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Scholarly Publications

“Modern Angels, Avant Gardes and the Esoteric Archive,” Lux in Tenebris: The Visual and the Symbolic in Western Esotericism, Conference Proceedings of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism 3rd International Conference, Szeged, Hungary, 6-10 July, 2011, ed. Boaz Huss, Peter Forshaw and György Szőnyi (Leiden: Brill, 2016).

“Julian Voss-Andreae, Angel of the West,” Essay, in Conversations: An Online Journal of the Center for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion (2016), http://mavcor.yale.edu/conversations/essays/angel-west.

“Jews and Slavery in the Dutch Colonial Orbit,” Joden in de Cariben: Vier eeuwen joodse geschiedenis in Suriname en Curaçao, ed. Julie-Marthe Cohen (Amsterdam: Walburg Press/Jewish Historical Museum, 2015), 114-127; volume accompanying exhibition, solicited contribution.

”Jews and Blacks,” Oxford Bibliographies in Atlantic History, ed. Trevor Burnard (published 10.30.14; http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199730414/obo-9780199730414-0254.xml?rskey=mQhRMH&result=83).

“John White Alexander’s The Apotheosis of Pittsburgh,” an entry in Frequencies, an online compendium and collaborative genealogy of spiritual objects, curated by Kathryn Lofton and John Lardas Modern, a project of The Immanent Frame (a blog of the Social Science Research Council) and Killing the Buddha (posted September 2011; http://frequencies.ssrc.org/2011/09/23/the-apotheosis-of-pittsburgh).

Swimming the Christian Atlantic: Judeoconversos, Afroiberians and Amerindians in the Seventeenth Century; The Atlantic World: Europe, Africa and the Americas, 1500–1830, vol. 17; 2 vols. (Leiden: Brill, 2009).

“Transformations in the Manumission of Slaves by Jews from East to West: Pressures from the Atlantic Slave Trade,” in Paths to Freedom: Manumission in the Atlantic World, ed. Rosemary Brana-Shute and Randy J. Sparks (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2009).  An essay from a 2000 conference (see below); long-delayed conf. proceedings.

“Mosseh Pereyra de Paiva: An Amsterdam Portuguese Jewish Merchant Abroad in the Seventeenth Century,” The Dutch Intersection: The Jews and the Netherlands in Modern History, ed. Yosef Kaplan (Leiden: Brill, 2008), 63-85.

“Disappearing Origins: Sephardic Autobiography Today,” Prooftexts 27,1 (2007): 82-150.

“Early Modern Sephardim and Blacks: Contact and Conflict between Two Minorities,” in Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry: From the Golden Age of Spain to Modern Times, ed. Zion Zohar (New York: New York University Press, 2005), 239-58.

“Cristãos-novos, judaísmo, negros e cristianismo nos primórdios do mundo atlântico moderno: uma visão segundo fontes inquisitoriais,” in Diálogos da conversão: missionários, índios, negros e judeus no contexto ibero-americano do período barroco, ed. Lúcia Helena Costigan (Campinas, SP [Brazil]: Unicamp, 2005), 155-84.

“Blacks, Jews and the Racial Imagination in the Writings of Sephardim in the Long Seventeenth Century,” Jewish History (Haifa University) 19,1 (Winter 2005): 109-35.

Jews and Blacks in the Early Modern World (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004).  Winner, Salo Wittmayer Baron Book Prize, American Academy for Jewish Research.  Released in paperback in 2009. 

“Jewish Ghosts in Germany,” Jewish Social Studies 9,3 (Spring/Summer 2003): 139-69.

“Portmanteau Jews: Sephardim and Race in the Early Modern Atlantic World,” Jewish Culture and History 4, no. 2 (Southampton University; Winter 2001): 59-74.  Special issue on Port Jews: Jewish Communities in Cosmopolitan Maritime Trading Centres, 1550-1950.

“American Jewish Historians, Colonial Jews and Blacks, and the Limits of Wissenschaft: A Critical Review,” Jewish Social Studies 6, no. 2  (Winter 2000): 102-132.

Book Reviews

Mark, Peter, and José da Silva Horta, The Forgotten Diaspora: Jewish Communities in West Africa and the Making of the Atlantic World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).  In AJSReview 37,2 (November 2013): 411-14. 

Costigan, Lúcia Helena, Through Cracks in the Wall: Modern Inquisitions and New Christian Letrados in the Iberian Atlantic World (Brill, 2010).  In Hispanic American Historical Review 92,1 (February 2012): 181-83. 

Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, The Ten Lost Tribes: A World History (New York: Oxford University Press. 2009).  In American Historical Review 116,3 (June 2011): 764-65. 

Jonathan Boyarin, The Unconverted Self: Jews, Indians, and the Identity of Christian Europe (Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 2009).  In Jewish History (Haifa University) 24,3 (2010): 389-91. 

“Sephardic Business: Early Modern Atlantic Style,” a collective review of 7 new books in Sephardic studies.  In Jewish Quarterly Review 100,3 (Summer 2010): 483-503. 

Atlantic Diasporas: Jews, Conversos, and Crypto-Jews in the Age of Mercantilism, 1500-1800, ed. Richard L. Kagan and Philip D. Morgan (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).  In New West Indian Guide/Nieuwe West-Indische Gids 84-3&4 (2010): ___ (forthcoming; accepted for publication). 

Stuart B. Schwartz, All Can Be Saved: Religious Tolerance and Salvation in the Iberian Atlantic World (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008).  In Hispanic American Historical Review (HAHR) 89,4 (November 2009): 687-89. 

David M. Goldenberg, The Curse of Ham: Race and Slavery in Early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003). In AJSReview 31,1 (April 2007): 168-72. 

Abraham Melamed, The Image of the Black in Jewish Culture: A History of the Other, trans. Betty Sigler Rozen (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003). In Jewish History (Haifa University) 20.2 (2007). 

Jonathan Israel, Diasporas Within a Diaspora: Jews, Crypto-Jews and the World Maritime Empires (1540-1740) (Leiden: Brill, 2002). For H-Atlantic, the H-Net Network on Atlantic History (May 2006). 

Esther Benbassa and Aron Rodrigue, Sephardi Jewry: A History of the Judeo-Spanish Community, 14th-20th Centuries (Berkeley; University of California Press, 2000; orig. 1993). In Middle East Studies Association Bulletin 36,2 (Winter 2002). 

The Jews and the Expansion of Europe to the West, 1450-1800, ed. Paolo Bernardini and Norman Fiering. European Expansion & Global Interaction, Vol. 2 (New York: Berghahn Books, 2001). American Jewish History 89, no. 3 (September 2001): 305-307. 

Eli Faber, Jews, Slaves, and the Slave Trade: Setting the Record Straight (New York/London: New York University Press, 1998). In New West Indian Guide/Nieuwe West-Indische Gids 74, nos. 3 & 4 (2000): 323-326. 

Other Relevant Publications

“Pact With the Devil?” Q&A about Jews, slavery and slave trading by Elliot Jager, The Jager File; www.elliotjager.blogspot.co.il; 7 August 2015.  

“Pigging Out: What ‘Radically Unkosher’ Jewish Foodies Like Michael Pollan are Missing,” Religion Dispatches, 21 January 2014; www.religiondispatches.org/archive/atheologies/7372/pigging_out__what__radically_unkosher__jewish_foodies_like_michael_pollan_are_missing.  Selected as an Editor’s Pick by www.mosaic.magazine.com, 1/23/14.

"Food Crops Should Feed People, Not Motors,” Times of Israel, 17 February 2013; blogs.timesofisrael.com/food-crops-are-for-people-not-motors.

“Religion and Secularism: Together Forever,” AJS Perspectives Fall 2011: 12-15.

“Involuntary Transit through Evolving Consciousness,” Sh’ma, June 2010: 17-18.  Final column in Avram’s Father’s Idols: A Yearlong Conversation.

“Disappearing Origins: Some Recent Postmodern (?) Sephardic Autobiographies, a Collective Review [Hebrew],” Eretz Aeret 33 (April-May 2006): 78-81.

Response to Bertrell Ollman, “My Letter of Resignation from the Jewish People,” Tikkun magazine (Jan./Feb. 2005).

“Giving Thanks to Elijah the Prophet in Indian Manhattan,” Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture (Jan. 2005).  Reportage on a Bnei Israel ceremony giving thanks to Eliyahoo HaNavi.

“Losing What Would Be? A Response to Mitchell Hart.” Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility (Dec. 2002), special issue on Jewish studies.

“Finding the Right Shul: An American Dilemma” [Hebrew], Eretz Aeret 13 (Nov.-Dec. 2003): 14-17.

“A Passover in Mallorca,” European Judaism 35, no. 1 (Spring 2002): 127-43.  Reportage based on a personal trip, history of the local conversos or chuetas.

“Israel, A Land of Asphalt and Cement? A Conversation with Israeli Environmentalist Yoav Sagi,” Tikkun magazine (Jan./Feb. 2002).

Book Review. Torah of the Earth: Exploring 4,000 Years of Ecology in Jewish Thought. Edited by Arthur Waskow. 2 vols. Woodstock, Vt.: Jewish Lights Publishing, 2000. In Tikkun magazine (July/August 2001).

Book Review. André Aciman. False Papers: Essays on Exile and Memory. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000. In Tikkun magazine (May/June 2001).

“Israeli Cable Radio Faces Only West.” In News and Views, an electronic journal of Ivri-Nasawi (New Association of Sephardi/Mizrahi Artists and Writers International), Oct. 16, 2000.

“Making Judaism Cool,” Tikkun magazine (March/April 2000). Review essay of new “radical” Jewish music and culture; reprinted in The Columbia Documentary History of Religion in America Since 1945, ed. Paul Harvey and Philip Goff (New York: Columbia University Press, 2005), 361-68; and in The Best Contemporary Jewish Writing, ed. Michael Lerner (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2001), 331-38.