Author: Barbara Sheklin DavisPublish On: 2019-03-22
Klal Yisrael, Pluralism, and the Jewish Community Day School Network Barbara
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Community Day School Network Two Jews, Three Opinions Two Jews, Three ...
Author: Barbara Sheklin Davis
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Two Jews, Three Opinions examines a unique educational movement that began in 1980 when eight school leaders met to create RAVSAK: the Jewish Community Day School Network, an association of schools distinguished by being inclusive of all Jews in their communities. This singularly-purposed segment of the Jewish educational mosaic has not been studied before. As American Jews struggle with changing demographics and identities, it is instructive to see how community day schools and their network anticipated and accommodated many of this century’s most significant Jewish educational challenges. Two Jews, Three Opinions illuminates the community day school network’s embrace of Klal Yisrael, the unity of the Jewish people. It describes what led to RAVSAK’s success and then to its elimination as an entity, the exceptionality and importance of which was vastly undervalued and underserved by the American Jewish establishment. Arguing for the vital importance of pluralistic Jewish education in the twenty-first century, it issues a call to Jewish communal leaders to champion community day schools as guarantors of a knowledgeable and committed Jewish future.
The year is 1992. A very respected Rabbi is found murdered in his synagogue located in a wealthy suburb on Long Island. Deborah Katzman is the first woman to become president of the synagogue. She is a child survivor of the Holocaust and a successful bankruptcy attorney. The synagogue’s lay leaders had hoped that a woman with her background would be able to reduce the growing friction within their walls. The Rabbi had been growing more and more traditional at the same time as his congregants were becoming more liberal. Younger women were clamoring for equal participation in religious services; older congregants were opposed to the Rabbi’s newly heightened religious practices. Emotions were exploding . . . but is all of this enough to cause someone to murder a man of God? The Temple leaders, each an interesting character in their own right, are trying to achieve some modicum of harmony within this once peaceful house of worship. The search for the killer is the plot that is carried forward until the murderer is uncovered in a surprise ending.
Listed as a “Daily Jew Joke” on a Facebook community page, for instance, is “
What do you get when you lock 2 Jews in a room?,” with the answer, “3 opinions.” 2 It can also be rendered as a proverb by stating a condition and a result: “Two ...
Author: Trevor J. Blank
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
Category: Social Science
Smart phones, tablets, Facebook, Twitter, and wireless Internet connections are the latest technologies to have become entrenched in our culture. Although traditionalists have argued that computer-mediated communication and cyberspace are incongruent with the study of folklore, Trevor J. Blank sees the digital world as fully capable of generating, transmitting, performing, and archiving vernacular culture. Folklore in the Digital Age documents the emergent cultural scenes and expressive folkloric communications made possible by digital “new media” technologies. New media is changing the ways in which people learn, share, participate, and engage with others as they adopt technologies to complement and supplement traditional means of vernacular expression. But behavioral and structural overlap in many folkloric forms exists between on- and offline, and emerging patterns in digital rhetoric mimic the dynamics of previously documented folkloric forms, invoking familiar social or behavior customs, linguistic inflections, and symbolic gestures. Folklore in the Digital Age provides insights and perspectives on the myriad ways in which folk culture manifests in the digital age and contributes to our greater understanding of vernacular expression in our ever-changing technological world.
Author: Jacqueline S. ThursbyPublish On: 2015-01-13
Everything else about it is diverse; that is, where there are two Jews, there will be
three opinions” (Siporin 1990). For those readers largely unfamiliar with Jewish
culture and folkways, Siporin's use of the proverb, “Two Jews, Three Opinions,” ...
Author: Jacqueline S. Thursby
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Category: Social Science
When Evelyn Waugh wrote The Loved One (1948) as a satire of the elaborate preparations and memorialization of the dead taking place in his time, he had no way of knowing how technical and extraordinarily creative human funerary practices would become in the ensuing decades. In Funeral Festivals in America, author Jacqueline S. Thursby explores how modern American funerals and their accompanying rituals have evolved into affairs that help the living with the healing process. Thursby suggests that there is irony in the festivities surrounding death. The typical American response to death often develops into a celebration that reestablishes links or strengthens ties between family members and friends. The increasingly important funerary banquet, for example, honors an often well-lived life in order to help survivors accept the change that death brings and to provide healing fellowship. At such celebrations and other forms of the traditional wake, participants often use humor to add another dimension to expressing both the personality of the deceased and their ties to a particular ethnic heritage. In her research and interviews, Thursby discovered the paramount importance of food as part of the funeral ritual. During times of loss, individuals want to be consoled, and this is often accomplished through the preparation and consumption of nourishing, comforting foods. In the Intermountain West, Funeral Potatoes, a potato-cheese casserole, has become an expectation at funeral meals; Muslim families often bring honey flavored fruits and vegetables to the funeral table for their consoling familiarity; and many Mexican Americans continue the tradition of tamale making as a way to bring people together to talk, to share memories, and to simply enjoy being together. Funeral Festivals in America examines rituals for loved ones separated by death, frivolities surrounding death, funeral foods and feasts, post-funeral rites, and personalized memorials and grave markers. Thursby concludes that though Americans come from many different cultural traditions, they deal with death in a largely similar approach. They emphasize unity and embrace rites that soothe the distress of death as a way to heal and move forward.
Two. Jews,. Three. Opinions. Politics in the Shtetl at the Turn of the Twentieth
Century Henry Abramson Organized mass Jewish politics, despite its pervasive
influence in contemporary Israel and the Diaspora, is a relatively new
Author: Steven T. Katz
Publisher: NYU Press
Dating from the sixteenth century, there were hundreds of shtetls—Jewish settlements—in Eastern Europe that were home to a large and compact population that differed from their gentile, mostly peasant neighbors in religion, occupation, language, and culture. The shtetls were different in important respects from previous types of Jewish settlements in the Diaspora in that Jews had rarely formed a majority in the towns in which they lived. This was not true of the shtetl, where Jews sometimes comprised 80% or more of the population. While the shtetl began to decline during the course of the nineteenth century, it was the Holocaust which finally destroyed it. During the last thirty years the shtetl has attracted a growing amount of scholarly attention, though gross generalizations and romanticized nostalgia continue to affect how the topic is treated. This volume takes a new look at this most important facet of East European Jewish life. It helps to correct the notion that the shtetl was an entirely Jewish world and shows the ways in which the Jews of the shtetl interacted both with their co-religionists and with their gentile neighbors. The volume includes chapters on the history of the shtetl, its myths and realities, politics, gender dynamics, how the shtetl has been (mis)represented in literature, and the changes brought about by World War I and the Holocaust, among others. Contributors: Samuel Kassow, Gershon David Hundert, Immanuel Etkes, Nehemia Polen, Henry Abramson, Konrad Zielinski, Jeremy Dauber, Israel Bartel, Naomi Seidman, Mikhail Krutikov, Arnold J. Band, Katarzyna Wieclawska, Yehunda Bauer, and Elie Wiesel. This is the first book published in the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies Series.
AND. PLURALITY. “Two Jews – three opinions” is a fact of life that goes even
further than Elijah's “How long will you hesitate between two opinions?” It
resonated through the ages, with dissident sects, competing ideologies, bitter
conflicts and ...
Author: Raymond Apple
Category: Biography & Autobiography
This book presents memories and musings – in no particular order – touching on many areas of contemporary life. It follows on from the author’s earlier book, “TO BE CONTINUED”.
One standard Jewish joke, in fact, is that wherever there are two Jews, there are
at least three opinions — but someone asked me recently whether you really
need two Jews to have three opinions! Moreover, since the demise of the
Author: Roger Van Harn
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
In this book eminent Jewish and Christian scholars come together to illuminate the Ten Commandments. Roger Van Harn has arranged the volume so that writers from both traditions dialogue over each of the Ten Words. A Christian or a Jew writes a penetrating essay about one of the commandments, followed by a shorter response from a member of the other tradition -- all done, remarkably, without sacrificing either Jewish or Christian identity. Unique for its authentic interfaith dialogue on dogmatic matters, The Ten Commandments for Jews, Christians, and Others offers pertinent guidelines for believing Jews and Christians today, with the goal of stimulating deeper conversation between the two groups. As Van Harn says, "Listening to one another may hold pleasant surprises that open us to new possibilities.
As we wrote in the “Publisher's Note” to I Am Jewish, the saying “two Jews, three opinions” well reflects the Jewish community's broad range of views on any topic.
This book is an attempt to capture this richness of interpretation and to further ...
Author: Jeffrey K. Salkin
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
This inspirational book features the insights of top scholars, professionals, politicians, authors, and community and religious leaders covering the entiredenominational spectrum of Jewish life in America today.
Jewish Women's Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews Sarah Lightman
... I am thinking along the lines of “Two Jews, three opinions on what Jewish
humor is....” Those who have pontificated on the topic—including Freud, the
Author: Sarah Lightman
Category: Literary Criticism
The comics within capture in intimate, often awkward, but always relatable detail the tribulations and triumphs of life. In particular, the lives of 18 Jewish women artists who bare all in their work, which appeared in the internationally acclaimed exhibition “Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women.” The comics are enhanced by original essays and interviews with the artists that provide further insight into the creation of autobiographical comics that resonate beyond self, beyond gender, and beyond ethnicity.
Thirty Scholars Reflect on Their Jewish Identity Jeffrey Rubin-Dorsky, Shelley
Fisher Fishkin. Back to the ... Jews argue . Two Jews , three opinions , as the
saying goes . We argue not only with each other but also with God . Long before
Author: Jeffrey Rubin-Dorsky
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
A Mark Twain scholar. An African American philosopher. A lesbian feminist literary critic. A Cuban-American anthropologist. A German immigrant to the United States. A professor of English at a Jesuit university. All share their reflections on the interconnectedness of identities and ideas in People of the Book, the first collection in which Jewish-American scholars examine how their Jewishness has shaped and influenced their intellectual endeavors, and how their intellectual work has deepened their sense of themselves as Jews. The contributors are highly productive and respected Jewish-American scholars, critics, and teachers from departments of English, history, American studies, Romance literature, Slavic studies, art, women's studies, comparative literature, anthropology, Judaic studies, and philosophy. Nearly an equal mix of men and women, the authors of these analytical and autobiographical essays include white Jews and black Jews; orthodox, conservative, reform, and totally secular Jews; Jews by birth and Jews by conversion; heterosexual Jews and homosexual Jews; past presidents of the Modern Language Association and American Studies Association and young scholars at the start of their careers.
Many are children. Several organizations are working together to help—and
working together is not, I see you studied Latin as well, our normal modus
operandi. Two Jews, three opinions, I'm sure you understand.” He checked his
flow with a ...
Author: Edith Pearlman
Publisher: Sarabande Books
A “delicately eccentric” collection of stories from the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Binocular Vision (Publishers Weekly). “Put [Pearlman’s] stories besides those of John Updike and Alice Munro. That’s where they belong.” —Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto Spanning no fewer than four countries in sixty years, the sixteen buoyant, brilliantly constructed stories in this award-winning volume flesh out the myriad complexities of people who, at first glance, live unremarkable lives. Widowers, old men, estranged spouses, young restaurant workers, career women and Jewish grandmothers are all at the center of Pearlman’s cool, studied observations. Each character is rendered with such unpredictable intricacy that they often astonish themselves just as much as the reader. Many of the stories either begin or wind their way back to one, mythical, two-by-three-mile Massachusetts town—Godolphin, a place that “called itself a town but was really a leafy wedge of Boston.” “Her writing is intelligent, perceptive, funny and quite beautiful . . . Pearlman’s view of the world is large and compassionate, delivered through small, beautifully precise moments.” —Roxana Robinson, The New York Times Book Review
2 There are a number of publications asserting the arrival of the third wave:
Barbara Findlen, (ed.), Listen Up: Voices from the Next Feminist ... 'Two Jews, Three Opinions' in Findlen, Listen Up, pp. 59-66 a result the third wave is missing
Author: Dawn Llewellyn
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
The phenomenon of sacred text has undergone radical deconstruction in recent times, reflecting how religion has broken out of its traditional definitions and practices, and how current literary theories have influenced texts inside the religious domain and beyond. Reading Spiritualities presents both commentary and vivid examples of this evolution, engaging with a variety of reading practices that work with traditional texts and those that extend the notion of 'text' itself. The contributors draw on a range of textual sites such as an interview, Caribbean literature, drama and jazz, women's writings, emerging church blogs, Neo-pagan websites, the reading practices of Buddhist nuns, empirical studies on the reading experiences of Gujarati, Christian and post-Christian women, Chicana short stories, the mosque, cinema, modern art and literature. These examples open up understandings of where and how 'sacred texts' are emerging and being reassessed within contemporary religious and spiritual contexts; and make room for readings where the spiritual resides not only in the textual, but in other unexpected places.Reading Spiritualities includes contributions from Graham Holderness, Ursula King, Michael N. Jagessar, David Jasper, Anthony G. Reddie, Mich le Roberts, and Heather Walton to reflect and encourage the interdisciplinary study of sacred text in the broad arena of the arts and social sciences. It offers a unique and well-focussed 'snapshot' of the textual constructions and representations of the sacred within the contemporary religious climate - accessible to the general reader, as well as more specialist interests of students and researchers working in the crossover fields of religious, theological, cultural and literary studies."
Richard Golden. CHAPTER 10: FOUR ISRAELIS, FIVE OPINIONS ... There is a
saying, “Two Jews, three opinions.” It is almost our national sport to argue every
idea. Before we start, I remind everyone that the decision regarding targets is ...
Author: Richard Golden
Gilad commands an Israeli submarine equipped with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles. Nuclear detonations in Israel and attacks against Israeli embassies leave him with no way to receive orders from civilian or military authorities. A letter written by the prime minister before the mission provides his only instruction. The submarine crew dodges attacks from foreign navies, replenishes food and fuel far from home, and faces a deadly fire. As tensions rise, Gilad must persuade his own officers and crew, as well as the vengeful commander of a second Israeli submarine, of his decisions. A feisty female intelligence officer onboard helps, but provides unexpected challenges. Now, with millions of lives at stake, Gilad has difficult choices ones that may decide the fate of the free world. The review by Slate.com columnist Ron Rosenbaum dated May 08, 2009 is reproduced below following its url. http://www.slate.com/id/2217899/ I want to return to Cormac McCarthy and the mystery he leaves us with at the end of his novel. But before I do I want to point out that not all of the new nuclear novels deserve the nuke porn label. I want to recommend one nuclear war novel that rises above nuke porn and takes an all-too-sober look at the way nuclear war could consume us. Depth of Revenge by Richard Golden came to my attention in an unusual way. It's not an airport bookstore production but comes from a small self-publishing company called iUniverse. After my recent column on "The Letter of Last Resort" about the safe within the safe on British subs that contains the prime minister's handwritten instructions on what the captain should do in terms of retaliation should the sub be cut off from a potentially incinerated United Kingdom by a "decapitating strike."
1 Introduction Orthodoxy is my doxy : heterodoxy is another man's doxy ( Bishop
William Warburton ) Two Jews , three opinions ( Rabbinic joke ) Christians have
always disagreed about fundamentals , a cause of much perplexity – if God's ...
Author: Stephen Thomas
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This 1991 study links Newman's historical researches to the teeming world of early nineteenth-century controversy.
What is said about Jews—two Jews, three opinions—is certainly true of Israelis.
People who don't like this sort of frankness can be turned off by Israel, but others
find it refreshing, and honest. “We did it the Israeli way; we argued our case to ...
Author: Dan Senor
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Business & Economics
Start-Up Nation addresses the trillion dollar question: How is it that Israel -- a country of 7.1 million, only 60 years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources-- produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada and the UK? With the savvy of foreign policy insiders, Senor and Singer examine the lessons of the country's adversity-driven culture, which flattens hierarchy and elevates informality-- all backed up by government policies focused on innovation. In a world where economies as diverse as Ireland, Singapore and Dubai have tried to re-create the "Israel effect", there are entrepreneurial lessons well worth noting. As America reboots its own economy and can-do spirit, there's never been a better time to look at this remarkable and resilient nation for some impressive, surprising clues.
Inspired by the final words of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl, a collection of personal essays, reflections, theological statements, reminiscences, and stories expresses what being Jewish means to such contributors as Alan Dershowitz, ...
Author: Judea Pearl
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
Inspired by the final words of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl, a collection of personal essays, reflections, theological statements, reminiscences, and stories expresses what being Jewish means to such contributors as Alan Dershowitz, Kirk Douglas, Theodore Bikel, Dianne Feinstein, Daniel Schorr, Larry King, Harold Kushner, Norman Lear, Joe Lieberman, and many others.
Appendix The $500 Beginning Jewish Home Library If the secret to Jewish
survival is "learning, learning, learning," then every Jewish home should be
equipped with the tools necessary for this task. Since two Jews produce three opinions on ...
Author: Alan M. Dershowitz
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A well-known lawyer and best-selling author of Chutzpah argues that the dwindling of anti-Semitism in America actually threatens the Jewish community and outlines specific steps Jews can take to ensure their continuance in the next century. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
But where there are two Jews, there are three opinions, and where there are three Jews, well, God help us. Hilik questioned Shimoni about the promised
donation from the wealthy Miami Jew, as Shimoni appeared to be pumping sums
Author: Assaf Gavron
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Mordantly funny and deeply moving, this award-winning novel about life in a West Bank settlement has been hailed as “brilliant” (The New York Times Book Review) and “The Great Israeli Novel [in which] Gavron stakes his claim to be Israel’s Jonathan Franzen” (Tablet). On a rocky hilltop stands Ma’aleh Hermesh C, a fledgling outpost of Jewish settlers in the West Bank. According to government records it doesn’t exist; according to the military it must be defended. On this contested land, Othniel Assis—under the wary gaze of the Palestinians in the neighboring village—lives on his farm with his ever-expanding family. As Othniel cheerfully manipulates government agencies, more settlers arrive, and a hodge-podge of shipping containers and mobile homes takes root. One steadfast resident is Gabi Kupper, a former kibbutz dweller who savors the delicate routines of life on the settlement. When Gabi’s prodigal brother, Roni, arrives penniless on his doorstep with a bizarre plan to sell the “artisanal” olive oil from the Palestinian village to Tel Aviv yuppies, Gabi worries his life won’t stay quiet for long. Then a nosy American journalist stumbles into Ma’aleh Hermesh C, and Gabi’s worst fears are confirmed. The settlement becomes the focus of an international diplomatic scandal, facing its greatest threat yet. This “indispensable novel” (The Wall Street Journal) skewers the complex, often absurd reality of life in Israel. Grappling with one of the most charged geo-political issues of our time, “Gavron’s story gains a foothold in our hearts and minds and stubbornly refuses to leave” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).
Judaisms A well - known Jewish aphorism states “ Wherever there are two Jews
there are three opinions — at least . ” Of course , when it comes to helping Jews
in distress , factions quickly unite . This has been a dominant theme of Jewish ...
Author: Bernard S. Raskas
Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing
Rabbi Bernie Raskas has been living and teaching his faith for over 50 years. He offers witty, yet practical, commentary on life, faith, and spirituality.