Judaism: A Quarterly Journal of Jewish Life and Thought

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 1, Winter

Angelic Escapades. (Reviews)
Moses and the Angels. By ILEENE SMITH SOBEL (paintings by Mark Podwal). New York: Delacorte Press. 1999. Moses and the Angels is a unique, yet ultimately unsatisfying, children's book. The author splices fantasmagorical stories of angels from...
B'reshit
ONCE UPON A TIME THE HIGHWAYS OF CALIFORNIA were punctuated with Roadside Attractions, whimsical buildings that turned function into form. Hungry motorists could snap up hot dogs from a construction that resembled what it sold, pedestrians could...
Byron's Passovers and Nathan's Melodies
THIS IS THE STORY OF THE MUSICIAN, ISAAC NATHAN, and his connections with two Passovers, one in the year 701 before the common era, the other in 1816 of this era. Isaac Nathan (1) was born in Canterbury in 1792, the son of Menahem Mona, a cantor...
Communications
DEAR EDITOR, I thought readers of this journal should know the following. Albert Speer wrote: "What he loved about fire was not the Promethean aspect, but its destructive force...fire itself, literally and directly, stirred a profound excitement...
Facing an Environmental Crisis. (Reviews)
Judaism and Environmental Ethics: A Reader. MARTIN D. YAFFE, ed. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2001. When a well-known scholar and wellread environmentalist criticizes the assumption that humans exist to play "the conqueror role" and demonstrates...
Fire/Men
Human Sacrifice In the second week of September of the year 2001, altars to a god who loves human sacrifice were erected in Lower Manhattan and Northern Virginia and a massive burnt offering took place. Though no one has claimed responsibility,...
From the Editor
I have been reading Aviva Gottlieb Zornberg's The Particulars of Rapture: Reflections on Exodus with increasing pleasure and amazement. Putting the insights of midrash and contemporary critical theory into dialogue, she has articulated an important...
Habad's Dead Messiah. (Current Theological Writing)
ON A SIMHAT TORAH EVE ABOUT THIRTY YEARS AGO I brought a brilliant young woman journalist from a Marxist kibbutz in Israel to Crown Heights to witness Habad's celebration of the joyous holiday of Simhat Torah. There were several thousand Hasidim...
Holocaust, Storytelling, Memory, Identity: David Grossman in California; See Under: LOVE: A Personal View
Keynote Address for the San Francisco Symposium "The Future o the Holocaust; Story-Telling, Memory, Identity," Sunday, February 25, 2001, and 'Reading Holocaust Literature: David Grossman and Contemporary Writing, "Friday, February 23,2001, Kresge...
How Old Is the Haggadah?
THE ORIGINS OF THE SEDER AND THE HAGGADAH HAVE long been a subject of interest. According to the Bible, ever since the Israelites made their escape from Egypt in the middle of the night, following their first paschal meal, Passover has been marked...
Nietzsche's Prophecy. (Reviews)
Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography. by rudiger safranski. Translated by shelley frisch new york: w.w. Norton, 2001. According to Rudiger Safranski, Friedrich Nietzsche's latest biographer, the preeminent philosopher of the nineteenth century...
Sephardic Jews in Cuba. (from All Their Habitations)
THE ARRIVAL OF SEPHARDIC JEWS IN CUBA ON THE EVE OF World War I was part of a larger emigration from the Middle East to the American continent. This migratory movement, caused by the decline and disintegration of the Ottoman Empire, was most evident...
The Future of the Holocaust: Storytelling, Oppression, and Identity; See Under: "Apocalypse"
THIS PAPER WAS CONCEIVED WITHIN A NARRATIVE FRAME that I will call the "peace process." It is being delivered in another frame, one so unstable that we haven't yet agreed on a name for it. The following is my own contribution to the search for a...
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