Autumn/Winter 2018 (Vol. 46, Nos. 3&4)

Autumn Winter 2018 issue cover


Embodied Practices, (Re)lived History by Rachel Slutsky


Writing from a Paradoxical Place by Courtney Sender
A writer considers her tradition’s inheritance of childless women and finds strength in her heroines of Jewish literature.

God Talks: Neil Gillman Remembered by Daniel Ross Goodman
Rabbi Neil Gillman pushed his students to think about theology with more rigor and more imagination.

On Exile and Elsewhere Benjamin Balint and André Aciman
A lively conversation with author André Aciman on the self-help book he never wrote and why a sense of irony is a Jewish trait.

A Rabbi on Our ‘Moral Emergency’ by Jordie Gerson
To be an acculturated Jew in America today is to vacillate between a sense of belonging and otherness.

The Rise of the ‘Holy Spirit’ in Kabbalah by Adam Afterman
The rise of the “holy spirit” in medieval Kabbalah marks a dramatic development in the history of Jewish mysticism.


The Delicate Power of Modern Orthodox Judaism by Shuli Taubes
As long as the Modern Orthodox community can work on civil discourse, it can face its unique challenges and continue to transmit its core values.

High Stakes For Politically Liberal Modern Orthodox Jews by Shira Hanau
Can young Modern Orthodox Jews remain in such a tight-knit community while holding political positions opposed to those of their neighbors or rabbis?

Her Sister’s Blouse by Avril Alba
Jewish and Holocaust museums play a role in preserving and creating Jewish memory and in contributing to the development of communal identity.

A ‘View Of Judaism in its Own Terms’ by Jon D. Levenson
Harvard’s trajectory from Christian Hebraism to modern Jewish Studies and one larger-than-life professor critical to the transition.

Truth For Children by Sarah Hammerschlag
In the wake of World War II, French Jewish thinkers turned to the Hebrew Bible and rabbinic canons to narrate a Jewish past and future.

In Review

Jewish Creators, Resonant Themes: Comics as Midrash by Hillary Chute and Emmy Waldman
The superhero comic book and the graphic novel were both Jewish inventions.

Jewish Identity and Biblical Exposition in Darren Aronofsky’s Films by Eric X. Jarrard
Evaluating the use of ancient Jewish modes of interpretation in Aronofsky’s mother! and Noah.

An Alternative Theology of Destruction: Aligning with Suffering Jewish Flesh by Miriam-Simma Walfish
Julia Watts Belser’s Rabbinic Tales of Destruction: Gender, Sex, and Disability in the Ruins of Jerusalem

Pinpointing the Exodus from Egypt by Israel Knohl
An edited chap[ter from ך”נתה דלונ ךיא [How The Bible Was Born].

Savoring the Biblical Origins of Jewish Food by Robert Israel
A Q&A with Joan Nathan on her latest cookbook, King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World



Two Poems by Jennifer Barber

Three Poems by Abraham Chalfi, translated from the Hebrew by Atar Hadari

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