Judaism: A Quarterly Journal of Jewish Life and Thought

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 4, Fall

Akiba: Sage in Search of the Messiah; a Closer Look
As far back as 1972 I suggested that PRDS in the Tannaitic sources (in which four sages entered PRDS and only one came out "in peace") should be read PARADOS rather than PARDES, making it the Hebraized form of the Greek PARADOSIS, hence a probing (by...
Asser Levy
This year is the 338th anniversary of the arrival of the first Jews in North America; in early September, 1654, a small party of twenty-three Jewish refugees from Recife, Northern Brazil, landed in Manhattan. In January of that year they had left South...
Footprints, Traces, Remnants: The Operations of Memory in Dan Pagis' "Aqebot." (Poem Discussing Narrator's Journey through Past and Return to Present Life)
Footprints [Aqebot] "From Heaven to the heaven of heavens to the heaven of night" - Yannai Against my will I was continued by this cloud: restless, gray, (1) trying to forget in the horizon, which always receded Hail failing hard, (2) like...
Imagining Argentina
In The Old Patagonian Express, the celebrated travel writer, Paul Theroux, calls Buenos Aires the city of melancholy and nostalgia. One need only listen to the music of Carlos Gardel, the town's most legendary singer of tangos, to know that it is true....
Is There Afterlife after Auschwitz? Reflections on Life after Death in the 20th Century
Do Jews Believe in the Afterlife? There is a story told about an eighty-five year old Jewish woman who was in a convalescent hospital, dying. Her concerned daughter wanted to do all she could to help the elderly woman in her final days and weeks....
Reluctant Partners: Juan Peron and the Jews of Argentina, 1946-1955
Introduction The purpose of this paper is to present the relationship between Juan and Eva Peron and the Jews during Peron's first term in office from 1946 to 1955,(1) and the balance sheet of how the Jewish community fared under this volatile...
Take My Wife, Please: On the Utility of the Wife/sister Motif
Three times in the book of Genesis we are told of a husband passing his wife off as his sister lest he be killed by those who desire her. In Genesis 12:10-20, Abraham deceives the Egyptians about Sarah's status. (At this point in the Bible, Abraham...
The Hebrew Roots of the English Language
was there ever a single original language that was spoken by all of the earth's inhabitants? According to the well-known story of the Tower of Babel, in Genesis 11: 1-9, the answer, of course, is yes. For, once upon a time, "All the earth had the same...
Unbinding Mother Rebekah
How long was the moment when Isaac lay bound on the altar, his neck exposed to Father Abraham's knife, with all of the Jewish future hanging in the balance? Certainly it was less than a day, probably only minutes or even seconds, before Abraham heard...
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