Concentrator Lex Rofes '13 published in Contact journal

Judaic Studies Concentrator Lex Rofes '13 was published in the Winter 2013 issue of Contact, a quarterly journal run by the Steinhardt Foundation. His article, "Jewish Learning on Campus: Why I Care About Rabbis Who Died 2,000 Years Ago," discusses his vastly different but equally strong connections to Jewish learning and to Judaic Studies.

The issue can be found at the following link:

(Distributed April 10, 2013)

$500 Undergraduate Essay Prize in Judaic Studies

The award will go to the best academic essay written by a current Brown University undergraduate (regardless of concentration) on any topic relating to Jews and Judaism. Papers that use interdisciplinary approaches are especially encouraged.

Submissions can include (but are not limited to) a paper used in a course (revised or not), original research, or a thesis chapter that can stand on its own.

(Distributed March 18, 2013)

Video of Sarah Stein's Stulman Memorial Lecture

"Indigenous Jews: Oil, Anthropology , and French Colonial Law in the Algerian Sahara" by Professor Sarah Abrevaya Stein (UCLA).

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(Distributed November 5, 2012)

Sarah Stien to Present Stulman Lecture

Date:  Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Location: Brown/RISD Hillel, 80 Brown Street, Providence, RI 
Presenter: Professor Sarah Stein

(Distributed November 4, 2012)

Recent Faculty Publications

Jacobson, David C., Beyond Political Messianism: The Poetry of Second-Generation Religious Zionist Settlers

In recent decades, a group of second-generation religious Zionist West Bank settlers have turned away from the collectivist political messianic ideology of the first generation of settlers and have begun to explore poetry as a mode of individual self-expression. Based on interviews of eight key figures in this new trend and an analysis of their poetry, Beyond Political Messianism: The Poetry of SecondGeneration Religious Zionist Settlers tells the story of how they revolutionized the religious Zionist settler culture by moving poetry into the mainstream of that culture and how they introduced into the world of secular Israeli literature images and language drawn from their lives as religiously observant Jews. Among the themes central to these poets’ concerns are: the formation of a religious identity based on faith and ritual observance, the relationship of the contemporary Jew to the Bible and to traditional Jewish texts, appropriate ways to write about erotic experiences, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

(Distributed November 1, 2012)
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