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A Bar Mitzvah Year

Rethinking Ritual

Ilana Korber

I first began to think about my son’s bar mitzvah the day before he was born. Although a long-term Jewish atheist, I reckoned that any extra assistance in getting him safely delivered could only be a bonus. So I made a promise to a god I did not

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Yoram Peri, Tamar Hermann, Shlomo Fischer, Asher Cohen, Bernard Susser, Nissim Leon, and Yaacov Yadgar

Introduction Yoram Peri

More Jewish than Israeli (and Democratic)? Tamar Hermann

Yes, Israel Is Becoming More Religious Shlomo Fischer

Religious Pressure Will Increase in the Future Asher Cohen and Bernard Susser

Secular Jews: From Proactive Agents to Defensive Players Nissim Leon

The Need for an Epistemological Turn Yaacov Yadgar

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Jonathan Magonet

I want to begin by expressing my enormous gratitude as a Jew and as a rabbi for Nostra Aetate and the fruit that it has borne and continues to bear. It has been a world-changing document, effective far beyond even Catholic-Jewish relations because

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The Montreal Moroccan Diaspora

History, Memories and Identities

Henry Green

Canada’s Moroccan Jewish community is the third largest diaspora in the world after Israel and France. This article introduces Sephardi Voices, a project to collect, preserve and archive audio-visually the life stories of Jews displaced from Arab/Islamic lands and in the process sketches an overview of the resettlement of one Sephardi migration community, the Moroccan to Montreal. Featuring scholars like Joseph Levy, Yolande Cohen and Jean-Claude Lasry, the integration experience of Moroccan Jews into the anglophone Ashkenazi community and the francophone Québécois society is presented, along with their efforts to build a French-Sephardi institutional structure to preserve their heritage. The article highlights the role of oral history and the aesthetics of remembrance as important vehicles to depict how memories are imparted and identities formed. Today, the Moroccan Jews of Montreal are transnationals and proud to add Canadian to their identity chain of Jewish, Sephardi, Moroccan and French.

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Debating the “Jewish Question” in Tunisia

War, Colonialism, and Zionism at a Mediterranean Crossroads, 1914–1920

Chris Rominger

participated, many of them unwillingly, in the European war. That afternoon, Sadik Simon, a decorated twenty-nine-year-old Jewish soldier on medical leave, ran into Jules Bonan, an accountant and leader of a local Zionist group Yochebet Tsion . 1 Jules asked

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Jewish Secular-Believer Women in Israel

A Complex and Ambivalent Identity

Hagar Lahav

identity in Israel: Jewish secular-believers. People bearing this identity see themselves as secular (i.e., unattached to any particular religion) but also believe in a higher/deeper power dimension, whether or not they use the term ‘God’. At first glance

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Jewish Museums

From Jewish Icons to Jewish Narratives

David Clark

The first Jewish museums were established in the late nineteenth century. By then, museums were coming into vogue all over Europe, with encouragement from central and local government. Furthermore, while private collections of objects of art had existed for centuries, these collections were now entering the public domain. And, for the first time, this trend also applied to the collection of Jewish ritual objects. As Cohen (1998) notes, art patronage in the form of donations to public museums was a way of displaying patriotism while at the same time seeking legitimacy in society.

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From Jewish Sentiments to Rational Exhortations

Battle Missives in the Israel Defense Forces

Netta Galnoor

so, what explains these changes? Analysis reveals that the meta-narrative in Israeli missives until the 1973 Yom Kippur War was interwoven with Jewish sentiments: Jewish history, heritage, holy scriptures, and religion were all used to create a

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Marc Saperstein

This paper is divided into three sections illustrating uses of the Book of Leviticus in three different contexts: Internal Jewish Issues, Jewish-Christian Relations and Social Justice.

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Gilad Ben-Nun

appear in the Hebrew Bible, I propose to follow the specific linguistic qualities addressing these two categories within the Torah—the Bible's oldest Jewish legal codex comprising the five books of the laws of Moses (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers