So who are we, really?
This is exactly the kind of question we ask at the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry. How did we get here? Who were our ancestors and who were their ancestors? Is our culture fundamentally isolationist or universal? Is it true that “in every generation, they rise up against us to destroy us”? Why did the Bar-Kochba revolt fail? Or did it? Where did our ancestors live in the Middle Ages? The Rhineland? Morocco? Iraq? What does it mean to be Mizrahi? Or Ashkenazi? What is Zionism? What did it mean to be a “Reform Jew” in the past, and what does it mean today? How has Moses Mendelssohn influenced all of our lives? How can our history be studied from a feminist perspective? What is Jewish about Sigmund Freud? Did the Holocaust also happen in North Africa? Read more about About