Category Archives: Place and Art

World Wide Chabad - My Strange Feeling of Home

Zoe Jick
July 16, 2012

I recently visited Beijing, a city completely foreign to me in language, history and culture. I wasn’t afraid of the unknown because I had books and I had curiosity. I headed to the airport with my backpack and my passport in my typical travel outfit: a cut off green Maccabi Haifa tee and a Birthright More »


Jerusalem: Start Up City Since Avraham Avinu

Matt Bar
July 12, 2012

This Month’s Shma Journal focuses on how ‘place’ informs our Jewish Identity. Elan Ezrachi’s article magnifies this lens on Jerusalem and the city’s relatively recent cultural revival of the past 100 years.  After analysis, Ezrachi concludes most innovators utilize Jerusalem for their start-up city then often move elsewhere.  “More than 100 years since the founding More »


Teaching about Jews and Place

Caryn Aviv
July 5, 2012

“Trees have roots, Jews have legs.”   -Isaac Deutscher   Here’s what’s currently on my desk:  Peter Beinart’s “The Crisis of Zionism,” Barbara Mann’s “Space and Place in Jewish Studies,” the latest issue of Habitus: A Diaspora Journal: New York.  I’m revising a course called Global Jewish Societies, while trying to get organized for a trip More »


Finding a Place

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster
July 2, 2012

I’m a dual citizen. I was born to Canadian parents in New York, and the fact that I am American at all is an accident of timing. “The baby” unexpectedly was born a month early, 3 days before my mother was supposed to fly back to Toronto to have “the baby” at home, because “the More »


Creating Sacred Spaces

Emily Goldberg
June 25, 2012

Home is a place that I once took for granted. I opened my front door to a warm family, nourishing meals, and unconditional love on a daily basis, never once curious if these blessings in life could ever be limited for me. While I knew that there were countless people in the world who were More »


The Place Is Here

Rabbi Amitai Adler
June 20, 2012

Places can be important. Jerusalem, New York, London. The shul you go to, the house you grew up in, your favorite park or museum. Many of us even have a favorite spot in our homes, a favorite table at our local hangout, a makom kavuah (habitual seat) in the Bet Midrash or shul. We like More »