Next seminar March 23 with Prof. Michael Silber

Monday, March 10, 2014
The next Jewish Studies Seminar will meet Sunday, March 23. Michael Silber from the Hebrew University will lead a seminar on "In Dreams End Responsibilities: Spirituality, Gender and Fundamentalism in the Dreamworlds of a 19th Century Ultra-Orthodox Couple." paper available ... Read More »

Kalman Bland Discusses "Medieval Perspectives on Human Rights"

Thursday, March 6, 2014
In this lecture, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Duke, Kalman Bland, discusses "Medieval Jewish Perspectives on Human Rights" as part of the on-going series "The Jewish Tradition & Human Rights"

The Mystery of the Bible’s Phantom Camels

Monday, February 24, 2014
The Mystery of the Bible’s Phantom CamelsA new study reignites the thorny debate over biblical accuracyBy Elizabeth Dias @elizabethjdiasFeb. 11, 201442 Comments Getty ImagesOnce upon a time, Abraham owned a camel. According to the Book of Genesis, he probably owned lots of camels. The Bible says... Read More »

Shalom Goldman on Religion, Intermarriage, and the Peace Process

Monday, February 24, 2014
by SHALOM GOLDMAN for ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 21, 2014:  While Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts toward Israeli-Palestinian peace still generate headlines in the US, Israeli readers have long lost any initial interest they might have had in Kerry’s flurry of diplomatic activity. As one... Read More »

“The Earth is the Lord's”: Psalms and Songs of Exile and Return

Monday, February 10, 2014
Duke is proud to present “The Earth is the Lord's”: Psalms and Songs of Exile and Return; contemporary settings of Biblical texts for baritone and piano.The performance will take place on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 10:00am in Goodson Chapel at the Duke Divinity School.  Duke's very own Eric... Read More »

Next seminar February 16 with Karen Auerbach

Thursday, February 6, 2014
The next Jewish Studies Seminar will meet Sunday, February 16. Our presenter will be Prof. Karen Auerbach, Department of History, UNC-Chapel Hill. She will lead a discussion on ” ‘Nusekh Poyln‘?  Jewish Integration and Its Obstacles in Poland after the Holocaust.” paper... Read More »

Holy Smoke

Thursday, January 23, 2014
    Holy Smoke  By Shalom GoldmanSince the 1960s many in America’s alternative religious communities have embraced the use of marijuana and other mind-altering substances in their religious rituals. By hearkening back to Native American rites, these religious practitioners can point to a long... Read More »

Next Seminar January 19 with Brian Horowitz

Monday, January 13, 2014
The next Jewish Studies Seminar will meet Sunday, January 19. Our guest will be Brian Horowitz, Professor of Russian and Jewish History, Tulane University. He will lead a discussion on ”Jabotinsky and Authority, 1928-1933." paper available  JSS – Horowitz version2 event flyer... Read More »

The Rabbis and Human Rights: The Ancient Period

Thursday, January 9, 2014
Professor Evyatar Marienberg (UNC-Chapel Hill), gives a lecture entitled "The Rabbis and Human Rights: The Ancient Period" as part of "The Jewish Tradition and Human Rights" lecture series.The lecture series is generously sponsored by the Duke Center for Jewish Studies, The Kenan Institute for... Read More »

“And a Merry Christmas to You, Mr. Netanyahu!”

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
“And a Merry Christmas to You, Mr. Netanyahu!”January 6, 2014By Shalom Goldman, Duke UniversityAmerican Jews have long struggled with the Christmas Season. It may not be our holiday, many Jews have felt, but it is after all a great American holiday. How then are we to relate to it?For more... Read More »