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. 35, No. 1, Fall

Abba Eban: A Biography
ABBA EBAN: A BIOGRAPHY By Asaf Siniver. New York: Overlook Press, 2015. 449 pp. Illustrated.Asaf Siniver's recent biography of Abba Eban is an extremely well researched, vitally important contribution to the literature on US-Israel relations and Israeli...
Contested Treasure: Jews and Authority in the Crown of Aragon
CONTESTED TREASURE: JEWS AND AUTHORITY IN THE CROWN OF ARAGON By Thomas W. Barton. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2015.Thomas Barton's book is not another general work about the Spanish Medieval Jewry, but a deep analysis of a...
Holocaust: An American Understanding
HOLOCAUST: AN AMERICAN UNDERSTANDING By Deborah E. Lipstadt. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2016.In 2001 Elie Wiesel said "this fiery memory remains and we, you and I, you and all of us, now are its very privileged custodians." Deborah Lipstadt...
Holocaust Icons: Symbolizing the Shoah in History and Memory
HOLOCAUST ICONS: SYMBOLIZING THE SHOAH IN HISTORY AND MEMORY By Oren Baruch Stier. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2015.In August 1944, the Gestapo and local police collaborators arrested fifteenyear-old Annelies Marie Frank, her family, and...
How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses
HOW COME BOYS GET TO KEEP THEIR NOSES By Tahneer Oksman. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016.Tahneer Oksman's How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses is a literary study of Jewish women's graphic novels. Or, more to the point, it is a study of graphic...
Incest, Exogamy, and Jewishness on Roseanne
On the April 17, 1994 episode of 60Minutes, Morley Safer reported on daytime television's fascination with confessions, recovered memories, and adult allegations of childhood abuse. As Safer put it, "the more bizarre the confession, the more airtime...
Jewish Bakers in Late Nineteenth-Century Great Britain and Sunday Baking Restrictions
When immigrants first arrive in a country there is almost always friction between the host population and the new immigrants over housing, jobs, and culture. This article tells the story of such a clash in Britain in the late nineteenth century, tracing...
Postmemorial Autobiography in Daniel Mendelsohn's the Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million
Scholarship on written Holocaust accounts deals extensively with problems of witnessing, but primarily assumes that the writer is a survivor. As a result, attention focuses on the process of survivors reflecting on their experiences in autobiography....
The Halakah, Sacred Events, and Time Consciousness in Rosenzweig and Soloveitchik
IntroductionMany modern Jews might have difficulty regarding traditional Jewish life, life according to the halakah, as an intense drama. The life of halakic observance can often seem-for both insiders and outsiders-repetitive, monotonous, and distinctively...
The Mean Streets of Beersheba: The Place of the City in Shulamit Lapid's Lizzie Badihi Series
IntroductionIn her reflections On Writing, Eudora Welty observes that the "sense of place is as essential to good and honest writing as a logical mind. . . . It never really stops informing us, for it is forever astir, alive, changing, reflecting, like...
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