Marc Gopin Adam B. Seligman, Modest Claims: Dialogues and Essays on Tolerance and Tradition (University of Notre Dame Press: 2004) $40, 216pp. FOR THE FOLLOWING two reasons, Modest Claims: Dialogues and Essays on Tolerance and Tradition is one of the most interesting books I have ever read. First, the book includes a cast of characters
Jeffrey K. Salkin WHEN THINGS GET HOT in synagogue land, I find myself humming “If I Were A Rich Man” from Fiddler on the Roof , especially the line “when you’re rich they think you really know.” It is a perpetual pattern in Jewish history: wealth vs. spirituality and learning; lay leaders vs. rabbis. We
Slowly the myth crumbled. Purity of arms fell away, then purity of intention, then integrity of purpose Surprisingly, the last to go was the abiding belief that the State of Israel was and had to be the center of the Jewish universe.
The way home is neither simple nor straight for someone raised to think of Israel as the logical and existential outcome of a committed Judaism.
Globalization offers the rationale and the means to modernize Israel’s Jewish mission.
Tali Hyman: Jewish identity has long been reified as a powerful “product” to be urgently manufactured and marketed.
When I asked students if Jewish involvement placed them outside the mainstream of student and campus life, many answered my question with their own: What does counterculture even mean today?