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. 34, No. 2, Winter

Creative Ontologies and the Infinite Task of Language in Levinas's and Rosenzweig's Notions of Poetic Expression
But resurrection is the explicit concern of the last part of Agnon's last collection of texts, Ha Esh Veha Etzim "The Fire and the Wood." Is this a title or a question? The words refer indisputably to the fire and wood of the gas chambers, but they are...
Feminists in the Temple of Orthodoxy: The Struggle of the Women of the Wall to Change the Status Quo
IntroductionOn April 24, 2013, something extraordinary happened at the Western Wall, the Jews' most central holy place. A group of religious, activist, and feminist women-the Women of the Wall (WoW)-succeeded in breaking the ritual status quo at the...
Leon Blum: Prime Minister, Socialist, Zionist
LEON BLUM: PRIME MINISTER, SOCIALIST, ZIONIST By Pierre Birnbaum. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015. 217 pp.In her 1939 essay, "The Art of Biography," Virginia Woolf said biographers "stimulate the imagination" and reveal the essence of character...
Nihilism, Modernity and the "Jewish Spirit": Margarete Susman's Transvaluation of a Fin-De-Siècle Trope
The post-assimilatory revival of the "Jewish spirit"In her 1929 essay, "Das Hiob-Problem bei Franz Kafka," the poet and literary critic Margarete Susman (1872-1966) celebrated Kafka's "unparalleled artistic achievement," crediting the author for having...
"One Jew More or Less-What Does It Matter?" Nietzsche on the Jewish Question
Nietzsche1 had "a terrible fear that one day [he would] be pronounced holy." To obviate this end-"to prevent people from doing mischief to [him]"-he penned Ecce Homo, his final work before his flight from sanity.2 It was a beguiling effort, though ultimately...
Scripture and Tradition: Rabbi Akiva and the Triumph of Midrash
SCRIPTURE AND TRADITION: RABBI AKIVA AND THE TRIUMPH OF MIDRASH By Azzan Yadin-Israel. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015. 308 + viii pp.Scripture and Tradition is an examination of the exegetical methods and founding mythology of Midrash...
Survivors and Exiles: Yiddish Culture after the Holocaust
SURVIVORS AND EXILES: YIDDISH CULTURE AFTER THE HOLOCAUST By Jan Schwarz. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2015. xi + 355 pp.Jan Schwarz, a professor of Yiddish studies at Lund University in Sweden, sets out in this book to "present a multi-faceted...
Taking Care of Our Own: Narratives of Jewish Giving and the Galveston Movement
In a sermon delivered to members of Galveston's Temple B'nai Israel, Rabbi Henry Cohen urged his congregants to sanctify their American success by upholding Jewish religious teaching through the practice of tzedakah. "We must give. Not just a little-what...
The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Mortal Remains
THE WORK OF THE DEAD: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF MORTAL REMAINS By Thomas W. Laqueur. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015. 711 pp.Historian Thomas W. Laqueur, displaying his impressive knowledge of history, philosophy, religion, anthropology, and...
Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life
WALTER BENJAMIN: A CRITICAL LIFE By Howard Eiland and Michael W. Jennings. Boston: Belknap Press of Harvard University, 2014. 755 pp.Until the four-volume publication of Walter Benjamin's Selected Writings (1996-2003), under the general editorship of...
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