Winter/Spring 2013 (Vol. 41, Nos. 1 & 2)

Winter/Spring 2013 (Vol. 41, Nos. 1 & 2)

Perspective:
Defining Our Humanity by Kathryn Dodgson

Dialogue:
Visiting the Void by Kate Yanina DeConinck
Many recovery workers periodically return to Ground Zero as a way of reconnecting with the values they experienced there.
Dying Well by Tamara Mann
We need to find better words and metaphors to cope with the reality of death.
Nurturing Jewish Philanthropy by Robert Israel
Recent financial scandals should redirect us to time-honored Jewish practices of philanthropy
Jews, Evangelicals: Analyzing the Vote by Mark I. Pinsky
Any hoped-for “Jewish–evangelical alliance” in the 2012 election proved elusive.
Risky Invocations? by Anthony J. Minna
State-sanctioned religious beliefs and activities will only bring conflict in a religiously diverse United States.

Featured:
The Ethics of Representing Disaster by Julia Watts Belser
Marta’s story from the Talmud stands within a long history of representing crisis through womanhood, in which visual and textual images of women’s bodies become icons of disaster.
The Road of Excess by Sébastien Tutenges
Most young people who party want to live moments of communion, intensity, and freedom, and to carry these moments into the future.
Doubting Thomas, Restaged by Charles M. Stang
An insightful reading of “the Thomas of the text” as Jesus’s “twin” suggests that the cult film Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a faithful retelling of the Gospel narrative.
The Fog of Religious Conflict by David N. Hempton
Eleven reflections on religious and ethnic conflict, drawing on the author’s formative experience living through the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
Exotic Ordinary by Michael Lambek
Action and passion coexist in this portrait of one spirit medium in Madagascar, evoking complex philosophical questions.

In Review:
Cancer Rites and the Remission Society by Paul Stoller
50/50 captures the rites and rituals of cancer patients
Exposing the Fine Lines by Chris Herlinger
Susie Linfield’s The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence
What Broken Souls Can Teach by Will Joyner
Julia Lieblich and Esad Boškailo’s Wounded I Am More Awake: Finding Meaning after Terror
Right-Brain Religion, Left-Brain Science by Daniel Goodman
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning

Poetry:
We Lost Our Everything by Andrea Cohen
Saying Grace by Liz Waldner
Two Poems by Gerard Beirne

See also: Past Issue