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Love and the Bible: A Conversation with Ilan Stavans

Love and the Bible: A Conversation with Ilan Stavans
By March 1, 2008

In a series of six conversations and an epilogue recently published in book form under the title of Love and Language (Yale University Press, with Verónica Albin), Ilan Stavans explores a wide spectrum of cultural views towards love through language, … Read More

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Is Kabbalah Mysticism? Continuing the Debate

Is Kabbalah Mysticism?  Continuing the Debate
By March 1, 2008

Is Kabbala Mysticism? Another View by Shaul Magid I In a provocative essay “Jewish Mysticism in the University: Academic Study or Theological Practice?” (Zeek December, 2007) Boaz Huss raises a series of questions that should challenge academics and non-academics alike … Read More

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(De)Programming the Middle East: A Conversation with Jamal Dajani

(De)Programming the Middle East: A Conversation with Jamal Dajani
By March 1, 2008

If you haven’t seen it before, Mosaic will change the way you think about the Middle East. A thirty-minute daily news report aggregating content from the region’s major television news outlets, this seven-year old program airing on Link TV has … Read More

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The Blues, Prayer, and Unrequited Love

The Blues, Prayer, and Unrequited Love
By March 1, 2008

“The Blues ain’t about making yourself feel better,” said Bleeding Gums Murphy to Lisa Simpson, “it’s about making other people feel worse.” Sing on, Bleeding Gums! From beyond the grave! Teach us what we need to know about prayer. Prayer. … Read More

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Ruth Wisse’s Sermon

Ruth Wisse’s Sermon
By March 1, 2008

Reviewed: Ruth R. Wisse, Jews and Power Schocken, 2007. Jews have a long and intriguing tradition of tracing the roots of Jewish powerlessness to Judaism itself. In a well-known aside in his Theological-Political Treatise, the philosopher and Jewish apostate suggested … Read More

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ARTSESSION 2007: Contemporary Israeli Artists from Russia

ARTSESSION 2007: Contemporary Israeli Artists from Russia
By March 1, 2008

This essay by Marina Genkina is excerpted from the introduction to a new catalog of Israeli-Russian artists titled ARTSESSION 2007: Contemporary Israeli Artists from Russia (© 2007). Originally written in Russian, it was translated by Isaac Gorelic and Sonia Kunova-Gorelic … Read More

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Earth and Sky

Earth and Sky
By March 1, 2008

Earth and Sky, by Joe Gallo More cover art: Julia Blaukopf, Rainy Sign Martin Weinstein, Teresa #18 Danielle Green, It’s Thrilling Julie Paschkis,The Reader Abshalom Jac Lahav,Karl Mark Robin Ross, Blue During Blues Susan Dee, How Deep is the Ocean … Read More

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A Sephardic Answer to Modern Jewish Identity

A Sephardic Answer to Modern Jewish Identity
By March 1, 2008

While no one can estimate the exact number of Sephardic Jews in the United States, the number is thought to be close to 150,000. Some of these Jews are the descendents of Spanish-Portuguese communities; some are the heirs of Jews … Read More

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