CCAR JOURNAL: THE REFORM JEWISH QUARTERLY

Published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis

Excerpts from the Spring 2013 Issue


CONTENTS

FROM THE EDITOR

At the Gates

 

ARTICLES

Exodus, Esther, and the Macabees in Conversation: “They Tried to Kill Us; We Survived; Let’s Eat”

Amy Scheinerman

Esther, Exodus, Purim, and Passover

David J. Zucker

Violence, Laughter, and Morality: A Literary Analysis of Humor in Esther 

Sarah Bassin

“Spiking the Football” at the Fall of a Foe

Yossi Feintuch

Eileh Toldot Esav 

Edward S. Treister

Wrestling with Jacob, the Trickster 

Norman J. Cohen

Jonah: A Book of Irony 

Moshe Reiss

The Second “Book” of Jeremiah: From Doom to Destiny

Mark Dov Shapiro

Ancient and Modern Musings on the Akeidah: A Test Primarily of Sacrificial Devotion of Hearing the Right Message?

Ian Silverman

The God I Let In 

Edward Zerin

The Founders’ Perpetual Revolution

Stephen S. Pearce

You Can’t Wrap Herring in an iPad: Digitization of Sacred Jewish Books, the Stripping of Embodied Ritual, and the Implication for Jewish Education

Owen Gottlieb

Creating Community and Protecting Privacy: Seeking a Balance

Claire Gorfinkel

 

MAAYANOT (PRIMARY SOURCES)

“We Have Not Reached God,” an Essay by Chava Pinchas-Cohen on Two Poems by Admiel Kosman 

Stanley Nash

 

POETRY

The Marrano Woman

Yakov Azriel

Yiddish 

Yakov Azriel

Elephants in Chains

Patti Tana

Sh’liach Tzibur 

Daniel S. Alexander

See the Oneness

Nancy S. Abraham

If I am a Rib

Nancy S. Abraham

In Memory of the Priestly Sons

Rita Glassman

Women Reading Torah

Judy Katz-Levine

B’rachah for the Golden Years

Karen Hayworth Hainbach

 

BOOK REVEWS

Swimming in Moses’ Well: Poems on Numbers

Yakov Azriel

Reviewed by Adam D. Fisher

Did Moses Really Have Horns? And Other Myths about Jews and Judaism 

Rifat Sonsino

Reviewed by Donald M. Splansky

Losses 

Lea Goldberg

Edited with afterword by Giddon Ticotsky

Reviewed by Israel Zoberman

The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping

Aharon Appelfeld

Reviewed by Israel Zoberman