Maps 2: Mapping Jewish Texts

As the snow piles up rapidly here in the Northeastern US, it’s a good day to think about a different kind of map than we discussed last week. There, we focused on maps extending across geographical spaces, such as from Jerusalem to Susa, and what students might...

Maps 1: Mapping Jewish History

Recently I came across a fascinating map that shows exactly how many slaves in the US were held where, county by county, from 1790 to 1860. The map also includes information on the number of free African Americans in each locale, as well as figures on the total...

Trefa Banquet Revisited

There is no event in American Jewish history more notorious, more iconic, than the Trefa Banquet (recently recreated in a TB 2.0). The story is usually told roughly as follows: For the first graduating class of rabbis at the Hebrew Union College, the first rabbinical...
Jewish Studies vs. the Cult of the New

Jewish Studies vs. the Cult of the New

In a larger sense, incessant novelty battled tradition and custom. “Newness and change themselves had become traditional in America,” writes William Leach, commenting on the “cult of the new,” which “readily subverted whatever custom,...
The Gasp

The Gasp

Several years ago, we published an article in HaYidion entitled “Hating God in Front of the Whole School.” In it, Rabbi Jeremy Winaker, head of school at Albert Einstein Academy in Wilmington, DE, discussed a fraught incident that took place: In the middle...
Memory and Memorization

Memory and Memorization

A recent report on NPR compared the results of two methods to try to increase memory. Both methods, ironically, were based on games using computer technology, which is surely responsible for a decrease in memory. While the researchers found that one was significantly...