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CFP: Jews and Race: Realities and Representations in Latin American Culture and Society (5th LAJSA regional conf.)

The Latin American Jewish Studies Association (LAJSA)

announces its


Hosted by

The Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies


The Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures

Columbia University




MAY 29-30, 2018


Research Query: Meaning of ההוא טמיר ונעלם

In Kabbalistic terms, what is the meaning of ההוא טמיר ונעלם in some versions of לשם יחוד? That is, to what sefirah, partzuf or other aspect does it refer?

With thanks,

Justin Jaron Lewis



Associate Professor, Judaism

Department of Religion

332 Fletcher Argue Building

University of Manitoba

Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2


(204) 474-8696

Re: Research Query: English translation of Nathan Alterman's "Shir shel Or"?

"Life on the edge, full and strong.
In the open! Everything! You've torn all your webs!
My daughter, on the edge of a knife we will never get old!
Your youth shines like knives!"  

(Nathan Alterman, "Shir shel or," in Hannan Hever, Suddenly, the Sight of War: Violence and Nationalism in Hebrew Poetry in the 1940s, trans. Lisa Katz, Stanford, 2016, p. 40).

Best wishes,
Liran Yadgar
Judaic Studies, Yale University

ToC: Judaica Librarianship 20 (2017)

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that volume 20 of Judaica Librarianship, the peer-reviewed journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries, has been published. The 2017 issue (https://ajlpublishing.org/jl/) incudes research papers and essays, book reviews, and two columns—one of them is our new JS/DH column by Michelle Chesner, for reviewing digital humanities projects in Jewish Studies. 

Re: Request: Readings on Judaism and sexuality - specific topics

Hi Justin,

You might want to check out my book The Passing Game: Queering Jewish American Culture which deals with some of these topics albeit in an earlier time frame. Also, I think there's an article in the book Queer Jews and a short story in Kosher Meat (yes, the title is horrible) that talks about BDSM as spiritual practice.

Warren Hoffman