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. 3, Spring

Filming Identity in the Jewish American Postwar; or, on the Uses and Abuses of Periodization for Jewish Studies
introdUctionBack in the 1980s, when Cultural Studies was professionally consolidating itself in response to Thatcherite and Reaganite neoliberalism, the key cultural-critical question was often something like: Why are questions about culture always articulated...
Jews and Anti-Judaism in Esther and the Church
JEWS AND ANTI-JUDAISM IN ESTHER AND THE CHURCH Tricia Miller. Cambridge: James Clarke, 2015. xiii + 210 pp.Beloved by Jews, the biblical book of Esther has had a checkered history of reception among the gentiles. Early Christian theologians casually...
Leo Strauss on the Borders of Judaism, Philosophy, and History
LEO STRAUSS ON THE BORDERS OF JUDAISM, PHILOSOPHY, AND HISTORY Jeffrey A. Bernstein. Albany: SUNY Press, 2015. xxix + 228 pp.Ever since Tertullian famously asked, "What hath Athens to do with Jerusalem?," numerous philosophers and theologians throughout...
Matzo Hussars & Creative (Anti)semitism: Jewishness & Popular Culture in Post-Comm Unist Hungary
Budapest is home to the largest continuous Jewish community in Europe. In contrast with Berlin and Paris, which have large Jewish communities made up principally of immigrants from the former Soviet Union and North Africa, respectively, most Hungarian...
Nietzsche's Jewish Problem: Between Anti-Semitism an D Anti-Judaism
NIETZSCHE'S JEWISH PROBLEM: BETWEEN ANTI-SEMITISM AN D ANTI-JUDAISM Robert C. Holub. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2016. 271 pp.In Nietzsche's Jewish Problem: Between Anti-Semitism and Anti-Judaism, Robert Holub re-opens the case that Nietzsche...
Ritual in Martin Buber's Myth of Zion
undeRstanding MaRtin BuBeR on Jewish RitualMartin Buber's exposition of Jewish religiosity in contrast to Jewish religion has led to an understanding of his thought as "implicit secularism."1 He did not deny theism, but he opposed a heteronomous legal...
Sampling and Jewishness : A Short History of Jewish Sampling and Its Relationship with Hip-Hop
In 1996 in an article by Hugh Davies on the history of sampling that concentrated on its classical and avant-garde uses and had nothing about the then-current upsurge in sampling by hip-hop artists, Davies wrote that: "Since the late 1970s the term 'sampling'...
Speaking the Unspeakable in Postwar Germany: Toward a Public Discourse on the Holocaust
SPEAKING THE UNSPEAKABLE IN POSTWAR GERMANY: TOWARD A PUBLIC DISCOURSE ON THE HOLOCAUST Sonja Boos. Ithaca: Cornell University Press and Cornell University Library, 2014. 229 pp.It is a bold gesture to enter yet another study into the vast and seemingly...
The Consuming Temple: Jews, Department Stores, and the Consumer Revolution in Germany
THE CONSUMING TEMPLE: JEWS, DEPARTMENT STORES, AND THE CONSUMER REVOLUTION IN GERMANY, 1880-1940 Paul Lerner. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2015. xi + 266 pp.The rise of the department store has been intimately linked to the history of modernity...
The Meursault Investigation
THE MEURSAULT INVESTIGATION Kamel Daoud. Translated by John Cullen. New York: Other Press, 2015. 160 pp.The Meursault Investigation (a translation of Meursault, contre-enquête), for which Algerian journalist Kamel Daoud garnered the Goncourt First Novel...
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