Eric Silverman is a scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, and former research professor of anthropology at Wheelock College. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology and writes about the American Jewish experience and a modernizing community in Papua New Guinea. His latest books are “A Cultural History of Jewish Dress” and “Mortuary Dialogues: Death Ritual and the Reproduction of Moral Community in Pacific Modernities” (with D. Lipset).
9/13/2018 Top Pick
The High Holidays are like a college classroom. You need to read the syllabus often and carefully, and do the work. Otherwise, why bother attending?
The Chicago Dyke March banned Stars of David. This is blamed on "intersectionality." Wrong. The concept is not the problem. Just the opposite.
What does it say when non-Jewish Europeans can see Jewishness anywhere, even in the most unlikely of places, such as interior New Guinea in 1926?
Passover is for kids. But one holiday amusement should give us moral pause: the Plague Bag. Do we really want to toy with the death of children?