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‘Why Do You Have to Look So Jewish All the Time?’

Antisemitism and the Jewish Body in Howard Jacobson's Kalooki Nights

Joshua Lander

Jew, Jew, Jew Howard Jacobson describes Kalooki Nights (2006) as the ‘most Jewish novel that has ever been written by anybody, anywhere’. 1 This provocative proclamation encapsulates the brashness of Jacobson's prose and the avidly comic

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'Jewish' Ethnic Options in Germany between Attribution and Choice

Auto-ethnographical Reflections at the Jewish Museum Berlin

Victoria Bishop Kendzia

This article explores the issue of ethnic attributions versus options pertaining to Jewishness in Germany. The methodology is a combination of standard ethnographic fieldwork with Berlin-based high-school students before, during and after visits to the Jewish Museum Berlin (JMB) and auto-ethnography detailing and analysing my own experiences in and outside of the research sites. My goal is to illustrate particularities of interactions in sites like the JMB by contrasting the way in which Jewishness is handled in and outside of the standardised research situation. Further, the material points to continuities between anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. My analysis aims to open up further, productive discussion on this point.

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Interview with Howard Jacobson

David Brauner

what point did that anxiety recede? HJ: It didn't [laughs]. I suppose I've gotten used to it but there is that feeling still. I used to think it was just a wrong name and a bad name. All this was definitely wrapped up with Jewish discomfort. I've just

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Why Were the Founders of Liberal Judaism in Britain Opposed to Zionism?

Lev Taylor

In March 1899, Lily Montagu, a Jewish social worker, wrote to a select group of family and friends asking whether they would like to set up a Jewish spiritual organisation. Foremost among the people she recruited was the philanthropist and

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The Authority to Define a Jew

The Controversy about Levirate Marriage between Jacob Ibn Ḥabib and Elijah Mizraḥi at the Beginning of the Sixteenth Century

Susanne Härtel

The Controversy about Levirate Marriage and the Position of Converts The beginning of the sixteenth century saw an intense exchange among rabbinic scholars of varying descent. Connections had always existed between centres of Jewish learning

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Jewish Diversity in Israel

Uzi Rebhun

Introduction Israel was founded as a state in which the Jewish people would exercise their right to self-determination. This essence is anchored in the November 1947 resolution of the United Nations General Assembly to establish two states

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Living with the Legacy of the Holocaust through the Generations

Irene Bloomfield z'l and Gaby Glassman

trying desperately to find some country which would accept us all. We had never been separated from our parents before, and very sinister things were happening all around us. The favourite song of the Nazi hordes was: ‘When Jewish blood spurts from the

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Gabriel Josipovici

Three Figures

David Herman

as a refugee, his relation to different homes and traditions, his sense of being an outsider, an émigré in England, a Sephardi Jew in relation to the Jewish tradition, suggest ways in which history – seemingly absent from his work – is present in a

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The Jewish Centrality of Israel

The 1958 ‘Who Is a Jew?’ Affair as a Case Study

Ofer Shiff

create a rift within the Jewish people. Attempting to resolve this crisis, Ben-Gurion appealed to Jewish leaders from Israel and the Diaspora (the ‘Jewish sages’) for their opinions on how to handle the registration of children whose Jewish father and

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Jewish Tourism in Morocco

Hilloulot as a Case Study

Hanane Sekkat

Jewish tourism in Morocco: hilloulot as a case study This article discusses how the Moroccan state made remarkable efforts to reconnect with its Jewish children scattered all over the world and to make the country an emotional attraction for