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 »

Duke CJS Announces: Perilman Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Friday, December 13, 2013
 The Center for Jewish Studies at Duke University invites applications for the Perilman Post-Doctoral Fellowship in any field of Jewish Studies for the 2014-2015 academic year, with the possibility of renewal for the following year. The Fellowship provides a stipend of $39,264 (US) per year, as... Read More »

Carol Meyers Delivers Presidential Address to SBL

Friday, December 13, 2013
Carol Meyers, Mary Grace Wilson Professor of Religion at Duke University and current president of the Society of Biblical Literature, delivered the presidential address in a plenary session of the annual meeting entitled "Was Ancient Israel a Patriarchal Society?"For more on the address, as well as... Read More »

Gotta Serve Somebody: Bob Dylan in American Religion and Culture

Friday, December 13, 2013
Bob Dylan connects religion and pop culture Amanda Brumwell / The ChronicleFaculty jam out to a repertoire of Bob Dylan songs at Goodson Chapel Thursday. By Zaynah Alam | October 4, 2013     Students, faculty and community members were knocking on heaven's door in Goodson Chapel Thursday... Read More »

Jonathan Eybeschutz: Sabbatianism, Christianity & World Religion

Sunday, November 17, 2013
David Halperin,  SOME THEMES IN THE BOOK VA-AVO HA-YOM EL HA-'AYIN Pawel Maciejko, Coitus interruptus in And I came this day unto the fountain 24 November @ 7pm, Franklin Center, 2204 Erwin Road, Room 240 Coitus interruptus of Va Halperin.Duke-UNC paper

Heschel Highlights, Part 2

Thursday, September 26, 2013
Processing the materials in the Abraham Joshua Heschel papers over the past three months has presented interesting challenges, including deciphering a wide assortment of languages represented in the collection (we’re up to nine languages thus far) and determining date ranges for the materials.... Read More »

Johnny Cash Is In the Promised Land

Friday, September 13, 2013
This article originally appeared on Patheos By Shalom Goldman, Duke UniversityJohnny Cash died on September 12, 2003, and as we approach the tenth anniversary of his death, his reputation as an American musical master seems only to grow. His recordings continue to sell briskly, particularly the... Read More »