ToC: Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 39.2

Tara Saunders Discussion

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Table of Contents


  • "An Ottoman Holy Land: Two Early Modern Travel Accounts and Imperial Subjectivity" 
    • by Orit Bashkin and Sooyong Kim
  • "Revisiting the 'Cosel Period'. A Fresh Perspective on the Stopping of Western Deportation Trains En Route to Auschwitz, 1942-43" 
    • by Susanne Barth
  • "Jews, Germans, and Comedy: Re-viewing Ernst Lubitsch's To Be or Not to Be"
    • by R.J. Cardullo
  • "'Pursuing Universalism through the Particular: Zionism and Transnational Modernism in Arieli's "In the Light of Venus"" 
    • by Philip Hollander
  • "The Sabba of Kretchnef: The Life and Death of a Minor Tzaddik" 
    • by Pinchas Giller
  • "Shoah Selfies, Shoah Selfie Shaming, and Social Photography in Sergei Loznitsa's Austerlitz (2016)"
    • by Daniel Magilow
  • "The Dog's Passion: Tmol Shilshom's Scripture of Violence" 
    • by Omri Ben-Yehuda

Creative Work

  • "Timewound"
  • "Solitude of Night"
  • "Low Mass"
  • "Befindlichkeit"
  • "Convalescing"
  • "Ne Ilah"

all poetry by Eliot R. Wolfson

Book Forum: Jacques Sémelin, The Survival of the Jews in France, 1940–44 (2019)

  • "Introduction"
    • by Jan Burzlaff
  • "Jacques Sémelin and the French Recovery of Righteousness"
    • by Robert Gildea
  • "Contradictions: Contextualizing Social Solidarity and Jewish Exclusion in World War II France"
    • by Shannon Fogg
  • "Social Reactivity and Small Gestures of Solidarity: A Social Anthropologist's Perspective"
    • by Sandra Ott
  • "An Ordinary Tale of Solidarity and Survival? Reflections on Jacques Sémelin's The Survival of the Jews in France, 1940–44"
    • by Aliza Luft

Book Reviews

  • The Accusation: Blood Libel in an American Town by Edward Berenson
    • Reviewed by Joel Streicker
  • The Portrayal of Jews in Modern Bielarusian Literature by Zina Gimpelevich
    • Reviewed by Anika Walke
  • Two Gods in Heaven: Jewish Concepts of God in Antiquity by Peter Schäfer
    • Reviewed by Zev Garber
  •  The Spiritual Transformation of Jews by Roberta G. Sands
    • Reviewed by Donald Weber