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. 25, No. 3, Spring

American Dreams and Nazi Nightmares: Early Holocaust Consciousness and Liberal America, 1957-1965
American Dreams and Nazi Nightmares: Early Holocaust Consciousness and Liberal America, 1957-1965, by Kirsten Fermaglich. Waltham, MA: Brandeis University Press, 2006. 252 pp. $29.95.Kirsten Fermaglich's highly suggestive American Dreams and Nazi Nightmares...
A Reference Grammar of Modern Hebrew
A Reference Grammar of Modern Hebrew, by Edna Amir Coffin and Shmuel Bolozky. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. 444 pp. $39.99.This is one of Cambridge University Press's new A Reference Grammar of. . ." series. Modern Arabic, Thai, and Dutch...
Berlin Childhood around 1900
Berlin Childhood around 1900, by Walter Benjamin, translated by Howard Eiland. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006. 191 pp. $14.95.Ironically, the worlds of cultural and academic discourse are all the richer for the conditions that conspired to...
Book Notes
Biblical and Rabbinic LiteratureAncient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Old Testament VI: Job, edited by Manlio Simonetti and Marco Conti. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2006. 253 pp. $40.00. ISBN 0-8308-1476-0.The excerpts in this collection...
Dappled Things: Reading and Analyzing the New Jewish Writing Review Essay
Turning Up the Flame: Philip Roth's Later Novels, edited by Jay L. Halio and Ben Siegel. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2005. $42.50. 206 pp.Telling the Little Secrets« American Jewish Writing Since the 1980s, by Janet Handler Burstein. Madison:...
Eye on Israel: How America Came to View Israel as an Ally
Eye on Israel: How America Came to View Israel as an Ally, by Michelle Matt. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2006. 242 pp. $65.00.Michelle Mart describes how American moviemakers and writers came to regard Israel more favorably during the...
Fire on Water: Porgess and the Abyss
Fire on Water: Porgess and The Abyss, by Amok Lustig. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2006. 233 pp. $16.95.Fire on Water is part of Northwestern University Press's series "Writings from an Unbound Europe," which offers literature from the...
Gertrude Stein, Alice Toklas, and Albert Barnes: Looking like a Jew in the Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
This paper explores the symbolism of "Jewish looks" in the writing of Jewish-American Gertrude Stein (1874-1946). Beginning with Stein's early college writing about Jews as a distinct race, and her literary treatise on human categorization, The Making...
Guardians, Millionaires, and Fearless Fighters: Transforming Jewish Gangsters into a Usable Past
"Guardians, Millionaires, and Fearless Fighters" examines Jewish gangster nar- ratives of the second half of the twentieth century. The essay focuses on the strategies male writers use to rewrite Jewish gangster history as a way to re- fashion Jewish...
Handbook on the Wisdom Books and Psalms
Handbook on the Wisdom Books and Psalms, by Daniel J. Estes. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic Press, 2005. 448 pp. $34.99.Handbook on the Wisdom BooL· and Psalms is part of a series from Baker Academic, which includes previously published guides to the Pentateuch,...
Hidden Diaries and New Discoveries: The Life and Thought of Rabbi A. I. Kook
This article considers the contribution of Rabbi A. I. Kook's recently disclosed writings (the three volumes of Shemonah Qevazim [Eight Files]) to our understanding of his dialectical teaching and intellectual biography. The files encompasses R. Kook's...
Hosea
Hosea, by Ehud Ben Zvi. The Forms of Old Testament Literature, volume 21A/1. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2005. 321 pp. $55.00.In keeping with the form-critical model used in the Forms of the Old Testament Literature series (FOTL), Ben Zvi's...
Intimate Relations between Israelis and Palestinians in Fiction by Israeli Women Writers1
This article focuses on stories written by the Israeli women writers Savyon Liebrecht, Emuna Elon, and Michal Peleg during the last two decades of the twentieth century, in which an Israeli Jew and a Palestinian Arab from the oc- cupied territories draw...
Introduction to Arminius Vambéry
Written in the mid 1880s by the Hungarian Jewish Orientalist Arminius Vambéry, "The Memoirs of a Tartar" is a report on European social conditions from the viewpoint of a Central Asian living in Europe. In it, Vambéry gives his most honest assessment...
Jews and Violence: Images, Ideologies, and Realities
Jews and Violence: Images, Ideologies, and Realities. Studies in Contemporary Jewry: An Annual, XVIII, edited by Peter Y. Medding. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. 328 pp. $55.00.In Steven Spielberg's film Munich, Robert, a Jewish bomb maker,...
Judentum Und Evangelische Theologie 1909-1965: Das Bild Des Judentums Im Spiegel der Ersten Drei Auflagen Des Handwörterbuchs "Die Religion in Geschichte Und Gegenwart,"
Judentum und evangelische Theologie 1909-1965: Das Bild des Judentums im Spiegel der ersten drei Auflagen des Handwörterbuchs "Die Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart," by Ulrich Oelschläger. Stuttgart: W Kohlhammer, 2005. 360 pp. 35.As I opened this...
Juden Und Christen-Toleranz in Neuer Perspektive: Der Denkweg Franz Rosenzweigs in Seinen Bezügen Zu Lessing, Harnack, Baeck Und Rosenstock-Huessy
Juden und Christen-Toleranz in neuer Perspektive: Der Denkweg Franz Rosenzweigs in seinen Bezügen zu Lessing, Harnack, Baeck und Rosenstock-Huessy, by Frank Surall. Gütersloh: Christian Kaiser Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2003. 392 pp. euro39.98.On every...
Justice Imperiled: The Anti-Nazi Lawyer Max Hirschberg in Weimar Germany
Justice Imperiled: The Anti-Nazi Lawyer Max Hirschberg in Weimar Germany, by Douglas G. Morris. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2005. 443. pp. $35.00.Douglas G. Morris, very much like his subject, the Weimar-era German lawyer Max Hirschberg,...
Lessings Grenzen
Lessings Grenzen, edited by Ulrike Zeuch. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, for the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, 2005. 283 pp. euro69.None of the serious social, political, and intellectual challenges faced by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1739-81) have...
Manufacturing Human Bombs: The Making of Palestinian Suicide Bombers
Manufacturing Human Bombs: The Making of Palestinian Suicide Bombers, by Mohammed Hafez. Washington, DC: U.S. Institute of Peace Press, 2006. 125 pp. $12.50.This monograph by Dr. Mohammed Hafez, a visiting assistant professor at the University of Missouri...
Old Demons and New Debates: Anti-Semitism in the West
Old Demons and New Debates: Anti-Semitism in the West, edited by David I. Kertzer. Teaneck, N.J.: Holmes & Meier Publishers, 2005. 219 pp. $15.00.The essays which make up this slim volume were presented at a conference organized by the YIVO institute...
Paul Celan Und Gottfried Benn: Zwei Poetologien Nach 1945
Paul Celan und Gottfried Benn: Zwei Poetologien nach 1945, by Agis Sideras. Würzburg: Königshausen &C Neumann, 2005. 218 pp. euro28.40Studies of conjectures of subjectivity through a poet's reflections on the Self in his/her poetry and theoretical...
Peace in Tatters: Israel, Palestine and the Middle East
Peace in Tatters: Israel, Palestine and the Middle East, by Yoram Meital. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006. 253 pp. $22.95.Meital has written a detailed and nuanced political history of how the hope for Israeli-Palestinian peace embodied in the...
Renewed Survival: Jewish Community Life in Croatia
Renewed Survival: Jewish Community Life in Croatia, by NiIa Ginger Hofman. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006. 147 pp. $23.95.In Renewed Survival: Jewish Community Life in Croatia, NiIa Ginger Hofman provides an ethnohistorical account...
Ruth: A Continental Commentary
Ruth: A Continental Commentary, by André LaCocque. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2004. 187 pp. $28.00.I have long been a fan of André LaCocque's work, and this commentary is no exception. Originally written in French for the CAT series, this English version...
The Bonhoeffer Legacy: Post-Holocaust Perspectives
The Bonhoeffer Legacy: Post-Holocaust Perspectives, by Stephen R. Haynes. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2006. 224 pp. $22.00.Stephen R. Haynes was ideally prepared to write a book about the relationship of noted theologian and Protestant church leader...
The Death and Life of a Jewish Judith Shakespeare: Rebecca Goldstein's Mazel
This essay argues that Rebecca Goldstein's Mazel calls upon Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own not only to provide feminist critical memory of the shtetl experience but also to challenge feminist narratives that essentialize Orthodox Judaism. In Mazel,...
The Entre Ríos Trilogy: Three Novels
The Entre Ríos Trilogy: Three Novels, by Perla Suez, translated by Rhonda Dahl Buchanan, introduction by Ilan Stavans. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2006. 241 pp. $24.95.A volume in the now extensive New Mexico series, Jewish Latin America,...
The Holocaust and Catholic Conscience: Cardinal Aloisius Muench and the Guilt Question in Germany
The Holocaust and Catholic Conscience: Cardinal Aloisius Muench and the Guilt Question in Germany, by Suzanne Brown-Fleming. Notre Dame, Indiana: Universiry of Notre Dame Press, 2006. 240 pp. $20.00.In The Holocaust and Catholic Conscience: Cardinal...
The Jews Are Coming Back: The Return of the Jews to Their Countries of Origin after WWII
The Jews Are Coming Back: The Return of the Jews to their Countries of Origin after WWII, edited by David Bankier. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2005. 320 pp. $29.95.In recent years, historical scholarship has paid due attention to the lives of...
The Last Jew
The Last Jew, by Yoram Kaniuk. New York: Grove Press, 2006. 522 pp. The Last Jew, by Yoram Kaniuk. New York: Grove Press, 2006. 522 pp. $24.00.Tfoe Last Jew deals with the problematic nature of Jewish identity in an age of unprecedented historical change,...
The Opposite of Jewish: On Remembering and Keeping in Contemporary Jewish American Fiction
Throughout the Bible, God repeatedly commands memory, the Israelites are to remember and keep the commandments. This essay considers the role of remembering and keeping a record of past generations as against remembering and keeping religious tradition....
The Plot: The Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion
The Plot: The Secret Story of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, by Will Eisner. New York: W W Norton & Company, 2005. 148 pp. $19.95.Graphic novels lend themselves well to dramatizing intrigue, mystery, and conspiracy. In T\k Plot, the grandfather...
The Poems of Charles Reznikoff 1918-1975
The Poems of Charles Reznikoff 1918-1975, edited by Seamus Cooney. Boston: David R. Godine, 2005. 460 pp. $45.00 (c); $21.95 (p).When Charles Reznikoff was born in 1894 in Brownsville, the Jewish ghetto of Brooklyn, his parents, Satah Yetta and Nathan,...
The Price of Assimilation: Felix Mendelssohn and the Nineteenth-Century Anti-Semitic Tradition
The Price of Assimilation: Felix Mendelssohn and the Nineteenth-Century Anti-Semitic Tradition, by Jeffrey S. Sposato. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. 228 pp. $39.95.This is brave book, and a careful one. Careful, for its research is deep and...
The Spectral Jew: Conversion and Embodiment in Medieval Europe
The Spectral Jew: Conversion and Embodiment in Medieval Europe, by Steven F. Kruger. Medieval Cultures, Vol. 40. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 2005. 320pp. $26.00.Steven Kruger says plainly in his introduction what his book sets...
Tradition Kept: The Literature of the Samaritans
Tradition Kept: The Literature of the Samaritans, by Robert T. Anderson and Terry Giles. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Publishers, 2005. 432 pp. $34.95.The last decade or two have seen a boom in Samaritan studies. Although for a long time this small religious...
Two Models of Jewish Philosophy: Justifying One's Practices
Two Models of Jewish Philosophy: Justifying One's Practices, by Daniel Rynhold. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. 262 pp. $95.00.Rynhold's book applies contemporary analytic philosophy, in particular theory of interpretation and theory of scientific...
When We Basked in the Warmth of the Sun
When We Basked in the Warmth of the Sun, by Alisa Harth. Jerusalem: Yedioth Ahronot Books and Chemed Books, 2005. 271 pages. Hebrew.This first novel by the Israeli author Alisa Harth is a captivating story that tugs at the reader's heartstrings from...
Witnesses of War: Children's Lives under the Nazis
Witnesses of War: Children's Lives Under the Nazis, by Nicholas Stargardt. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006. $30.00Although the experiences of adult Second World War witnesses have received a great deal of critical attention in recent years, far less...
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