Category Archive for: ‘Major Papers’

Noah and the Flood Myths

Jason Cheskis April 2, 2005 Since I started Sunday school at age 4, I loved mythology. I started to read mythology from Jewish and Greek cultures, and many others as I got older. It’s unusual that a kid at my age back then would be so interested in mythology. I think I liked it because of the idea of Gods …

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You Want I Should Make Research? Yiddish Syntax in the English Language

Anschel Schaffer-Cohen June 3, 2006 About 120 years ago, millions of Jews, fleeing the pogroms and political upheavals of Eastern Europe, arrived in the New World. They came from different backgrounds, had different customs, and ate different foods. However, they had one thing in common: their language. Before 1948, Yiddish was the Lingua Franca of Jews from Vilna to Bialystok …

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Why Jews Were A Major Ally of African Americans in the Civil Rights Movement

Benjamin Weitz September 9, 2006 During the 1950s and 1960s there was a major Civil Rights movement in the United States to achieve equality for African Americans, especially in the south. During that time, Jews became highly involved in the struggle. According to the encyclopedic website “My Jewish Learning,” and the Public Broadcasting Station, Jews only made up 1 or …

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Religious Rules and Ethical Treatment of Animals

Ben Farber May 12, 2007 My major project is a look at Kashrut, or kosher rules, why they got started, and why they are still kept today. It is also a paper about the ethical treatment of animals in the food preparation process. The kosher rules are rules for food preparation, handling, and eating, for Jews. Many Jews, mainly Orthodox, …

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Stereotypes in Jewish Humor

Sam Lewis June 9, 2007 A bar mitzvah is defined as the day when a Jewish boy comes to the realization that he is more likely to own a professional sports team than he is to play for one. Jewish humor is an important part of the culture of the Jewish people. Jews – from secular to very orthodox – …

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New York Jewish Delis: A Photographic Essay

Jonah Garnick December 1, 2007 For my Bar Mitzvah I had to create a major project that connected me to my Jewish roots, values, and role models. I have chosen to photographically document the Jewish delis of New York because I enjoy the creative process. I also love the eating process. And eating is something I like to share with …

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Jewish Cowboys and Eskimos: The Search For a Jewish Homeland

Alex Rawitz February 23, 2008 In the latter half of the 19th century, Jews were scattered across the globe with no fixed homeland. From North America to North Africa, Eastern Europe to Central Asia, there lived a people who had been cast out of their native soil in the ‘cradle of society’ in ancient Palestine, which is nestled between Africa, …

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Berlin, Boycotts and the Politics of Sports

Gabe Zimmerman December 20, 2008 For my major paper, my parents and I we were trying to think of something that would interest me, and something that would be relevant to Jews or Jewish history. As we were packing to move, my dad had to go through the 30 years of weekly SPORTS ILLUSTRATED issues he had collected. My mother …

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From the Ten Commandments to the Four Noble Truths: American Jews and Buddhism

Jonah Lieberman Flint May 16, 2009 Only two percent of Americans are Jewish, but thirty percent of American Buddhists are Jewish. So many Buddhists are Jews that we have our own name: JuBus. Over the course of my life, I have been to eight Buddhist meditation retreats with my family. My dad became a Buddhist about twenty years ago and …

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Some Thoughts on the Images and Stereotypes of Jews in Film

Daniel Segan June 6, 2009 “I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? …

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