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: 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 »

Pope Francis and the Holy Land: Is Religion the Pathway to Peace?

Thursday, June 12, 2014
This article originally appeared on ISLAMiCommentary at:“A Christian, a Muslim and a Jew walk into a… “Sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it’s a serious refrain that’s become especially... Read More »

The Piyyut (Poem) Akdamut Milin: The Enigma and Perseverance of Tradition

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
This article originally appeared at: to the Poem here “An introduction of words and a beginning of speech:From the first, I request authority and permission…”Thus opens the famous and enigmatic piyyut—liturgical poem or hymn—of the Shavuot festival, Akdamut... Read More »

Selfie Militarism

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Selfie MilitarismRebecca L. Stein and Adi Kuntsman 23 May 2014This article originally appeared at: In late April, an amateur video of Israeli army aggression in the occupied West Bank began to circulate online. The content... Read More »

When Bibi Meets Modi: Israel and the Indian Elections

Thursday, May 22, 2014
When Bibi Meets Modi: Israel and the Indian Electionsby Shalom GoldmanAfter weeks-long elections in India, the Hindu nationalist BJP party, with Narendra Modi as prime-minister elect, has emerged as the overwhelming victor in a hotly contested campaign. The election results were both an affirmation... Read More »

Religion, Nationalism, and “Ancestral Homelands”

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Vladimir Putin painting by Former President George W. Bush via Shalom GoldmanIn June of 2001, George W. Bush famously claimed that he had looked into the eyes of Vladimir Putin and “found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy, and we had a very good dialogue. I was able... Read More »

The Use and Abuse of the Holocaust in Marking the Rwandan Genocide

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the start of a months-long carnage that claimed the lives of about 800,000 people in Rwanda. We’d like to believe it took us by surprise, but there is just too much evidence to the contrary. It was reported in real time, and we looked away. A Rwandan... Read More »

Eric Meyers and Carol Meyers give annual Petrie Oration in Australia and are interviewed by Radio New Zealand

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Eric Meyers and Carol Meyers jointly delivered the annual Petrie Oration at the Australian Institute of Archaeology in Melbourne on March 28, 2014. The lecture, entitled "Holy Land Archaeology: Where the Past Meets the Present" utilized four case studies to illustrate the intersection between... Read More »

Wednesday April 2 seminar with Dr. Grit Schorch

Monday, March 24, 2014
On Wednesday, April 2 the Jewish Studies Seminar welcomes Dr. Grit Schorch.  The topic is:  “Moses Mendelssohn’s Bilingual Language Philosophy and the Modern Language Discussion.” Her visit is sponsored by the UNC Center for Jewish Studies. paper available   JSS – Schorch