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. 36, No. 2, Summer

Answering Machine
We talked on the phone yesterday,you in Berkeley, mein the South Bay, always the bridgesbetween us.Women's conversations.Benjamin's engaged to be married.They went to Vietnamto meet her mother who won't come—too many time zones for an old woman.The poetry...
At the Border
Back in the spring of 2013, when Nina, my wife, was eight months pregnant with our first daughter, we made a plaster cast of her torso and belly. At around that same time, my mother was just recovering from her first cancer surgery. When we visited her...
Berlin for Jews: A Twenty-First-Century Companion by Leonard Barkan (Review)
Berlin for Jews: A Twenty-First-Century Companion seems to be directed at an insider community of Jews who care about Jewish history, especially those considering a trip to Germany. The book's meandering look at Berlin is broader and more nuanced than...
In Extremis
For Chana Bloch"The words of the dying are subjectto the laws of scarcity" you once wrotein a poem juxtaposing the death of Socrateswith that of your own father.Saving his "every spark"into those notebookscovered with pretend marble."Every spark" is...
Ordinary Organizations: Why Normal Men Carried out the Holocaust by Stefan Kühl (Review)
Stefan Kühl's study of Ordinary Organizations was undertaken to explain, in the words of the subtitle, "why normal men carried out the Holocaust." His study introduces a new wrinkle in the recent literature on the role of individual agency in the perpetration...
Poems on the Seventh Day of Passover 2013, And: Midrash for Song of Songs 8:6–7
Poems on the Seventh Day of Passover 2013 *Sometimesdeep in the oceana wave extends its hand to anotherwave and the wide depthsecho then the words"Friendship conquers all."*Morning enters the bedroomthrough the slits of the green iron shutterspeaking...
Revolutionary Yiddishland: A History of Jewish Radicalism by Alain Brossat and Sylvia Klingberg (Review)
"Yiddishland," the world of the Yiddish-speaking Jews of Eastern Europe that burst with vital creative energy as modernity erupted into the tradition-bound shtetls, is all but gone. The hammer blows of the Soviet regime, which destroyed the walls of...
Saving It
—For Chana Bloch, with gratitude for her loveand her intelligenceSome think the world can be saved by lovesome think it can be saved by intelligenceIt is the old quarrel of the heart and the headeach of which would be deadwithout its rival and althoughI...
The First Shall Be the Last: Rethinking Antisemitism by Adam Katz and Eric Gans (Review)
This book by Adam Katz and Eric Gans makes a significant and original contribution to the study of antisemitism. It initiates a new stage in the development of the theory and method of generative anthropology developed by Gans and his school, as well...
The Marriage Plot: Or, How Jews Fell in Love with Love, and with Literature by Naomi Seidman (Review)
Halfway through Jane Eyre (1847), the enigmatic master of the house, Rochester, abandons his own house party and reappears as a gypsy woman, a fortune teller, and in effect a matchmaker for all of the attendant maidens. Finally, he comes to Jane, who...
The Souls of One Who Has Lived
My God, the soul you have given meIs pure.As for the others, wellYou know how it happens:One person speaks,Another listens.Now that we have the printed wordThis could go on forever.And beyond wordsWe carry the souls of the body:This touch, that pain,The...
Two Poems for Chana Bloch
Last Leaves Fearless, she faced death"to study the soul" – the wayit inhabits the terminal body,knowing there's no hopeyet flaring up to writea word or tap out a rhythmbefore it lets go, likea leaf that clings, then floats,thin as paper, to earth.She...
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