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: 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: 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: 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 »