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Recent Content

Re: Research Query: Elephants Burying People?

For the question of Prof. Jacob Adler: In Book 2, Chapter 26 of Nishmat Hayyim, Menasseh ben Israel writes: "The practice of elephants is similar. If one of them kills a human being, he does not leave the body until he has cut branches and twigs from the trees of the forest and covered it up and buried it beneath them".
Does anyone know of possible source from which Menasseh may have derived this idea?

FEATURED JOB: Assistant Professor of Religion, Judaism (Carleton College)

Carleton College, Department of Religion

Assistant Professor of Religion, Judaism

Carleton College, Department of Religion, seeks qualified candidates for a full-time, tenure-track position in the study of Judaism at the level of Assistant Professor, to begin September 1, 2021. 

Seeking reading on Palestinian refugees

Can anyone recommend an introductory secondary source on the expulsion/flight of Palestinian refugees in 1948. It needs to be short (up to 30 pages) and appropriate for undergraduates who have no prior knowledge. I'm currently using Benny Morris's "The Causes and Character of the Arab Exodus from Palestine" but it's dated (1986) and only covers the period until June 1948. Please respond to my email. I'm happy to share a summary of suggestions once those come in. Thanks in advance!

Judaica Petropolitana - Call for Articles for the 2020 special issue on "Philosophy of Dialogue in Russian, German, and Jewish Thought"

Dear collegues,

As we had to cancel our Conference "Philosophy of Dialogue in Russian, German, and Jewish Thought" which was planned for June due to the COVID-19 pandemy, we decided to keep and to continue the project in the special issue of the Judaica Petropolitana.