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. 33, No. 2, Winter

Abraham Heschel and the Phenomenon of Piety
ABRAHAM HESCHEL AND THE PHENOMENON OF PIETY By Joseph Harp Britton. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark Theology, 2013. xiv + 308 pp.Abraham Heschel and the Phenomenon of Piety provides a comprehensive analysis of virtually all the writings of Abraham Joshua...
Dreaming of Michelangelo: Jewish Variations on a Modern Theme
DREAMING OF MICHELANGELO: JEWISH VARIATIONS ON A MODERN THEME By Asher D. Biemann. Stanford, California: Stanford UP, 2012. 180 pp. 3 illustrations.How can religion tolerate art? What is the value of art compared to the simple truth, to the justice of...
Drowning Ulysses: Saving Levi from Agamben's Remnant
Primo Levi's tombstone bears only his name and the number (174517) that was tattooed on his arm at Auschwitz. He had also wanted it to bear the inscription p???? p??????, an epithet for Odysseus, the "much wandering" man, taken from the first lines of...
Egyptian Cultural Icons in Midrash
EGYPTIAN CULTURAL ICONS IN MIDRASH By Rivka Ulmer. Studia Judaica, Forschungen zur Wissenschaft des Judentums 52 (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2009), vii + 405 pp., 16 platesA panel discussion of Egyptian Cultural Icons in Midrash took place at the 2011...
Egyptian Religion and Culture through Rabbinic Vision
EGYPTIAN RELIGION AND CULTURE THROUGH RABBINIC VISIONEgypt and Egyptians are mentioned in the Hebrew Bible more than any other foreign land or nation, in fact, no fewer than 680 times.1 This amount is approximately as much as the mentions of Assyria,...
Franz Kafka: The Poet of Shame and Guilt
FRANZ KAFKA: THE POET OF SHAME AND GUILT By Saul Friedländer. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2013.The series of little books, "Jewish Lives," would have interested Kafka. Although he preferred autobiographies, letter collections, and journals-lives...
Honest to One's Self: Censorship and Variants in American Editions of Meyer Levin's in Search
Novelist and playwright Meyer Levin (1905-1981), known chiefly for The Old Bunch (1937) and his best-seller, Compulsion (1956), was among the first war correspondents to enter liberated concentration camps and report on Nazi atrocities. Levin is also...
Kol Isha: Malka Zipora's Lekhaim as the Voice of the Hasidic Woman in Quebec
Et toi, madame, tu connais Israël? (And you, madame, you know Israel?)Madame, madame, toi tu . . . toi tu parles Yiddish et tu connais Shabbes? (Madame, Madame, you .. . you speak Yiddish and you know Shabbos?)Madame! ... Tu connais ça? ... Le vrai nom...
Muslims and Jews in France: History of a Conflict
MUSLIMS AND JEWS IN FRANCE: HISTORY OF A CONFLICT By Maud S. Mandel. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2014. x + 253 pp.The debate about national identity in France has accounted for a good deal of writing during the past half century. This...
Playing the Whore: Illicit Union and the Biblical Typology of Promiscuity in the Toledot Yeshu Tradition
Once there was a Jewish woman, Miriam, who lay with a man other than her husband and conceived a child, Yehoshua, Yeshu for short. A bastard and thus a blemish on his family's reputation from the start, young Yeshu would grow to become the bane of his...
Review of Egyptian Cultural Icons in Midrash
REVIEW OF EGYPTIAN CULTURAL ICONS IN MIDRASHRivka Ulmer breaks much new, impressive ground in her recent monograph Egyptian Cultural Icons in Midrash} Ulmer brings to the work her unique, if not rare, scholarly training in both Egyptology and rabbinic...
Rivka Ulmer's Egyptian Cultural Icons in Midrash
RIVKA ULMER'S EGYPTIAN CULTURAL ICONS IN MIDRASH is the culmination of over a hundred years of research in midrash, Egyptology, and study of Egypt's place in the rabbinic imagination. Although this subject is addressed in earlier studies by such luminaries...
Sexual Violence during the Holocaust- the Case of Forced Prostitution in the Warsaw Ghetto
In 1976 Polish] ournalist and writer Hanna Krall published a long interview with Marek Edelman, one of the surviving leaders of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The interview, entitled Zdazyc przed Panem Bogiem (To Steal the March of God) was strikingly different...
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