.An appreciation of Uri Ehrlich's Nonverbal Language of Prayer ought to begin with the background against which the book was written. Academic study of Talmudic...
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The Rise of Modern Yiddish Culture
The Rise of Modern Yiddish Culture, by David E. Fishman. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005. 190 pp. $30.00.As of late, there has been no shortage of books on Yiddish. Ranging from popular to semi-academic to academic works, dozens of recent...
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The Sermon and Other Stories
The Sermon and Other Stories, by Haim Hazaz. Various translators. Introduction by Dan Miron. New Milford, CT, and London: The Toby Press, 2005. 355 pp. $14.95.The Toby Press's collection of Haim Hazazs stories is cause for celebration. Critics generally...
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The Stains of Culture: An Ethno-Reading of Karaite Jewish Women
The Stains of Culture: An Ethno-Reading of Karaite Jewish Women, by Ruth Tsoffar. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2006. 245 pp. $27.95.I am probably the wrong person to be reviewing Ruth Tsoffar's book. The reader is repeatedly reminded of the...
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The Struggle for Soviet Jewry in American Politics: Israel versus the American Jewish Establishment
The Struggle for Soviet Jewry in American Politics: Israel Versus the American Jewish Establishment, by Fred A. Lazin. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2005. 356 pp. $34.95.Fred A. Lazin has written an interesting and informative account of how both the United...
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The Unchosen: The Hidden Lives of Hasidic Rebels
The Unchosen: The Hidden Lives of Hasidic Rebels, by Hella Winston. Boston: Beacon Press, 2005. 212 pp. $23.95.Within the past five years or so there has been a spate of fiction and non-fiction books published about Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox Jews....
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To the End of the Earth: A History of the Crypto-Jews of New Mexico
To the End of the Earth: A History of the Crypto-Jews of New Mexico, by Stanley M. Hordes. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005. 348 pp. $39.50.According to this publication, a substantial number of "secret" or crypto-Jews who fled the Spanish Inquisition...
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Why Aren't Jewish Women Circumcised? Gender and Covenant in Judaism
Why Aren't Jewish Women Circumcised? Gender and Covenant in Judaism, by Shaye J. D. Cohen. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005. 317 pp. $39.95.No, Jewish women were never circumcised, despite a few misleading claims and reports, and no, Shaye...
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Women's Voices: New Perspectives for the Christian-Jewish Dialogue
Women's Voices: New Perspectives for the Christian-Jewish Dialogue, edited by Helen Fry, Rachel Montagu, and Lynne Scholefield. London: SCM, 2005. 241 pp. $25.00.This book presents the fruits of a dialogue group of Jewish and Christian women who have...
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