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Recent Content

Organizing Panel on Soviet Jewish Culture for the 50th Annual Convention of the Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies [ASEEES]

I would like to create a panel on Jewish culture in the Soviet Union for the 50th Annual Convention of the Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies [ASEEES], Boston, MA, December 6-9, 2018. The theme of the conference is “Performance”. I am looking for the paper proposals on Soviet Jewish theater, film, music, literature and arts as well as the chair for the panel. I am going to present my paper on Jewish culture in Kyiv in the interwar period.

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

Re readings on Judaism and sexuality, the following article should also be of interest:

Hillel Gray, "The Transitioning of Jewish Biomedical Law: Rhetorical and Practical Shifts in Halakhic Discourse on Sex-Change Surgery," Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies and Gender Issues, 29 (Spring 2015), pp. 81-107.

Deborah Greniman
Managing Editor, NASHIM

CFP: Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to announce an important international Conference which is taking place as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018. Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence is being held from 3-7 September 2018 in the World Heritage City of Krakow, Poland.  The Conference will bring together academics, planners, policy makers and community leaders to examine and discuss the pasts, presents and futures for towns and cities with Jewish Heritage, particularly in Europe.

TOC Special Issue: New Perspectives on Jewish Legal History, Jewish History 31 (1–2) 2017

Jewish History

CONTENTS   Volume 31    Nos. 1–2   2017

Special Issue: New Perspectives on Jewish Legal History


Jay Berkovitz and Ephraim Kanarfogel

Marriage Before the Bench: Divorce Law and Litigation Strategies in Thirteenth-Century Ashkenaz

Rachel Furst

Situating Maimonides’s Approach to the Oral Torah in Its Andalusian Context

Marc Herman

Obituary: Passing of Prof. Aharon Shemesh

H-Judaic is deeply saddened to learn of the untimely passing, after a courageous battle with cancer,  of Prof. Aharon Shemesh (1943-2018), one of the leading Talmud faculty members at Bar Ilan University.  Born in Israel, Prof. Shemesh trained at Bar Ilan, where he studied, among others, with Daniel Boyarin and Moshe Weiss, and then joined Bar Ilan's faculty in 1996.