Autumn 2008 issue cover

Autumn 2008


The Temple That Won’t Quit

The ancient Jewish temple in Jerusalem has been recreated yet again at the Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Florida, but with a mixture of Jewish and Christian symbolism that many critics find problematic. By Joan R. Branham

An American Jew in Poland

“Going back” to Poland as part of a dialogue group brings a rabbinical student face to face with the riddles, tragedies, and ghosts of history. By Jordie Gerson

Just Like All the Other Animals of the Earth

Human ethical practices and attitudes with respect to animals exhibit a curious instability. By Christine Korsgaard


Putting a Face on the Six Million

Why this non-Jewish professor teaches about the Holocaust. By Kevin J. Madigan

Beyond Vengeance

Human rights are best fulfilled by building legal infrastructure. By Karen Tse

Shifting Discourse

The tangled history of human rights and Christianity. By Harvey Cox

‘A’ Source of Law?

The different types of shari’a states. By Reza Aslan

In Review


The Other Ineffable

Julian Barnes’s Nothing to Be Frightened Of. By James K. A. Smith

Required Reading

A Newly Raucous Arena

A review of recent books on contemporary politics and religion. By Todd Shy


The Healing Ministry of Rock and Roll

Bruce Springsteen’s ministry. By Jeffrey B. Symynkywicz


Two Poems

What Was the First Sound

Character Study

By Patricia Smith

Three Poems

Only in Things

That Night at Baldini’s

The Shoe Box

By W. S. Di Piero


Taking Stock

Without the daily flux of professors and students around us, the content of the magazine tends to stand out in special relief—to live or die on its own—as an embodiment of our mission. By Will Joyner


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