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On Not Teaching Night & Fog to University Students Who Don’t Have Time (For the Holocaust)

Something very strange happened in my American Judaism class this past week. At the start of the semester in relation to I forget what I got into an argument with my students (a good natured one I’d like to think) … Continue reading

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Israel Travel Ban (Jewish Studies Letter of Protest)

Jewish Studies colleagues can consider signing this statement,  which you can find here, in opposition to the Israel travel plan barring supporters of BDS and settlement boycotts from entering the country. To the best of my knowledge, the Jewish Studies professoriate … Continue reading

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Jewish Studies Post-Election: What Now and What Does the Future Hold? (AJS 2016)

Organized by David Biale and others, these are two sessions on Trump and the state of Jewish politics (and Jewish Studies in the Age of Trump) at the upcoming Association for Jewish Studies conference AJS Post-Election Sessions Jewish Studies Post-Election: … Continue reading

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Laura Levitt On (Not) Being Jacob Neusner’s Student

Free from what she calls the “really real,” this is a powerful memory by Laura Levitt who studied under the wing of the late Jacob Neusner at Brown before launching her own spectacular career as a pioneer scholar of Judaism and … Continue reading

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(On History & Anti-Semitism) Jewish Studies Professoriate Weighs in on Trump

This statement was organized by David Biale and so many others. Anyone who’s anyone across the field of Jewish Studies signed on; others of us found out about it too late to be able to get on the list. Kudos … Continue reading

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Against the American Jewish Identity Paradigm (Yitzchak Schwartz)

by contributing editor Yitzchak Schwartz In her 2000 Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies article on American Jewish history, historian Hasia Diner notes a new trend in the field in which a growing number of works were focusing on Jews’ self-understanding … Continue reading

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Not a Rabbi (I Try to Explain)(Jewish Studies)

The editors at the Bulletin for the Study of Religion were nice to include me in their series, “So You’re Not a Priest, Scholars Try to Explain…To Others” about academic scholars of Religion. You can read my post here. Not a … Continue reading

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