Jewish Quarterly Review

Jewish Quarterly Review
Volume 95, Number 4, Fall 2005

CONTENTS

Articles

    Huss, Boaz.
  • All You Need Is LAV: Madonna and Postmodern Kabbalah
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    Subject Headings:
    • Madonna, 1958- -- Religion.
    • Cabala -- United States.
    • Kabbalah Centre International.
    Abstract:
      Madonna studies Kabbalah and integrates Kabbalistic themes in her recent cultural productions. Her video-clip promo to James Bond's 'Die Another Day', features the Hebrew letters LAV, which are, according to an ancient Jewish tradition, part of the 72 names of God. Madonna studies Kabbalah at the Kabbalah center, the largest contemporary Kabbalistic group, headed by R. Philip Berg, who developed a postmodern version of the communist Kabbalah of the twentieth-century Kabbalist, R. Yehuda Ashlag. In the article, I claim that Madonna and the Kabbalah Center express a form of postmodern spirituality, that defies the modernist conception of "religion," and dissolves the distinctions that construct this conception. The practices of the Kabbalah Center express several of the major characteristics of postmodern culture, offering a postmodern bricolage of elements taken from Kabbalah, Philosophy, Science, Movies, TV shows, and Pop-culture. Similar to Madonna's blurring of boundaries between religion and entertainment, the Kabbalah Center effaces these distinctions by integrating Madonna into the Kabbalah Center practices. Fredric Jameson has argued in "Postmodernism and the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism," that postmodern culture is an expression of late, global (yet, American), multinational Capitalism, in which aesthetic production has become integrated into general commodity production. Similarly, I argue, the spiritual production today is integrated into global Capitalism's commodity production, and Madonna, the Kabbalah Center, as well as many other postmodern spiritual movements are part of the "spiritual logic of late Capitalism."
    Keywords:
      Madonna, Die Another Day, 72 Names of God, Kabbalah Center, Philip Berg, Yehuda Ashlag, Contemporary Kabbalah, Postmodern Kabbalah, Postmodern Spirituality, New Age.
    Magid, Shaul, 1958-
  • The Politics of (Un)Conversion: The "Mixed Multitude" (Erev Rav) as Conversos in Rabbi Hayyim Vital's Ets Ha-Daat Tov
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    Subject Headings:
    • Vital, Hayyim ben Joseph, 1542 or 3-1620. Ets ha-daat tov.
    • Bible. O.T. -- Criticism, interpretation, etc., Jewish -- Early works to 1800.
    Rand, Michael.
  • The Seder Beriyot in Byzantine-Era Piyyut
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    Subject Headings:
    • Piyutim -- History and criticism.
    • Liturgy and poetry.
    • Judaism -- Liturgy -- Early works to 1800.
    Abstract:
      In this article, I attempt to demonstrate the existence of an organic connection between the seder 'avoda, a piyyut type belonging to the liturgy of Yom Kippur, and the short introductory piyyut that frequently precedes it in liturgical practice-the seder beriyot. The connection is apparent on the thematic level, since the beginning of the seder 'avoda, together with the seder beriyot are both concerned with the story of creation. By means of an analysis of some of the formal properties of these two types, however, I argue that in addition to the thematic connection there exists a formal one as well, and that the seder beriyot grew out of the seder 'avoda through a process of internal differentiation that eventually led to the creation of a new piyyut type. In addition to this argument, I suggest that the introductory piyyut that sometimes precedes the seder 'olam in the liturgy of Shavuot was created by analogy to the seder beriyot.
    Keywords:
      piyyut, Qalir/Kilir, seder avoda, yom kippur liturgy, Hebrew liturgical poetry

Review Essay

    Engel, David.
  • The Holocaust: History and Metahistory in Three Recent Works
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    Subject Headings:
    • Aschheim, Steven E., 1942-, ed. Hannah Arendt in Jerusalem.
    • Bauer, Yehuda. Rethinking the Holocaust.
    • Hilberg, Raul, 1926- Sources of Holocaust research: an analysis.
    • Arendt, Hannah.
    • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Historiography.

Reviews

    Brettler, Marc Zvi.
  • In the Service of the King: Officialdom in Ancient Israel and Judah (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Fox, Nili Sacher. In the service of the king: officialdom in ancient Israel and Judah.
    • Jews -- Politics and government.
    Burkes, Shannon.
  • Abraham Meets Death: Narrative Humor in the Testament of Abraham (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Ludlow, Jared W. Abraham meets death: narrative humor in the Testament of Abraham.
    • Abraham (Biblical patriarch) -- Death and burial.
    Westerholm, Stephen, 1949-
  • Where Is Boasting?: Early Jewish Soteriology and Paul's Response in Romans 1-5 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Gathercole, Simon J. Where is boasting?: early Jewish soteriology and Paul's response in Romans 1-5.
    • Salvation -- Judaism.
    Neusner, Jacob, 1932-
  • Portrait of a Villain: Laban the Aramean in Rabbinic Literature (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Zetterholm, Karin. Portrait of a villain: Laban the Aramean in Rabbinic literature.
    • Laban (Biblical figure) in rabbinical literature.
    Adler, William, 1951-
  • Calendar and Community: A History of the Jewish Calendar, 2nd Century B.C.E.-10th Century C.E. (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Stern, Sacha. Calendar and community: a history of the Jewish calendar, 2nd century B.C.E.-10th century C.E.
    • Calendar, Jewish -- History.
    Hollywood, Amy M., 1963-
  • Mirror of His Beauty: Feminine Images of God from the Bible to the Early Kabbalah (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Schäfer, Peter, 1943- Mirror of His beauty: feminine images of God from the Bible to the early Kabbalah.
    • Femininity of God -- History of doctrines.
    Jordan, William C., 1948-
  • Order and Exclusion: Cluny and Christendom Face Heresy, Judaism, and Islam (1000-1150) (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Iogna-Prat, Dominique. Order and exclusion: Cluny and Christendom face heresy, Judaism, and Islam (1000-1150)
    • Edwards, Graham Robert, tr.
    • Peter, the Venerable, 1092?-1156.
    Kohler, George.
  • Josef Albo (um 1380-1444): Jüdische Philosophie und christliche Kontroverstheologie in der frühen Neuzeit (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Rauschenbach, Sina. Josef Albo (um 1380-1444): jüdische Philosophie und christliche Kontroverstheologie in der frühen Neuzeit.
    • Albo, Joseph, 15th cent. Sefer ikarim.
    Dauber, Jeremy Asher.
  • Spirit Possession in Judaism: Cases and Contexts from the Middle Ages to the Present (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Goldish, Matt, ed. Spirit possession in Judaism: cases and contexts from the Middle Ages to the present.
    • Spirit possession -- Judaism.
    Schwarzbach, Bertram Eugene.
  • Bibles imprimées du XVe au XVIIIe siècle conservées à Paris (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Delaveau, Martine, ed. Bibles imprimées du XVe au XVIIIe siècle conservées à Paris.
    • Hillard, Denise, ed.
    • Bible -- Versions -- Bibliography -- Catalogs.
    Bodian, Miriam, 1948-
  • The Canonization of a Myth: Portugal's "Jewish Problem" and the Assembly of Tomar 1629 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Cohen, Martin A. Canonization of a myth: Portugal's "Jewish problem" and the Assembly of Tomar 1629.
    • Arquivo Nacional da Torre do Tombo (Portugal). Manuscript. Códice 1508.
    Cahn, Walter.
  • Reframing Rembrandt: Jews and the Christian Image in Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Zell, Michael, 1962- Reframing Rembrandt: Jews and the Christian image in seventeenth-century Amsterdam.
    • Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, 1606-1669 -- Criticism and interpretation.
    Sepinwall, Alyssa Goldstein, 1970-
  • Religion and Revolution in France, 1780-1804 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Aston, Nigel. Religion and revolution in France, 1780-1804.
    • France -- Church history -- 18th century.
    Hyman, Paula, 1946-
  • The Jews and the Nation: Revolution, Emancipation, State Formation, and the Liberal Paradigm in America and France (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Jaher, Frederic Cople. Jews and the nation: revolution, emancipation, state formation, and the liberal paradigm in America and France.
    • Jews -- France -- History -- 18th century.
    Karp, Jonathan D., 1964-
  • Social Science and the Politics of Modern Jewish Identity (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hart, Mitchell Bryan, 1959- Social science and the politics of modern Jewish identity.
    • Jews -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
    Gordon, Peter Eli.
  • Resisting History: Historicism and its Discontents in German-Jewish Thought (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Myers, David N. Resisting history: historicism and its discontents in German-Jewish thought.
    • Cohen, Hermann, 1842-1918.
    Gelber, Mark H., 1951-
  • German Literature, Jewish Critics (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Dowden, Stephen D., ed. German literature, Jewish critics.
    • Werner, Meike, ed.
    • German literature -- History and criticism -- Congresses.
    Fialkova, L. L.
  • Evreiskaia narodnaia literatura (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Ben-Amos, Dan. Evreiskaia narodnaia literatura.
    • Nosik, E., tr.
    • Jewish folk literature -- History and criticism.

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