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Lecture by Avishalom Westreich

On November 1, Prof. Avishalom Westreich gave a public class about the role of Jewish law within Israeli law.  He asked the question, “Is it possible to have religious law in a modern state?” and proceeded to answer the question by examining how Jewish law adapts to new challenges, how it has influenced Israeli constitutional…
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Published On: November 14, 2017 |
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Lecture by Elan Ezrachi

On October 25th, the Jewish Studies Program and the Middle East Center co-sponsored a lecture by Elan Ezrachi, the author of a recently published book in Hebrew, Awakened Dream – 50 Years of Complex Unification of Jerusalem.  More than 70 people, mostly Northeastern students, attended the talk.  Dr. Ezrachi began by introducing himself as a…
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Published On: November 2, 2017 |
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Prof. Bill Miles in The Forward

Bill Miles, Professor of Political Science and long-time member of the Jewish Studies faculty, has spent many years studying old and emerging African Jewish communities.  In his piece “Operation Nissan: That Time I Smuggled Matzah Into An African Embassy,” recently published in The Forward, he writes about his experience smuggling matzah into an African embassy and observing Passover…
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Published On: April 21, 2017 |
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The Trump Administration and Jewish Values

On Immigration “Welcome the stranger for once you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Over the generations, the principle of welcoming the stranger has been echoed at the Passover Seder, when Jews the world over celebrate freedom and deliverance from tyranny and affirm our commitment both to upholding liberty and to maintaining humility. In…
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Published On: March 23, 2017 |
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The Trump Administration and Immigration: Lessons from Jewish History

It will come as no surprise that the recent Executive Orders on immigration and refugees – denying entry into the United States of citizens of several Muslim-majority countries, suspending the admission of refugees into the country, and reducing the overall number of refugees allowed in – have come under heavy criticism from Jewish historians. Until…
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Published On: March 20, 2017 |
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The Trump Administration and the Holocaust

For those of us who teach and research the Holocaust and antisemitism, the Trump administration’s refusal to mention Jews in a January 27 statement commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day has been both horrifying and confusing. It has been horrifying because the failure to acknowledge that Jews were the overwhelming victims of Germany’s genocidal campaign is…
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The Trump Administration and the Media

Prof. Ross is on sabbatical in China where he is giving lectures on the Jewish diaspora and doing research at the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall. Donald Trump’s charge that the press is the “enemy of the people” resonated here in China. During the Cultural Revolution (1966-76), the phrase was used to condemn intellectuals, foreigners, and…
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The Trump Administration and Israel

Donald Trump’s Presidency is likely to bring about a significant change in U.S.-Israel relations, and possibly also in the United States’ approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Although President Obama was much more supportive of Israel than his critics charged, his personal relationship with Prime Minister Netanyahu was marked by mutual distrust, bitter disagreements, and lingering…
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Does Trump Have a Counterterrorism Strategy?

My main empirical finding over the years has been that terrorism tends to backfire on the perpetrators politically by shifting electorates to the right, empowering hardline candidates, and thereby reducing the odds of government concessions. Trump is illustrative of this historical pattern. In his victory speech, he should have thanked the San Bernardino and Paris…
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Jewish Studies Associate Director Laurel Leff on Holocaust Scholars Under Trump

Associate Director of Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of Journalism Laurel Leff regularly teaches a course on America and the Holocaust (JWSS/HIST 2285).  In a blog post for The Times of Israel, she reflects on the meaning of the Trump administration’s refusal to mention Jews in a statement commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the…
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Published On: February 10, 2017 |
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