Judaism: A Quarterly Journal of Jewish Life and Thought

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 3, Summer

Biblical Theology: Is It Good for the Jews?
OUR CENTURY HAS SEEN THE RISE AND FALL AND APPARENT rebirth of Biblical theology as a movement and as a discipline. After the heady days of Barth, von Rad, and Yehezkel Kaufman, all of whom tried to crystallize the teaching of the Hebrew Bible, the...
Detroit's Reactions to the Holocaust and the New Immigrants
TO SPEAK ABOUT REACTIONS OF AMERICAN JEWS TO the Holocaust often means asking discomfiting questions about what they did or did not do in the 1930s and 1940s. These questions, in turn, raise others about what American Jews knew, what could be believed,...
East European Jewish Detroit in the Early Twentieth Century
EAST EUROPEAN JEWISH DETROIT IN THE EARLY TWENTIETH century appears to us at the end of the century, at best, obliquely. Three valuable works of history written during the past generation by Olivier Zunz, Robert Rockaway, and Sidney Bolkosky provide...
Immigrant Jews in Paris, London, and New York: A Comparative Approach
I OFTEN THINK OF THE PROBLEM OF JEWS AND THE comparative urban experience as one of "Jews and the Bagel Question." Why is it that I cannot find a good bagel in Paris (unless it is flown in [frozen!] from New York)? The life of Jews in the modern diaspora...
Intersections and Modern Urban Identities: Isaac Bashevis Singer, American Jewish Writers, and the Jewish Street
THE MODERNISM OF THE GREAT WESTERN EUROPEAN fiction writers--James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and E. M. Forster particularly come to mind though many others could easily be added--was in part a strategy of cultural resistance to dominant mainstream, middle-class,...
Jewish Salamanca, Christian Learning, Modern Irony
SALAMANCA REMINDS THE JEWISH VISITOR OF JERUSALEM, especially of Jerusalem within the walls of the Old City. Many of Salamanca's public buildings-its two massive cathedrals, its distinguished university with its score of buildings-were completed in...
Jews and the Urban Experience
Introduction FOR THE PAST TWO AND A HALF CENTURIES,JEWISH LIFE has been inextricably bound up with urban society. It was in the city that Jews first faced the challenge of modem life: how to balance their religious and ethnic loyalties with their...
Projecting Culture: Jewish Art Historians and the History of Art History
LET ME BEGIN MY DISCUSSION OF JEWISH ART HISTORIANS and the history of art history with an early essay by Salo Baron written in 1928 soon after his emigration to New York from Vienna. The essay, "Ghetto and Emancipation: Shall We Revise the Traditional...
The Engendered Shema: Sarah-Echoes in the Name of Israel
RACHEL ADLER HAS PROPOSED THE "ENGENDERING" OF Judaism, a process that both reveals and repairs the "dis/remembering" of women in Jewish religious traditions. [1] Women's full inclusion in Jewish liturgy, she argues, necessitates supplying "missing...
The God Who Will Be and the Generations of Men: Time and the Torah
Eternity and the Generations of Men WHEN ASKED TO GIVE A TALK ON "TIME AND ETERNITY in the Christian and Jewish Traditions" for a Symposium on the Bible and Literature, [1] I was struck by how Christian this distinction suddenly seemed. The concept...
"The Midwife of His Rebirth": Henry Roth and Zion
HENRY ROTH BEGAN HIS REMARKABLE CAREER AS NOVELIST with a vivid image of displacement-the disorienting arrival of Genya and David Scheari on Ellis Island. And the Lower East Side in which the Jewish newcomers settle is a profoundly unsettling place....