Category Archives: Jewish

Yale plans to publish new 10-volume anthology on Jewish culture and arts

As I detailed in the New York Times’ Artsblog, Yale University Press is planning a new anthology of Jewish writers, artists and intellectuals figures, including E.L. Doctorow, Saul Bellow, Alan Dershowitz, Tom Friedman, Cynthia Ozick, Louise Nevelson, Frank Gehry and so on and so on. It starts with the Second Millennium B.C.E. and goes from there.

“Yale University Press and the Posen Foundation are embarking on a 10-volume anthology that covers more than 3,000 years of Jewish cultural artifacts, texts and paintings. “This monumental project includes the best of Jewish culture in its historical and global entirety,” the editor in chief, James E. Young, a professor of English and Judaic Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, said in a news release. “It will provide future generations with a working legacy by which to recover and comprehend Jewish culture and civilization.””


Jewish School’s Team, Refusing to Play During Sabbath

In Houston, Texas, a high school basketball team from an Orthodox school appealed to have game switched from Friday evening but no luck. What would Rick Santorum say? Read the New York Times story here:

“The school filed an appeal to change the time of the game with the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, or Tapps, the group that organizes the tournament. On Monday morning, representatives of the school were notified that the association’s nine-member executive board had rejected the appeal.
“When Beren’s joined years ago, we advised them that the Sabbath would present them with a problem with the finals,” Edd Burleson, the director of the association, said. “In the past, Tapps has held firmly to their rules because if schedules are changed for these schools, it’s hard for other schools.”