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The Conceptual and Anthropological History of Bat Mitzvah

Two Lexical Paths and Two Jewish Identities

Hizky Shoham

initiation, consumer culture, and Jewish identity is in order. Initiation Rites versus Birthdays: Two Perceptions of (Jewish) Identity Bat mitzvah (or the masculine bar mitzvah , for that matter) appears in modern sources in two main senses: (1) as the

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Edward Mycue, Jane Liddell-King, Louis Daniel Brodsky, Robert Manaster, Robert Weinberg, Steven B. Katz, Ben Wilensky, and Lotte Kramer

Birthday Celebration

Seven Brachot for Chava

Ghost Ship over Poland


Prometheus II


She had Troubles of her Own our Rabbi

My Father was a Writer Dream Tales

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Christopher Nield, Steven B. Katz, and Simon Lichman

The Golem

To Greta Garbo, on her 100th Birthday (18 September 2005)

Landscape With Hunters In A Barn Ramygola Cemetery Over Lithuania-Poland

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The Madness of King Charles III

Shakespeare and the Modern Monarchy

Richard Wilson

ninetieth birthday. RSC supremo Greg Doran directed the Prince of Wales in this broadcast, which tactfully omitted the lines from Henry VIII predicting the Queen’s supersession by a sovereign who ‘shall star-like rise as great in fame’, and cut straight to

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John Albert White (1910-2001)

John J. Stephan

On 8 August 2001, John Albert White passed away in League City, Texas, six days before his ninety-first birthday and six decades after his debut as a historian of Russia in Asia.

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George Craig

In this brief introduction to the Symposium to celebrate the 75th birthday of Gabriel Josipovici, held at the University of Sussex on 10 September 2016, the author recalls his first meeting with Gabriel during the 1960s, when literary criticism was dominated by a particular English perspective. As a cultural outsider, Gabriel introduced new approaches, particularly from France, that became part of transformative changes to the discipline as taught at the university.

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The "Social"

The Global Career of an Idea

Lutz Leisering

This special issue assembles contributions from the global North and South to inquire into the future of the “social” from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on sociology, political science and law. What does “social” mean, and do social policy and the welfare state have a future in a global age? The issue is published on the occasion of the eightieth birthday of Franz-Xaver Kaufmann, who is considered the doyen of the sociology of social policy in Germany (see his recent books, translated into English, Kaufmann 2012, 2013a, 2013b).

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Israel Abrahams

Master Teacher of Liberal Judaism

Harvey Meirovich

Solomon Schechter departed England in the spring of 1902 to become president of the reorganised Jewish Theological Seminary of America. His post as Reader in Rabbinic and Talmudic Literature at Cambridge University was taken up by 44-year-old Israel Abrahams who remained at the post until his demise at age sixty-seven. Israel Abrahams hailed from a distinguished pedigree. His father Barnett Abrahams served as a Principal of Jews’ College but died from rheumatic fever before his thirty-third birthday. Israel’s mother, born Jane Rodrigues Brandon, traced her family tree to fugitives from the Spanish Inquisition

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Jonathan Magonet

In November 2009 the Humboldt University, Potsdam, awarded an Honorary Doctorate to Rabbi Ernst Stein, marking his eightieth birthday. Born in Germany, a refugee in Shanghai during the war, living in Israel at the time of the War of Independence, later settling in America, Rabbi Stein encapsulates in his life much of the dramatic history of continental European Jewry during the twentieth century. But exceptionally, in his fifties, he decided to study for the rabbinate and was accepted at Leo Baeck College. He subsequently returned to Germany where he worked as a community rabbi for sixteen years, remaining active on a part-time basis after retirement. We include the welcome from the University President, Professor Markschies, who notes the uniqueness of this occasion in the history of the university, together with the Laudatio by your editor and Rabbi Stein’s response.

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John Foot and Samantha Owen

On 17 March 2011, Italy celebrated its 150th anniversary. On that day

in 1861, Victor Emmanuel II had become the first king of Italy. This

date, however, marked only a formal moment of annexation. It was not

a day of revolution but instead a bureaucratic (albeit highly symbolic)

political unification. The date 17 March was designated as a national

holiday on a one-off basis in 2011, and on that day flags were raised

across Italy to celebrate the nation’s 150th birthday. The central event

took place at a parliamentary session where the two houses heard a

speech delivered by President Giorgio Napolitano. Official celebrations

were also planned for many key places linked to the history

of the unification process and Italy in general.