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'You can tell the story either way': journalist on Israel-Palestine conflict

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
  By Sydney Sarachek | November 11, 2014 This article originally appeared in The Chronicle at: http://www.dukechronicle.com/articles/2014/11/11/you-can-tell-story-either-way-journalist-israel-palestine-conflictIn light of the increasing tension between Israeli and Palestine this summer, Ethan... Read More »

Rhetoric and Nation The Formation of Hebrew National Culture, 1880–1990

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
In Rhetoric and Nation: The Formation of Hebrew National Culture, 1880–1990 Professor Ginsburg considers a wide range of texts of literature, criticism, and politics, while exploring the way each text manifests its own singular logic, which cannot be subsumed under any single ideology. Through... Read More »

LSD and the Rabbis: Part II

Monday, October 20, 2014
This article is a sequel to “LSD and the Rabbis.“By Shalom GoldmanIn utilizing intoxicants to heighten individual religious experience, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi was influenced by the emerging zeitgeist of the early 1960s, a zeitgeist that the Esalen Institute of Big Sur, California, did... Read More »

A Vocabulary of Desire

Monday, September 29, 2014
In A Vocabulary of Desire, Laura Lieber offers a nuanced, multifaceted and highly original study of how the Song of Songs was understood and deployed by Jewish liturgical poets in Late Antiquity (ca. 4th-7th centuries CE). Through her examination of poems which embellish and even rewrite the Song... Read More »

Johnny Cash in the Holy Land

Friday, September 12, 2014
Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash were deeply religious people whose personal and professional lives were imbued with a sense of spiritual struggle and religious engagement. The 2005 biopic Walk the Line was very good at depicting the sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll aspect of Cash’s life and art, but... Read More »

The Military Diminishment of Judaism

Monday, August 25, 2014
This article originally appeared on Patheos, and can be found at: http://www.patheos.com/Topics/2014-Religious-Trends/Jewish/The-Military-Diminishment-of-Judaism-Shalom-Goldman-08-20-2014 By Shalom Goldman, August 20, 2014Editors' Note:This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series:... Read More »

LSD and the Rabbi's

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
By Shalom GoldmanThis article originally appeared on Sacred Matters.  You can access the original article at: https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/sacredmatters/2014/08/14/lsd-and-the-rabbis/The reactions to the death last month of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi may be a sign that the conversation about... Read More »

Quashing Jewish Dissent on Israel

Monday, July 14, 2014
A New Yorker cartoon of a few years back shows Moses and the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. Looking at Moses, one Israelite says to the other, “Well, he’s alright, but I wish he were a little more pro-Israel.”The leadership of American Jewish community organizations never has to worry about... Read More »

Abraham Joshua Heschel Papers are open!

Monday, July 7, 2014
It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that the Duke Center for Jewish Studies and the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library announce that the Abraham Joshua Heschel papers collection guide is now live and the collection is open to research: http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/... Read More »

Working at the URJ: My Summer in NYC

Thursday, July 3, 2014
Follow Jill Rubin, rising senior in the History Department at Duke, as she writes about her experiences in NYC while interning at the Union for Reform Judaism in NYC.  Ms. Rubin's honors thesis, which she is working on both this summer, and through the academic year, focuses on Jewish and African-... Read More »

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