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. 29, No. 4, Summer

250 Years of Convention and Contention: A History of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, 1760-2010
250 Years of Convention and Contention: A History of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, 1760-2010, by Raphael Langham. London and Portland, Oregon: Vallentine Mitchell, 2010. 292 pp. $69.95.Founded in 1760, the Board of Deputies of British Jews is...
Answering a Question with a Question: Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Jewish Thought
Answering a Question with a Question: Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Jewish Thought, edited by Lewis Aron & Libby Henrik. Brighton, MA: Academic Studies Press, 2009. 442 pp. $49.00.This book addresses the contentious issue: what was Freud's attitude...
A Turn towards Modernity: The Ideological Innovation of Sallah
In 1964 an Israeli film was nominated for the first time ever for an Oscar as the best foreign film. This film has since become the most popular Israeli film ever made, and the herald of the only Israeli original film cycle: the Bourekas (1964-1977)....
Book Notes
American Jewish Life The Lost Minyan, by David M. Gitlitz. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2010. 316 pp. $29.95. ISBN 978-0-8263-4973-6.Between 1391 and 1492 a substantial number of Spain's Jewish community, once the largest in Europe, converted...
Germans into Jews: Remaking the Jewish Social Body in the Weimar Republic
Germans into Jews: Remaking the Jewish Social Body in the Weimar Republic, by Sharon Gillerman. Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2009. 238 pp. $50.00.It was once difficult for historians to escape...
Heinrich Himmler: Biographie
Heinrich Himmler: Biographie, by Peter Longerich. Munich: Siedler Verlag 2008. 1035 pp. euro39.95.The Nazi dictatorship continues to attract the attention of an audience ranging from university students to a general public that regularly tunes in to...
Imagining Jewish Art: Encounters with the Masters in Chagall, Guston, and Kitaj
Imagining Jewish Art: Encounters with the Masters in Chagall, Guston, and Kitaj, by Aaron Rosen. London: Legenda, 2009. 128 pp. $89.50.The question "what is Jewish art?" has preoccupied scholars over the decades, although such discussions have recently...
Jewish Contributions to Civilization: An Estimate
Jewish Contributions to Civilization: An Estimate, by Joseph Jacobs. Pisca - taway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2009. 334 pages. $119.00.General readers continue to show interest in popular books on "Jewish contributions to civilization"; witness, for example,...
Jewish Feminists: Complex Identities and Activist Lives
Jewish Feminists: Complex Identities and Activist Lives, by Dina Pinsky. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010. 152 pp. $20.00 (paper), $60.00 (cloth).The sociological analysis in Dina Pinsky 's Jewish Feminists, developed from interviews with two...
Jiddisch: Geschichte Und Kultur Einer Weltsprache
Jiddisch: Geschichte und Kultur einer Weltsprache, by Marion Aptroot and Roland Gruschka. Beck'sche Reihe 1621. Munich: CH. Beck, 2010. 192 pp. $15.90.While Yiddish may have endured more than its share of popularizing by nonexperts like Leo Rosten a...
Judaism Does Not Equal Israel
Judaism Does Not Equal Israel, by Mark H. Ellis. New York: The New Press, 2010. 232 pp. $24.95.I must say that I was disheartened when I finished readingjwdeism Does Not Equal Israel. How else should I feel, as an Israeli descendent of survivors whose...
Juggling Identities: Identity and Authenticity among Crypto-Jews
Juggling Identities: Identity and Authenticity Among Crypto-Jews, by Seth D. Kunin. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009. 278 pp. $50.00.This book discusses the diversity and the complexity of its subject, and in some ways acts rather like a review...
Life against Death: Review Essay
Life Against Death: Review Essay Blooms of Darkness: A Novel, by Aharon Appelfeld, translated from the Hebrew by Geoffrey M. Green. New York: Schocken Books, 2010. 279 pp. $25.95.Aharon Appelfeld stands virtually alone in the desolating power of his...
Louis D. Brandeis: A Life
Louis D. Brandeis: A Life, by Melvin I. Urofsky. New York: Pantheon Books, 2009. 953 pp. $40.00.Psychoanalysts would call this magisterial and compelling biography "over-determined." Its author has already co-edited (with David W. Levy) a five-volume...
Maimonides' Cure of Souls: Medieval Precursor of Psychoanalysis
Maimonides' Cure of Souls: Medieval Precursor of Psychoanalysis, by D. Bakan, D. Merkur, and D. Weiss. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2009. 183 pp. $35.00.This book is fascinating. For those of us for whom the study of Maimonides has been...
Material Culture and Jewish Thought in America
Material Culture and Jewish Thought in America, by Ken Koltun- Fromm, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010. 342 pp. $26.95.Ken Koltun-Fromm's fascinating account of American Jewish thinkers' engagement with material culture explores a subject...
".Mehr Als ein Sportverein": 100 Jahre Hakoah Wien 1909-2009
"...mehr als ein Sportverein": 100 Jahre Hakoah Wien 1909-2009, edited by Susanne Helene Betz, Monika Löscher, Pia Schölnberger. Innsbruck: Studien Verlag 2009. 368 pp. $39.00.Twenty-two years after John Bunzl's "classic" study of the history of Jewish...
Methods for Exodus
Methods for Exodus, edited by Thomas B. Dozeman. Methods in Biblical Interpretation. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. 254 pp. $24.99.The array of methodologies used in biblical studies in the twenty-first century can be daunting to serious...
Multivocal Narrative and the Teacher as Narrator: The Case of Agnon's "Two Scholars Who Were in Our Town"
In this article, I seek to demonstrate how a hermeneutic of multivocal narration suggests several areas for educational inquiry. The dissonant styles and explicitly stated narrative development in Agnon's story,"Two Scholars Who Were in Our Town," suggest...
Negotiating Cultural Identity on the Stage: Maria Dronke, a German-Jewish Actor in New Zealand
1,100 Jews found refuge from Hitler in New Zealand before 1940. They experienced both geographical estrangement and cultural alienation in a British colonial setting still profoundly influenced by its settlement phase. How did the new arrivals adjust...
Passion of Israel: Jacques Maritain, Catholic Conscience and the Holocaust
Passion of Israel: Jacques Maritain, Catholic Conscience and the Holocaust, by Richard Francis Crane. Scranton, PA: University of Scranton Press, 2010. 203 pp. $25.00.The French philosopher Jacques Maritain (1882-1973) has come to be considered a dissident...
Pope and Devil: The Vatican's Archives and the Third Reich
Pope and Devil: The Vatican's Archives and the Third Reich, by Hubert Wolf, translated by Kenneth Kronenberg. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010. 316 pp. $29.95.Between 2003 and 2006, the Vatican opened its archives from...
Reading Law as Narrative: A Study in the Casuistic Laws of the Pentateuch
Reading Law as Narrative: A Study in the Casuistic Laws of the Pentateuch, by Assnat Bartor. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2010. 219 pp. $27.95.The relationship between law and narrative in the Hebrew Bible has become a popular, multi-faceted...
Running Commentary: The Contentious Magazine That Transformed the Jewish Left into the Neoconservative Right
Running Commentary: The Contentious Magazine that Transformed the Jewish Left into the Neoconservative Right, by Benjamin Balint. New York: Public Affairs Press, 2010. 290 pp. $26.95.Benjamin Balint's new book, Running Commentary: The Contentious Magazine...
Screening a Lynching: The Leo Frank Case on Film and Television
Screening a Lynching: The Leo Frank Case on Film and Television, by Mathew H. Bernstein. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2009. 352 pp. $24.95.At the center of Matthew Bernstein's richly detailed and fascinating study of the screen representations...
Stranger from Abroad: Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger, Friendship and Forgiveness
Stranger from Abroad: Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger, Friendship and Forgiveness, by Daniel Maier-Katkin. New York: W W Norton & Co., 2010. 384 pp. $26.95.It is Hannah Arendt who gives herself the title of a "girl from afar," "Mädchen aus dem Fremde"...
The Book of Esther-A Case Study of Ideological Interpretation
Each generation of commentators has imprinted the Book of Esther with its own values and world views. The present article deals with the commentary of Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, one of the leading figures of religious Zionism, on Esther as a case study of...
The Chosen Folks: Jews on the Frontiers of Texas
The Chosen Folks: Jews on the Frontiers of Texas, by Bryan Edward Stone. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010. 294 pp. $50.00.Bryan Edward Stone begins The Chosen Folks: Jews on the Frontiers of Texas with an implausible story: One market day in 1884...
The Holocaust: A Concise History
The Holocaust: A Concise History, by Doris L. Bergen. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2009. 279 pp. $26.95.What is in a name? Doris Bergen's The Holocaust is a new imprint of her War and Genocide, which was published in 2003. While one might be tempted...
The New Testament and Rabbinic Literature
The New Testament and Rabbinic Literature, edited by Reimund Bierenger, Florentino Garcia Martinez, Didier Pollefeyt, and Peter Tomson. Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism. Leiden: Brill, 2009. 544 pp. $241.00.This volume collects papers...
The Remembered One: Memory Activism and the Construction of Edith Stein's Jewishness in Post-Communist Wroclaw
Activists throughout Poland have been grappling with the problems of representing Poland's Jewish community since the collapse of communism in 1989. These "memory activists" choose particular objects of memory and particular pathways of memorialization....
The Third Reich in the Ivory Tower: Complicity and Conflict on American Campuses
The Third Reich in the Ivory Tower: Complicity and Conflict on American Campuses, by Stephen H. Norwood. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. 339 pp. $29.00.In this largely descriptive and overtly moralistic book, Norwood discusses the sympathies...
The You That Wasn't Enough: Walter Kaufmann and Martin Buber
Walter Kaufmann (1921-80), best known for his work on Nietzsche, is also inextricably linked with the dissemination of Martin Buber's work through his 1970 translation of I and Thou (or "I and You"). Some forty years after the publication of this well-known...
Translation and Survival: The Greek Bible of the Ancient Jewish Diaspora
Translation and Survival: The Greek Bible of the Ancient Jewish Diaspora, by Tessa Rajak. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. 380 pp. $140.00.As Professor Rajak notes in the introduction, modern research on the old Greek translation of Jewish...
With an Iron Pen: Twenty Years of Hebrew Protest Poetry
With an Iron Pen: Twenty Years of Hebrew Protest Poetry, edited by Tal Nitzan and Rachel Tzvia Back. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2009. 169 pp. $14.95.Hebrew protest poetry has a long track record. Political and social protest was at the...
Zionism and the Roads Not Taken: Rawidowicz, Kaplan, Kohn
Zionism and the Roads Not Taken: Rawidowicz, Kaplan, Kohn, by Noam Pianko. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010. 277 pp. $25.95.Zionism and the Roads Not Taken is a well-researched intellectual history of Zionism without a state of Israel, of...

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