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. 28, No. 2, Winter

Abraham's Journey: Reflections on the Life of the Founding Patriarch
Abraham's Journey: Reflections on the Life of the Founding Patriarch, by Joseph B. Soloveitchik, edited by David Shatz, Joel B. Wolowelsky, and Reuven Ziegler. Jersey City: KTAV Publishing House, 2008. 224 pp. $25.00.This volume on the biblical patriarch...
A Life (Un) Worthy of Living: Reproductive Genetics in Israel and Germany
A Life (Un) Worthy of Living: Reproductive Genetics in Israel and Germany, by Yael Hashiloni-Dolev. Series: International Library of Ethics, Law and the New Medicine, Vol. 34. Dordrecht, the Netherlands, Springer, 2007. 195 pp. euro94.95.This is a very...
Ancient Jewish Magic
Ancient Jewish Magic, by Gideon Bohak. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. 483 pp. £70.00 / $135.00.This book represents an academic tour- de-force, based on die author's vast knowledge of ancient source material and modern scholarship; the...
And from There You Shall Seek
And From There you Shall Seek, by Joseph B. Soloveitchik, translated by Naomi Goldblum. Jersey City: Ktav Publishing House, 2008, 230 pp. $29.50.This translation of Joseph Soloveitchik's 1978 Hebrew-language publication will further add to his reputation...
"And Thou Shalt Bind Them as a Sign upon Thy Hand": Eve's Tattoo and the Holocaust Consumer
The eponymous Eve of Eve's Tattoo acquires a tattoo based on a photograph of an anonymous woman from Auschwitz. New York writer Eve Flick seeks to memorialize all victims of Nazi genocide by performing their death stories, but instead plays out her own...
Benjamin Disraeli
Benjamin Disraeli, by Adam Kirsch. New York: Nextbook and Schocken, 2008. 258 pp. $21.00.Adam Kirsch 's biography, Benjamin Disraeli, is a recent installment of the notable "Nextbook" collaboration with Schocken Press, a respected and frequently cutting-edge...
Crisis, Revolution, and Russian Jews
Crisis, Revolution, and Russian Jews, by Jonathan Frankel. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. 324 pp. $85.00.This collection of essays by Jonathan Frankel, written over a span of twentyfive years, is fitting testament to a man whose recent passing...
Frank Stella's Polish Village Series and Related Works: Heritage and Alliance
Frank Stella, who has maintained a star profile on the international art scene for decades, created a number of works of art which reflect interest in Jewish and Holocaust subject matter in an abstract vocabulary. A Catholic, Stella reveals in his black...
How Jewish Is Jewish History
How Jewish is Jewish History?, by Moshe Rosman. Oxford and Portland, Oregon: The Liftman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2007. 220 pp. $24.95.Moshe Rosman recognizes that postmodernism has changed the way historians approach their craft, but he rejects...
Innocent Abroad
Innocent Abroad, by Martin Indyk. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2009. 494 pp. $30.00.Almost a decade after Bill Clinton's departure from the White House his ambitious effort to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict and its failure remain the focus of considerable...
Itineraries in Conflict: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Political Lives of Tourism
Itineraries in Conflict: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Political Lives of Tourism, by Rebecca L. Stein. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008. 232 pp. $22.95.Itineraries in Conflict stands out as a superb, original study that addresses aspects of...
Meneket Rivkah: A Manual of Wisdom and Piety for Jewish Women by Rivkah Bat Meir
Meneket Rivkah: A Manual of Wisdom and Piety for Jewish Women by Rivkah bat Meir, by Frauke von Rohden. Translation of Meneket Rivkah by Samuel Spinner. Translation of Introduction and Commentary by Maurice Tszorf. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society,...
Philo's Portrayal of Moses in the Context of Ancient Judaism
Philo's Portrayal of Moses in the Context of Ancient Judaism, by Louis H. Feldman. Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity Series, Vol. 15 . Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2007. 542 pp. $80.00.Professor Feldman is widely acknowledged to...
Plowshares into Swords: From Zionism to Israel
Plowshares into Swords: From Zionism to Israel, by Arno J. Mayer. London and New York: Verso, 2008. 432 pp. $34.95.When Arno Mayer retired following a solid career at Princeton, his agent suggested he write a memoir. Mayer decided instead to write Plowshares...
Poland's Threatening Other: The Image of the Jew from 1880 to the Present
Poland's Threatening Other: The Image of the Jew from 1880 to the Present, by Joanna Beata Michlic. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2006. 386 pp. $75.00.Arriving in the midst of acrimonious public debates in Poland (to which Joanna B. Michlic...
Professional Impostors and Authentic Jacksonian Jews: Negotiating Identity in Ben Katchor's the Jew of New York
This article analyzes issues of contested identity in Ben Katchor's 1998 graphic novel The Jew of New York. I argue that it is key to understand the historical context of early nineteenth-century America in which the novel takes place, the pull of "new...
Shalom Shar'abi and the Kabbalists of Beit El
Shalom Shar'abi and the Kabbalists of Beit El, by Pinchas Giller. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. 199 pp. $75.00.Pinchas Giller's new monograph succeeds on many levels and is an important contribution to the scholarship of Jewish mysticism....
Spin Explained: On Fallen Angels, Free Will, and Fixing the World
Spin is a short film (7 minutes) that portrays a supernatural DJ who "falls" to earth and attempts to bring harmony to a complex city scene. He does so by modifying nature in modest but mystical ways through manipulations of his turntables and mixer....
The Anti-Journalist: Karl Kraus and Jewish Self-Fashioning in Fin-De-Siècle Europe
The Anti-Journalist: Karl Kraus and Jewish Self-Fashioning in Fin-de-Siècle Europe, by Paul Reitter. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2008. 254 pp. $35.00.In the conclusion to The Anti-Journalist Paul Reitter points to a problem confronting...
The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany
The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany, by Susannah Heschel. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008. 339 pp. $29.95.A malevolent virus, which tragically afflicts Christianity, somehow impels Christians to defame Jews...
The Curious Conflation of Hanukkah and the Holocaust in Jewish Children's Literature
In recent years, a large number of Jewish children's books have twinned Hanukkah stories with Holocaust narratives. What brings these two groups of narratives together, and what meanings are provoked by their combination? In this article, I examine several...
The Future for Palestinian Refugees
The Future for Palestinian Refugees, by Michael Dumper. Boulder and London: Lynne Rienner, 2007. 233 pp. $55.00.This book explores solutions for the Palestinian refugees. It claims that "the study is an argument against the exceptionalism of the Palestinian-Israeli...
The Impact of the Holocaust in America: The Jewish Role in American Life: An Annual Review, Volume 6
The Impact of the Holocaust in America: The Jewish Role in American Life: An Annual Review, Volume 6, edited by Zev Garber. W. Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press for the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life, University...
The Jewish Role in American Life: An Annual Review, Vol. 5
The Jewish Role in American Life: An Annual Review, Vol. 5, edited by Bruce Zuckerman and Jeremy Schoenberg. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press 2007. 142 pp. $25.00.Zuckerman and Schoenberg's fifth volume of The Jewish Role in American...
The Quest for Jewish Assimilation in Modern Social Science
The Quest for Jewish Assimilation in Modern Social Science, by Amos Morris-Reich. Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought, Vol. 54. London: Roudedge, 2008. 193 pp. $95.00.In this short but interestingly conceived volume, Amos Morris-Reich presents...
The Road to Rescue: The Untold Story of Schindler's List
The Road to Rescue: The Untold Story of Schindler's List, by Mietek Pemper, translated by David Dollenmayer. New York; Other Press, 2008. 250 pages. $24.95.In a New York Times book review (December 26, 2008) of Thomas Keneally's memoir Searching for...
The Wandering Signifier: Rhetoric of Jewishness in the Latin American Imaginary
The Wandering Signifier: Rhetoric of Jewishness in the Latin American Imaginary, by Erin Graff Zivin. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008. 222 pp. $21.95.Erin Graff Zivin's Tfce Wandering Signifier: Rhetoric of Jewishness in the Latin American Imaginary...
Time and Life Cycle in Talmud and Midrash: Socio-Anthropological Perspectives
Time and Life Cycle in Talmud and Midrash: Socio-Anthropological Perspectives, by Nissan Rubin. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2008. 228 pp. $70.00.Nissan Rubin, Bar Ilan, summarizes his view of the sociological-anthropological perspective on Talmud...
Toward a Kashrut Nation in American Jewish Cookbooks, 1990-2000
This essay examines five significant cookbooks published between 1990 and 2000 to determine the relation between the sharp increase in emphasis during the 1990s on kashrut, on the Jewish dietary laws, in the introductions and recipes of commercially...
What Shall We Do with Myth: History and Midrash in the Retelling of the Exodus Story by an Israeli Writer
In her novella The Miracle Hater (Sone hanissim), Israeli writer Shulamith Hareven presents a reading of the biblical story of the Exodus that comes across as both history and midrash. Hareven's blending of historical and midrashic elements in The Miracle...
Wirtschaftsgeschichte der Mittelalterlichen Juden: Fragen Und Einschätzungen
Wirtschaftsgeschichte der mittelalterlichen Juden: Fragen und Einschätzungen, edited by Michael Toch. Schriften des Historischen Kollegs, Kolloquien 71. Munich: R. Oldenbourg Verlag, 2008. 218 + ix pp. euro49.80.This volume seeks to reevaluate the economic...
Yehuda Amichai: The Making of Israel's National Poet
Yehuda Amichai: The Making of Israel's National Poet, by Nili Scharf Gold. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England / Brandeis University Press, 2008. 445 pp. $35.00.Nili Sharf Gold's book is important because it contains a report on the life of...