How Jacob Neusner Brought Jewish Studies Into The Mainstream

Remembering an academic giant.

10/20/2016 - 09:14

Worcester, Mass. — Jacob Neusner, the famed scholar and almost mythically prolific author who died Oct. 8 at age 84,  almost singlehandedly created the modern study of Judaism, and in doing so he revolutionized our understanding of the history of Judaism and our perception of what Judaism can mean to Jews today.

Jacob Neusner

In Search Of Roth’s Newark

As ‘American Pastoral’ opens on the heels of ‘Indignation,’ we return to a changed but still recognizable Weequahic.

10/20/2016 - 09:11
Special To The Jewish Week

Goodbye, Columbus, and hello, Newark!

The release of two new movies based on Newark-set novels by city bard Philip Roth — “Indignation,” which came out this summer, and “American Pastoral,” which opens this week — sent me in search of the author’s hometown roots. Much has changed since Roth’s birth there in 1933 and his years growing up in the then mostly Jewish section of Weequahic, I discovered. But there was also much that he would still recognize—and his readers would, too.

Philip Roth greets Roberta Harrington during 2005 visit to his childhood home on Summit Ave. Photo Courtesy of Bill Mikesell

Knockin’ On (Nobel) Heaven’s Door

Jewish writers, critics weigh in on Dylan’s literature prize and his Yiddishkeit.

10/20/2016 - 09:09
Associate Editor

‘Whatever the counterculture was,” writes Bob Dylan in his memoirs, “I’d seen enough of it. I was sick of the way… that I had been anointed as the Big Bubba of Rebellion.” And so “I went to Jerusalem, got myself photographed at the Western Wall wearing a skullcap [and] all the great rags changed me overnight into a Zionist. This helped a little.”

Bob Dylan said he wanted to write “as if from the Other World.” Getty Images

Expressions Of Hate Seen Persisting Even After Election

White nationalist Trump supporter suggests backlash against Jews, as new report details anti-Semitism targeting Jewish journalists.

10/20/2016 - 09:03
Staff Writer

Donald Trump’s uphill battle for the presidency seemed to derail after the release of the “Access Hollywood” tape on which Trump is heard boasting of sexually abusing women. Now, Trump’s white nationalist supporters are blaming a Jew for leaking it.

Politico reporter Hadas Gold is the latest Jewish reporter targeted on Twitter. Screenshot from Twitter via Buzzfeed

Trump’s ‘International Banks’ Comment Seen As Having Anti-Semitic Echoes

ADL responds to his remarks about Clinton ‘meeting in secret’ as part of cabal to defeat him.

10/14/2016 - 10:22
Staff Writer

Defending himself against the latest accusations of making improper sexual advances, Donald Trump this week struck out at Hillary Clinton in a way that had possibly anti-Semitic overtones, observers suggested.

At a rally Thursday in West Palm Beach, the Republican Party’s candidate for president said supporters of Hillary Clinton, his Democratic challenger, are part of an international cabal to defeat him.

Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the University of Central Florida earlier this year. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Jack Greenberg, Civil Rights Attorney Who Defended Martin Luther King Jr., Dies At 91

10/13/2016 - 16:31

NEW YORK (JTA) — Jack Greenberg, a prominent lawyer in the U.S. civil rights movement who once defended the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., has died.

Jack Greenberg receiving a standing ovation from the audience at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s luncheon in Washington, D.C. JTA

Swastika Attack Targets Indian-American Candidate For Congress With Jewish-Sounding Surname

10/13/2016 - 16:29

(JTA) — Swastikas were painted outside the New Jersey home of an Indian-American candidate for Congress with a Jewish-sounding surname.

Peter Jacob is running against a Republican incumbent, Leonard Lance, who is a supporter of presidential candidate Donald Trump. Jacob blames  Lance’s backing of Trump for the display of hate.

UN Agency In Preliminary Vote Approves Resolution That Denies Jewish Connection To Jerusalem

10/13/2016 - 12:33

(JTA) — A United Nations agency in a preliminary vote has passed a controversial resolution that denies a Jewish connection to the Old City of Jerusalem.

Visitors at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem on a rainy day, Oct. 25, 2015. JTA

Repulsed By Trump Tape But Sticking With Him

Most GOP Jews said that although Trump is bad, they think Clinton is worse.

10/13/2016 - 09:32
Staff Writer

Although many Jewish supporters of Donald Trump were repulsed by his 2005 taped comments in which he bragged that his celebrity status allowed him to grope women, only two of more than a dozen Trump supporters interviewed by The Jewish Week said they could no longer vote for him.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at Sunday’s town hall-style debate in St. Louis. Getty Images

Jewish Actress Arianne Zucker, Subject Of Trump’s 2005 Remarks, Responds In Tweet

10/11/2016 - 12:05

(JTA) — Jewish actress Arianne Zucker, the subject of Donald Trump’s demeaning comments about women from a decade-old leaked tape, has commented on the footage.

Actress Arianne Zucker at the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, May 1, 2016. (Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)
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