Summer 2012 Table of Contents
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Iran, Israel, and Obama
Global disarmament—not the legitimization of preemptive strikes—is the best to way avert nuclear war. Meanwhile, the specter of mutually assured destruction means any nukes ever created by Iran would be unusable and thus not a crisis for Israel or the United States.
Levinas, Hitlerism, and New Atheist Revisionism
by JEFFREY D. BOLDT
A Levinas-inspired retort to scholars who blame religion for all the wars and evil facing humanity.
Rethinking the Doctrines of the Trinity and the Holy Spirit
by BRIAN McLAREN
Trinitarian theology has been twisted for centuries to centralize the power of heresy-hunters, but—properly understood—it can still be a healing teaching.
Privacy and Personhood in a World Without Mystery
by RAFAEL CHODOS
What is lost when we start to see ourselves as the sum of our demographic information, Facebook updates, and transactional histories?
The Difference Between Holy and Nice
by ANA LEVY-LYONS
Politeness—what could possibly be more antithetical to the heart of religion?
Politics & Society
All We Have in Common: Youth Dialogue Offers a New Vision for Israel/Palestine
by PENNY HOLLAND
The openhearted listening encouraged by Israeli-Palestinian dialogue programs may be our best hope for overcoming vicious cycles of trauma and violence.
Statism and Anti-Statism: Reflections on Israel’s Legitimacy Crisis
by NATHANIEL BERMAN
Campaigns against the “delegitimization of Israel” obscure a long history of intra-Jewish—and even intra-Zionist—contestations over the question of the state.
Drug Prohibition Is the Problem: Reflections from a Former Judge
by JAMES P. GRAY
Years on the bench convinced this former judge that drug decriminalization is the answer—even for harder drugs.
Introduction to Our Special Section on Playful Distractions
by MICHAEL LERNER
Burning Man, Desire, and the Culture of Empire
by FENTON JOHNSON
A soulful journey through the eight-day festival that claims to be both a social movement and “part of a solution to our modern malaise.”
Online Ministry in a Massively Multi-Player World of Warcraft
Posed as an elf, a Christian minister becomes an online role-player not to win but to offer compassion.
Retelling Hasidism for the Twenty-First Century
A Hidden Light: Stories and Teachings of Early Habad and Bratzlav Hasidism by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Netanel Miles-Yepez
Review by SHAUL MAGID
A Memoir of Gender Transition
Through the Door of Life by Joy Ladin
Review by JHOS SINGER
Literary Bridges to the Middle Eastern “Other”
Tablet & Pen edited by Reza Aslan
Out of It by Selma Dabbagh
Review by ASHLEY BATES
When American Jews Were Divided and Weak
Jews Without Power: American Jewry During The Holocaust by Ariel Hurwitz
Millions of Jews to Rescue: A Bergson Group Leader’s Account of the Campaign to Save Jews from the Holocaust by Samuel Merlin
Review by RALPH SELIGER
Much More Than a Historical Novel
Far Away from Where? by Yehiel Grenimann
Review by JEFFREY M. GREEN
A Jewish Composer for Our Time
Living Breathing Earth
Streams in the Desert
Albums by Meira Warshauer
Review by ANNA RUBIN
Bamian: A Photograph from Tricycle, 2000
by ALAN WILLIAMSON
The Republic of Nature by Mark Fiege
Active Hope by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone
Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World by Dalai Lama
Happiness by Joan Chittister
Very Near to You: Human Readings of the Torah by Avraham Burg
Covenant & Conversation: A Weekly Reading of the Jewish Bible by Jonathan Sacks
Wisdom by the Week: The Weekly Portion as Inspiration for Thought and Creativity edited by Naftali Rothenberg
Second Person Singular by Sayed Kashua (translated by Mitch Ginsburg)
Rise by Yosef Gotlieb
Editor: Michael Lerner
Editor at Large: Peter Gabel
Managing Editor: Alana Yu-lan Price
Assistant Editor: Ashley Bates
Art Direction and Design: Duke University Press Journals
Poetry Editor: Joshua Weiner
Assistant Poetry Editor: Lindsay Bernal
Film Critic: David Sterritt
Literary Editor: Julian Levinson
Web Design: Craig Wiesner and Derrick Kikuchi
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