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Vol. 27, Annual

Introduction
I am delighted to present to you Volume 27 of the Australian Journal of Jewish Studies, the contents of which, once again, cover a diversity of disciplines, time periods and geographical locations, drawn together simply by their being exemplars of...
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What Do We Actually Know about Ancient Hebrew
1. The Three Stage Theory of the History of Ancient Hebrew Using the sources available to them, by the end of the nineteenth century scholars had been able to construct an elegant theory of the history of Hebrew in the ancient period. The main evidence...
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Jewish Prayers for the Government
Introduction Loyalty to authority was always basic to Jewish ethics, which maintained that rulers and leaders were essential to human society. Without them, there would be anarchy: in the words of the Mishnah Pirkei Avoth (3:2) "people would eat...
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A White African Experience of Identity, Survival and Holocaust Memory
Introduction While Jewish identity can be expressed in Jewish languages, this is only possible for authors who speak and write these languages. This option may no longer exist for those who are assimilated or who have been hidden, and writing in...
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1942: A Year of Survival for Philippine Jews at the Edge of the Diaspora
Introduction When one views the year 1942 in historical perspective, it was very much a turning point in terms of Allied military victories and a growing worldwide awareness of the Holocaust. The 18 April 1942 Doolittle air raid on Tokyo and four...
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Music and the Continuity of Yiddish Language and Culture in Melbourne
Introduction Yiddish is widely recognised as being an endangered language (1) and is one of thousands of minority languages that are in decline as their speakers turn to more common and prevailing vernaculars such as English (Dalby 2003: ix). Scholars...
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Sympathy with the Perpetrators: Examining the Appropriation of Schlink's 'Der Vorleser' in the Film 'The Reader'
At the turn of the millennium, we face a situation that will change the way the Holocaust is remembered and memorialised. Remaining survivors of the genocide against the Jews of Europe are becoming fewer in number. The imperative to "share memories...
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Sharar Burla. 2013. Political Imagination in the Diaspora: The Construction of a Pro-Israeli Narrative
Sharar Burla. 2013. Political Imagination in the Diaspora: The Construction of a Pro-Israeli Narrative. Tel Aviv: Resling. Pp. 216. NISheqels 84. [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Dr Shahar Burla is an Israeli academic living in Sydney. His book...
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Yulia Egorova and Shahid Perwez. the Jews of Andhra Pradesh: Contesting Caste and Religion in South India
Yulia Egorova and Shahid Perwez. The Jews of Andhra Pradesh: Contesting Castle and Religion in South India. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2013. Pp. 224. ISBN: 9780199929214. (Hardback). $US65.00, 41.99 [pounds sterling]. Yulia Egorova and...
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Olga Gershenson. Gesher: Russian Theatre in Israel-A Atudy of Cultural Clonization
Olga Gershenson. Gesher: Russian Theatre in Israel--A Study of Cultural Colonization. Studies on Themes and Motifs in Literature, 77. New York: Peter Lang, 2005. Pp. xiv, 214. ISBN 0-8204-7615-3 (Paperback) $US39.95 It is extremely difficult not...
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Gabrielle Gouch. 2013. Once, Only the Swallows Were Free
Gabrielle Gouch. 2013. Once, Only the Swallows Were Free. Melbourne: Hybrid Publishers, 280 pages. ISBN: 9781921665998. (Paperback). $AU29.95. The Jewish world experienced four major historical developments in the twentieth century which significantly...
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Leibowitz: Faith, Country & Man
"Leibowitz: Faith, Country & Man". Three-hour documentary, written and directed by Uri Rosenwaks and Rinat Klein. Producers: Haim Slutzky and Dana Cohen of Dana Productions. Sponsored by Israel's Channel 8, AviChai Foundation and Rabinovich Foundation...
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Alfred Dreyfus: Man, Milieu, Mentality, and Midrash
Norman Simms, Alfred Dreyfus: Man, Milieu, Mentality, and Midrash. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2012. Pp. 300. ISBN-10:1936235390 /ISBN-13: 978-1936235391. (Hardcover) $US49.50. Norman Simms's bizarre treatise on Alfred Dreyfus and the traumatic...
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Norman Simms, in the Context of His Times: Alfred Dreyfus as Lover, Intellectual, Poet, and Jew
Norman Simms, In The Context of His Times: Alfred Dreyfus as Lover, Intellectual, Poet, and Jew. Boston: Academic Studies Press, Reference Library of Jewish Intellectual History, 2013. Pp. 350. ISBN-10: 16181122368; ISBN-13: 978-1618112361 (Hardcover)...
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Leonie Star. 2013. England's Ethnic Cleansing of the Jews
Leonie Star. 2013. England's Ethnic Cleansing of the Jews. Glen Waverley: Sid Harta Publishers, pp. i-xx, 341. ISBN-10: 1922086576 and ISBN-13: 9781922086570 (paperback) $AU29.95; $US 18.85. Leonie Star's latest book, England's Ethnic Cleansing...
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Margaret Taft. 2013. from Victim to Survivor: The Emergence and Development of the Holocaust Witness 1941-1949
Margaret Taft. 2013. From Victim to Survivor: The Emergence and Development of the Holocaust Witness 1941-1949. London: Vallentine Mitchell, Pp. 220. ISBN 9780853039761 (cloth) As Konrad Kwiet observes in the Foreword to Margaret Taft's newly published...
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Vol. 26, Annual

Editorial Introduction
Readers will find as they leaf through this edition of the Australian Journal of Jewish Studies that, somewhat serendipitously, a common theme unites a number of the articles, that being a look at the Whitlam years, Prime Minster Gough Whitlam's policy...
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Australia and the "Yom Kippur" War of 1973
The profound hurt caused by the Whitlam Government's "neutral and even handed" Middle East policies still lingered on more than 30 years later among prominent Australian Jewish leaders such as Isi Leibler (1) and Sam Lipski. (2) In 2007 Leibler claimed...
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Reflections on Chanan Reich's Australia and the "Yom Kippur" War of 1973
The central issue of Chanan Reich's interesting and well-researched article is the role of Gough Whitlam as the exception to the support which Australian governments have given Israel, and the lasting resentment ("indignation") felt by Australian Jews...
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Whitlam's Shifts in Foreign Policy 1972-1975: Israel and Soviet Jewry
Whitlam's Foreign Policy In December 1972, the ALP was elected to power after 23 years in the political wilderness. Gough Whitlam's tenure lasted for less than three years and was a time of political turmoil. He was forced to go to an election in...
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The Dilemma of Missing Soldiers in Contemporary Israeli Literature: Narratives of Quest and Deviation
Much attention has been devoted to fallen soldiers in Israeli Hebrew literature. Their standing is clearly evident--in poetry, prose, and drama--both in texts that hallow and glorify the act of sacrifice, and in critical, dissident texts of political...
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What They Served at the Banquet for the Wedding of Shim'on Nathan's Daughter: Considerations on the Sense of Tsvi, in Sources from East and West
Introduction "What did Gitl cook, and what did Cicikov eat?" is the title of a Hebrew article by Itamar Even-Zohar, published in the first few pages of the October 1976 issue of HaSifrut. Our present study uses a literary text as a springboard for...
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Does Education Influence Self-Esteem? A Case Study of Three Generations of Iraqi Jewish Women in an Israeli Development Town
Introduction The purpose of this study was to analyse the self-esteem (hereafter SE) of three generations of Jewish women of Iraqi descent living in a development town (hereafter DT) in the southern periphery of Israel. It should be noted that the...
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The Search for Nazi War Criminals in Australia
Leslie Caplan. The Road to the Menzies Inquiry: Suspected War Criminals in Australia, Preface by Suzanne D. Rutland and Introduction by Sophie Caplan. Darlinghurst, NSW: Australian Jewish Historical Society Inc., 2012. Pp. 170. ISBN: 9780987105592...
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Dvir Abramovich, Hebrew Classics: A Journey through Israel's Timeless Fiction and Poetry
Dvir Abramovich, Hebrew Classics: A Journey Through Israel's Timeless Fiction and Poetry. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2012. Pp. 175. ISBN 9781936235940, cloth $US55.00. In this book Abramovich brings together classic Hebrew novels, short stories...
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Elana Benjamin, My Mother's Spice Cupboard: A Journey from Baghdad to Bombay to Bondi
Elana Benjamin, My Mother's Spice Cupboard: A journey from Baghdad to Bombay to Bondi. Melbourne: Hybrid Publishers, 2012. Pp. xiv, 229. ISBN: 97819921665554. (Paperback) $AUD24.95 Elana Benjamin has written a warm, highly readable and engaging...
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Robert A. Burt, in the Whirlwind-God and Humanity in Conflict
Robert A. Burt, In the Whirlwind--God and Humanity in Conflict. Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA): Harvard University Press, 2012: Pp. iixx; 382. ISBN 978067406566-6. Clothbound. $US29.95 "I believe with perfect faith that the Creator, blessed be His...
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Elisheva Carlebach, Palaces of Time: Jewish Calendar and Culture in Early Modern Europe
Elisheva Carlebach, Palaces of Time: Jewish Calendar and Culture in Early Modern Europe. Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, England: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011. Pp. 304. ISBN 9780674052543 (Hardcover) $US35.00, UK25.95 [pounds...
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Isaiah Gruber, Orthodox Russia in Crisis. Church and Nation in the Time of Troubles
Isaiah Gruber, Orthodox Russia in Crisis. Church and Nation in the Time of Troubles. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2012. Pp. xi & 299. ISBN 9780875804460. (Clothbound) $US48.00. The year 2013 marks the four hundredth anniversary...
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Andrew Markus and Moshe Semyonov (Editors), Immigration and Nation Building: Australia and Israel Compared
Andrew Markus and Moshe Semyonov (Editors), Immigration and Nation Building: Australia and Israel Compared. Cheltenham UK and Northhampton Mass. USA: Edward Elgar, 2010. Pp. xi & 199. ISBN 9781849800631 (Hardback) [pounds sterling]UK65; $US110.00...
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Barry Rubin, Israel: An Introduction
Barry Rubin, Israel: An Introduction. New Haven CT.: Yale University Press, 2012. Pp. 352. ISBN: 9780300162301. (Paperback) $US30. This helpful book does exactly what it sets out to do, providing "an introductory text about Israel for both students...
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Ziva Shavitsky, the Mystery of the Ten Lost Tribes: A Critical Survey of Historical and Archaeological Records Relating to the People of Israel in Exile in Syria, Mesopotamia and Persia Up to Ca
Ziva Shavitsky, The Mystery of the Ten Lost Tribes: A Critical Survey of Historical and Archaeological Records relating to the People of Israel in Exile in Syria, Mesopotamia and Persia up to ca. 300 BCE. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing,...
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The Washington Haggadah by Joel Ben Simeon: A Fifteenth Century Manuscript from the Library of Congress
The Washington Haggadah by Joel ben Simeon: a Fifteenth Century Manuscript from the Library of Congress, With Introduction and Translation by David Stern; Introduction by Katrin Kogman-Appel. Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, England: Belknap Press...
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Halina Wagowska, the Testimony
Halina Wagowska, The Testimony. Richmond, Vic.: Hardie Grant Books, 2012. Pp. 224. ISBN13 9781742703572 (Paperback) $24.95 For many years following the end of World War II, Holocaust survivors focused on rebuilding their lives and were hesitant...
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Nadia Abu El-Haj, the Genealogical Science: The Search for Jewish Origins and the Politics of Epistemology
Nadia Abu El-Haj, The Genealogical Science: The Search for Jewish Origins and the Politics of Epistemology. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2012. Pp. ix, 311. ISBN-13: 9780226201405 (Cloth) $US35.00. When more than twenty years...
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Vol. 25, Annual

Editorial Introduction
This is the 25th volume of the Australian Journal of Jewish Studies, marking an important milestone and a significant achievement in the field of Jewish Studies in Australia. Evan Zuesse, the founding editor, expounded his vision for the Journal (initially...
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Political Uses of the Hebrew Bible in Current Israeli Discourse: Transcending Right and Left
The United States and Israel are often seen as the most religiously minded of modern nations. In both these countries, political discourse is often underscored by Christian or Jewish articles of faith, and frequently laced by biblical allusions. Even...
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The Curious Case of Kafka, His Papers, the Library and the Archive
The eminent Kafka scholar Stanley Corngold tells an anecdote of giving a guest lecture on Kafka in Philadelphia in the 1980s and being asked what Kafka was like "in the original Czech" (Corngold 1994:91). I was reminded of this story recently when...
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Beauty in the Eye of the Matchmaker: How Religious Zionist Matchmakers in Israel Deal with Their Clients' Desire to Find Beautiful Partners
Introduction Jewish sources devote relatively little attention to defining norms or boundaries for human beauty, though they certainly do not reject beauty as an admirable feature meriting cultivation, provided that it is employed to serve the higher...
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"The New Jew" in the Zionist Movement: Ideology and Historiography
Introduction The archetype of "the New Jew" was created during the radical change in the life of the Jewish people during the Enlightenment in Europe. As the Jews became integrated as citizens in modern states, alongside changes in their legal status...
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Russians, Jews, and Hebrew: The Makings of Ambivalence
Zvi Gitelman entitled his popular and highly regarded text on Russian Jewish history from 1881 to post-Soviet times, A Century of Ambivalence. Why "ambivalence," which the Oxford English Dictionary defines as, "The coexistence in one person of contradictory...
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"All a Myth? Come and See for Yourself." Place as Holocaust Witness in Survivor and Second Generation Memoirs of Return
As long ago as 1993, James E. Young noted that "as many people now visit Holocaust memorials every year as died during the Holocaust itself" (Young 1993:x). Since then, the number of visitors has increased substantially: 1.38 million were recorded...
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Louis Miller, the Warheit, and the Kehillah of New York, 1908-1909
I. This article has two main goals. The first is to present yet another chapter of modern Jewish history, more specifically that of the great Jewish migration to the United States. The second goal is to present one of the most significant aspects...
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Israel Connectedness: Australian, United States and English Survey Findings Compared
In recent years, there has emerged in American discussion a "distancing thesis", which posits that the attachment of American Jews to Israel, particularly those of the younger generation, has declined. This development, it is argued, is evident when...
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In the Desert of the Other: Identity and Lucrimax in Modern Hebrew Fiction
"We were like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and so we were in theirs." Numbers 13:33 If it is true that "Nation" is an "imagined community" (Anderson 1991), then national identity must also have been created by the imagination. In this paper I want...
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Racheline Barda. Egyptian-Jewish Emigres in Australia
Racheline Barda. Egyptian-Jewish Emigres in Australia. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2011. pp. 441. Until the middle of the twentieth century, some 75,000 Jews lived in Egypt. Like most of the Jewries of the Islamic world, this was a community with...
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Edwin Black. the Farhud: Roots of the Arab-Nazi Alliance in the Holocaust
Edwin Black. The Farhud: Roots of the Arab-Nazi Alliance in the Holocaust. Washington DC: Dialog Press, 2010. pp. xvi+448. In the previous edition of this Journal, Philip Mendes reviewed a book titled Al-Farhud: The 1941 Pogrom in Iraq, edited by...
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Martin Gilbert. in Ishmael's House: A History of Jews in Muslim Lands
Martin Gilbert. In Ishmael's House: A History of Jews in Muslim Lands. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2010. pp. xxiii+424. ISBN 978-0-300-16715-3. The distinguished historian, Sir Martin Gilbert, tells the story of the Jews who lived...
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Jamie Glazov. United in Hate: The Left's Romance with Tyranny and Terror
Jamie Glazov. United in Hate: the Left's Romance With Tyranny and Terror. California: WND Books, 2009. pp. xiii+264. ISBN 9781935071600 On the face of it, a scholarly study of the relationship between the far left and political Islam is a worthwhile,...
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Norman Podhoretz, Why Are Jews Liberal? New York: Doubleday
Norman Podhoretz, Why are Jews Liberal? New York: Doubleday, 2009. pp. 337. In 2008, in the pages of this journal, Isabelle Macgregor laid out several factors for the somewhat surprising political "swing to the Right" of Australian Jews, including...
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Michael E. Stone. Selected Poems
Michael E. Stone. Selected Poems. Metulla, ISRAEL: Cyclamens and Swords Publishing. 2010. [Available from the publishers, Cyclamens and Swords Publishing, P.O. Box 21, Metulla, ISRAEL. http://www. cyclamensandswords.com] Michael Stone is a leading...
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Vol. 24, Annual

Editorial Introduction
This is my first year as Editor of the Australian Journal of Jewish Studies, having assumed the role from Professor Ziva Shavitsky and Dr Dvir Abramovich, who have retired after editing the Journal for the past eight years. My thanks to them both for...
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Is There a Distinct Jewish Way of Thinking?
It may be the height of folly to answer this question, but surely no more foolish than to ask it. Jewish civilization has not only been highly literate, but it is also uniquely found dispersed among other civilizations from its post-exilic period,...
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"In Search of the Thing Itself": Animals and Africans in the Art of Three Jewish Women: Maya Deren (1917-1961), Clarice Lispector (1920-1977) and Helene Cixous (1937-)
When I began to research the work of these three artists, I discovered many surprising and striking confluences in their creative imaginations. The reasons I decided to focus on animals and Africans in this paper are twofold. First, since my Lebanese...
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Hebrew Fiction in the Post-Eichmann Period
In his book of essays published posthumously, one of Israel's greatest literary critics, Gershon Shaked, writes about the impact the Eichmann trial had on Hebrew fiction: the trial "... exposed the Jewish community in Israel to the horrors of annihilation...
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The Encounter of Shlichim with the Australian Jewish Community
Introduction Shlichim from Israel who go to a Diaspora Jewish community share, in most cases, very little, from a cultural perspective, with the local Jewish community. While Shlichim come from a distinctly Israeli background, the local Jewish community's...
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The "Jewish Threat" and the Origins of the American Surveillance State: A Case Study of the Untermyer Family
Christopher Capozzola has recently suggested that World War I marked the birth of the surveillance state in the United States. Although America's German and German-American communities were initially the main focus of attention, Capozzola notes a nearly...
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The Comintern and the Left Poale Zion, 1919-1922
The early history of the communist movement in Palestine is bound up with two main developments of the international labour movement: one is the rise of the Jewish labour movement in Soviet Russia during the years that followed the October Revolution,...
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"Father, Forgive Them, for They Know Not What They Do": Reflections on Luke 23:34a, Kol Nidre and the Atonement
Two Jewish thinkers, Jonathan Sacks (2008) and David Daube (1961) have both suggested that Jesus' cry in Luke 23:34a has affinities with the Kol Nidre prayers in the Yom Kippur liturgy. This paper takes these statements as its launching point to discuss...
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"Love Thy Neighbor": Challenging the Notion of In-Group Morality in the Bible
"One should accept the truth from whatever source it proceeds" Maimonides (see Weiss 1975, and Hertz 1945). While some hold the opinion that a sage in ancient Israel required the mental acumen of a genius, exemplified by the uncanny ability to prove...
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Marianne Dacy. the Separation of Early Christianity from Judaism
Marianne Dacy. The Separation of Early Christianity from Judaism. New York: Cambria Press, 2009. Pp. vii + 356. Hardcover. $120.00. Marianne Dacy's book is a welcome addition to the ever-growing field of scholarship on the separation of Christianity...
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Henry Felix Srebrnik Jerusalem on the Amur: Birobidzhan and the Canadian Jewish Communist Movement, 1924-1951
Henry Felix Srebrnik Jerusalem on the Amur: Birobidzhan and the Canadian Jewish Communist Movement, 1924-1951. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2008. The Canadian Jewish academic Henry Srebrnik has long been an astute observer of the Jewish...
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Shmuel Moreh and Zvi Yehuda (Eds), Al-Farhud: The 1941 Pogrom in Iraq
Shmuel Moreh and Zvi Yehuda (eds), Al-Farhud: The 1941 Pogrom in Iraq. Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism. Jerusalelm: Hebrew University Magnes Press, 2010. To date, international concern with Middle East refugees has...
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Anne Sarzin and Lisa Miranda Sarzin. Hand in Hand: Jewish and Indigenous People Working Together
Anne Sarzin and Lisa Miranda Sarzin. Hand in Hand: Jewish and Indigenous People Working Together. Sydney: Write 4 U (NSW). Paperback. $30.00 Every now and then a book emerges with the potential to inspire in readers a commitment to action for social...
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M. Avrum Ehrlich (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture
M. Avrum Ehrlich (ed.), Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture 3 volumes. Santa Barbara: ABC Clio, 2009. This is a very well-produced, valuable, and rather unusual three-volume encyclopedia of Jewish life in the Diaspora....
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Yoram Bilu, the Saints' Impresarios: Dreamers, Healers and Holy Men in Israel's Urban Periphery
Yoram Bilu, The Saints' Impresarios: Dreamers, Healers and Holy Men in Israel's Urban Periphery (Translated by Haim Watzman). Brighton, MA: Academic Studies Press, 2010: iv, 354. ISBN 978-1934843-71-0. Originally published in Hebrew by Haifa University...
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Vol. 23, Annual

Testing the Limits of Holocaust Representation in Modern Israeli Literature
In an essay entitled The Second Life of Holocaust Imagery Norma Rosen writes that the Holocaust literature of the second generation is "[a] call to the imagination of a people to repair the work of reality--to recreate a destroyed world by infusing...
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The Gentleman and the Rogue: Jewish Protagonists in Lessing's the Jews and Dani Levy's Go for Zucker!
Introduction As a reading of Lessing's 1749 play The Jews together with Dani Levy's 2005 feature film Go for Zucker!, this article argues that, despite a separation of two-and-a-half tumultuous centuries, there are important themes connecting these...
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Attitude to the Temple in the Damascus Document and the Temple Scroll
The textual evidence for the relationship between the sectarian movements that produced the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Jerusalem Temple is complex. Undoubtedly, the Damascus Document is one of the most important sources of information on the early history...
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The Decalogue and the Egyptian Book of the Dead
The Ten Commandments, given to the children of Israel at Mt Sinai, is a historically situated document. It did not appear de novo in the cultural world of the ancient Near East. In terms of other legally oriented texts, there is the celebrated Codex...
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A Refugee's Cry: Brenner's "The Way Out"
This year a different thing happened ... This year Brenner was not read in the same way. When I walked into the classroom it felt as if I was joining a mourning session, but without knowing if we were there to give or accept condolences. The class...
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The Strange Phenomenon of Jewish Anti-Zionism: Self-Hating Jews or Protectors of Universalistic Principles?
In the last five years, close to ten major books have been published on Jewish anti-Zionists and other Jewish critics of Israel (Farber 2005a; Figes 2008; Karpf, et al 2008a; Kovel 2007; Kushner & Solomon 2005a; Loewenstein 2006, 2007a; Marqusee...
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Jeremy Salt, the Unmaking of the Middle East: A History of Western Disorder in Arab Lands
Jeremy Salt, The Unmaking of the Middle East: A History of Western Disorder in Arab Lands. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008. ISBN 9780520255517. Jeremy Salt claims that his purpose in writing this book is to inform the general reader...
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Benny Morris, One State, Two States: Resolving the Israel/Palestine Conflict
Benny Morris, One State, Two States: Resolving the Israel/ Palestine Conflict. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009. ISBN 9780300122817. Discussions of potential solutions to the Israeli/Palestine conflict fall into two principal categories. The...
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Vol. 22, Annual

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Language of Binary Opposition: A Structuralist/post-Structuralist Approach
The Qumran corpus has been rigorously explored in relation to the Hebrew language and its evolution, but little attention has been devoted to elements of "binary opposition" (pairs of theoretical opposites, often organised in a hierarchy) inherent...
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Re-Covering Woman as Religious Subject: Reflections on Jewish Women and Hair-Covering
Beginning with the rabbis of the Talmud there is an ongoing debate throughout Jewish legal history about the nature of law and its relationship to societal change: Is a particular law ahistorical and equally applicable through time or is it and has...
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Australian Jewry's Conservative Voting Swing
The initial Jewish voting allegiance to the ALP Between the late 1940s and early 1960s there was a clear Jewish ALP voting preference. From his 1947 sample of Melbourne Jews, Ronald Taft found that 75 per cent voted Labor. In 1962, Peter Medding...
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John Pilger on Israel/Palestine: A Critical Analysis of His Views and Sources
Introduction The Australian-born journalist John Pilger is recognised internationally as a vigorous advocate of left-wing causes. Included within this perspective is his strong support for the Palestinian struggle against Israel. Pilger's discourse...
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The Making of a Jewish Folk Hero: The Maharal in the Golem of Prague
But amid th[e] frenzy of Judeo-Christian interaction, one figure stands out. He was born in the early sixteenth century and died in Prague in 1609. The most original Jewish thinker of his time, he led a tireless campaign against the intellectual persecution...
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What Is in a Busby, What Is in a Top-Hat: Tall Hats, and the Politics of Jewish Identity and Social Positioning
1. Introduction On the face of it, this is an article about costume. At a deeper level, it fits at the interface of material culture and the history of ideas within Jewish societies, about their place in hosting societies. As early as Amoraic Babylonia,...
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Mike Marqusee, If I Am Not for Myself: Journal of an Anti-Zionist Jew
Mike Marqusee, If I Am Not For Myself: Journal of an Anti-Zionist Jew. London: Verso, 2008. 307pp. ISBN 9781844672141 From Marx to Chomsky, there have always been some Jewish radicals willing to exploit their own religious and cultural origins...
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Conjuring Egypt in Israeli Literature: Yitzhak Gormezano Goren's Blanche
Introduction In the last two decades, Israeli literature has undergone radical shifts in postures and attitudes, evolutions that mark an abrupt reorientation of the old Zionist narrative structures. Such changes contained the kernel of a new phase...
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