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Abstract: The dramatic rescue of the Danish Jews from Nazi roundups in 1943 contrasts strikingly with the nation's cautious and cooperative response to most features of the German occupation. This paper argues that a full explanation of the rescue must therefore focus not only on Danish...
Abstract: Recent Israeli fiction has included an incredibly large number of works which reflect the intergenerational transmission of the trauma of the Holocaust. Some of the authors are well-known or newer talents, but not all are themselves children of survivors, for example David Grossman,...
Abstract: This paper is based on a survey conducted in 1890 by the Census Office of the vital statistics of over 10,600 Jewish families who as of December 31, 1889 had been in the United States for five or more years (Billings Report). The paper begins by discussing the origin and nature of the...
Abstract: Bahya ibn Paquda, in his work The Duties of the Heart , and Maimonides, barely a century later, in his Guide of the Perplexed , proclaim that the highest worship is the intellectual comprehension of God. Only by means of this knowledge can man serve Him "with all his heart and with all...
Abstract: In this paper it is argued that there are both moral and practical problems with obligating people to believe in God. This conclusion having been established, its implications for Judaism are then examined. More specifically, it is argued that the rejection of a commandment to believe...
Abstract: This article shows what joy is, according to Buber's thinking, and suggests why joy is missing in many a person's existence today. In his Hasidic writings Buber repeatedly describes joy as a blessed moment of human existence, which can occur in the personal and the communal realms....
Abstract: David ben Aryeh Leib of Lida (c. 1650-1696) was chief rabbi of several communities, among them the Ashkenaz community of Amsterdam, and the author of highly regarded books. His career was clouded, however, by charges of slander, Sabbatianism, and plagiarism. Although exonerated of the...
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