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Jewish Peoplehood

Wrestling With Ourselves

Daniel Raphael Silverstein | Posted 01.11.2017 | Religion
Daniel Raphael Silverstein

In 1920, Orot ("Lights"), a collection of works by the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, was published, which included an essay c...

The Jews of Early Modern Persia

Irina Nevzlin Kogan | Posted 05.10.2014 | Religion
Irina Nevzlin Kogan

Within scant decades, they'd regained Persia and soon thereafter, very nearly the balance of the territories once claimed by the Sassanid. The Safavid Empire was born.

The Jews of Medieval Persia

Irina Nevzlin Kogan | Posted 05.07.2014 | Religion
Irina Nevzlin Kogan

The Sassanid's treasuries, their subjects and client kingdoms, utterly exhausted by decades of war, they could not hold against Islam's fierce harbingers. In no more than the blink of history's eye, then, the titanic Persian empire was overrun.

The Jews of Classical Persia

Irina Nevzlin Kogan | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
Irina Nevzlin Kogan

"When Persian steeds once more quarter in Israel's stables, know ye that the Messiah's hour draws near." A common refrain, almost-prayer, amongst our people, in the first centuries CE. Deep, then, the friendship between Jews and Persians in classical antiquity.

Persian Jewry's Glories and Tribulations

Irina Nevzlin Kogan | Posted 03.15.2014 | Religion
Irina Nevzlin Kogan

Please join us as we explore Persian Jewry's remarkable history in the run-up to Purim -- the holiday devoted to celebrating the community's greatest heroes!

The Darker Lessons of Hanukkah

Irina Nevzlin Kogan | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Irina Nevzlin Kogan

Over the decades, then, our merchants continued to cultivate their wealth; to weave a glorious urban fabric studded with shining gems of art, learning; and to ride hard herd on our ever gaunter, more furious, more traditionalist rural communities.

Jewish Peoplehood in a Multicultural World

Irina Nevzlin Kogan | Posted 03.07.2014 | Religion
Irina Nevzlin Kogan

While vanishingly few of us, then, have ever truly set aside the solidarity that has sustained us as a people for three millennia, all too many of us are prejudiced and yes, even flat-out, no-getting-around-it racist towards other Jews.

The Self-Delusions Of Secular Jews

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

These are good, serious and thoughtful people, usually deeply committed to Judaism, who struggle with big religious questions in a way that makes no sense. They may think that they can wring the holiness out of their Jewish identity and practice, but they cannot.

PHOTOS: Building Global Community: Teens Explore Jewish And International Peoplehood

Sam Maller | Posted 10.24.2012 | Religion
Sam Maller

The Diller Teen Fellows program empowers participants to be engaged, effective leaders with a strong understanding of their Jewish identity and respect for Jewish pluralism and peoplehood.

Jewish Peoplehood Is History

David Suissa | Posted 09.21.2011 | Religion
David Suissa

"Peoplehood" is the latest reminder of a familiar problem for the organized Jewish community: American Jews in general don't feel compelled to connect to their Jewish tradition.

When The Walls Come Tumbling Down

Avraham Burg | Posted 06.01.2011 | Religion
Avraham Burg

The time has come to take the next step and ask whether we can in fact exist at all without an external enemy, without anti-Semitism.