In honor of Martin Luther King Day, Professor Jonathan Kaufman reflects on the cooperation of Jews and Blacks in the Georgia Senate race, asking if it is a harbinger of renewed coalitions. by Jonathan Kaufman. As the country reels from the assault on the Capitol, Georgia’s election of two Democratic senators—one Black, one Jewish—is creating… Continue reading After Georgia, New Hope for a Black-Jewish Alliance?
A student journalist and Ruderman Scholar in Jewish Studies on the changing landscape in Jewish journalism by Deanna Schwartz. In April, the world’s oldest Jewish newspaper, the UK’s Jewish Chronicle, shut down for good. They’re not the only Jewish media outlet to shutter recently — over the past 10 years, Jewish media has suffered greatly,… Continue reading The Future of Jewish Media
By Lori Hope Lefkovitz Image above: Italian Chanukah menorah (17th or 18th century) featuring Judith, in the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Dawn of History At this season, when daylight hours are few and all around us people are displaying decorative lights—on homes, in windows, on evergreens—I like to imagine a time when the planet… Continue reading Secrets of the Sixth Candle
by Deborah Levisohn Stanhill. This week, Jews around the world celebrate the holiday of Sukkot. After the introspection of the High Holidays, we open ourselves once again to the world around us in joyous celebration of the fall harvest season. One of the commandments (mitzvah) of the holiday is to build, and metaphorically live in,… Continue reading Celebrating Sukkot in a pandemic
A Northeastern Professor Reflects on his Time Living in a Druze Town by William F.S. Miles. As recent protests in Jerusalem attest, no ethno-religious group has been as much disturbed by Israel’s new nationality law as the Druze. For sure, parliamentary ratification of a collective destiny for Israel’s Jewish citizens alone, and the concomitant elimination… Continue reading An Outside View Inside Israeli Druze Society
Painting (above) by Isaak Asknaziy, 1893. By Debra H. Mandel. The library has various media resources on Yiddish and Klezmer music, which thrived in Eastern Europe and America amongst Ashkenazi Jews during the 19th century through the mid-20th century. The genre was further shaped by American jazz. Klezmer musicians performed at life-cycle functions and took… Continue reading An Introduction to Yiddish and Klezmer Music through the Northeastern University Library
By Lori Hope Lefkovitz. Tish'a B’Av—the ninth day of the month of Av, which this year falls on July 30— at the height of summer’s dry heat, is a long day of fasting and national mourning for the Jewish people world-over, commemorating the fiery losses of the Temples in Jerusalem and later calamities of Jewish… Continue reading Tish’a B’Av
By Daniel P. Aldrich. Daniel Aldrich's understanding of resilience at the current moment is enriched by both his scholarly work and his deep knowledge of Jewish religious texts. In his day job, Prof. Aldrich directs Northeastern's Security and Resilience Studies Program, where he researches post-disaster recovery and countering violent extremism. Unbeknownst to some, however, Professor… Continue reading Finding Resilience, Finding Justice: A Jewish Perspective