Religious Studies and Theology https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST <p>For forty years <em>Religious Studies and Theology</em> has published thoughtful, peer-reviewed original research with significance to the inter-related disciplines of Religious Studies and Theology. <a href="https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/about">Learn more.</a></p> en-US <p>© Equinox Publishing Ltd.</p> <p>For information regarding our Open Access policy, <a title="Open access policy." href="Full%20details of our conditions related to copyright can be found by clicking here.">click here</a>.</p> atkinsond@macewan.ca (David Atkinson) aparkin@equinoxpub.com (Ailsa Parkin) Sat, 04 Dec 2021 00:00:44 +0000 OJS 3.3.0.7 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 Echo in The Winter Vault https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/20097 <p>The intertextuality of Anne Michaels’s The Winter Vault may be found not only in recurrent themes and images from her earlier novel, Fugitive Pieces, and her poetry, but also in the inclusion of other writers in her novel. Mikhail Bakhtin’s theories of dialogism, chronotopes, polyphony, heteroglossia, and the carnivalesque; John Hollander’s study of echo and transumption; and Douglas Hofstadter’s notion of “strange loops” – all offer means of understanding Michaels’s allusions and structure in her novel. They also shed light on how her writing remembers historical trauma and eventually finds redemption through language, love, and empathy. The central characters in The Winter Vault witness the devastation of Nubian villages along the Nile and Canadian villages along the St. Lawrence River. By listening closely to echoes and stories of past destruction, these characters find solace in recreating the Canadian landscape. The intertwining of characters, histories, and landscapes returns to the origins of civilization to emerge in forms of healing and post-traumatic redemption.</p> Michael Greenstein (Author) Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/20097 Sat, 04 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Of the Body https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/21471 <p>Anne Michaels, of Jewish heritage, is most recognized for her critically acclaimed Holocaust novel, Fugitive Pieces, the subject of substantial scholarship. Less is written about her latest works of poetry and lyric prose, Correspondences: A Poem and Portraits (2013), All We Saw (2017), and Infinite Gradation (2017). Returning to themes of time, death, the sanctity of life, and love that animate and vitalize her literary corpus, she gathers intellectual, scientific, artistic, and moral influences, drawing – and drawing upon – a lineage, not genetic, but of consciousness. Just as memory honours lineage, the lives and works of others inform one’s being in the world as descendant. As Michaels’s work attests, memory and consciousness are of the body. And, while, in her view, “not religious,” the body is not only the site of a pragmatic faith – the will to carry on from loss, but the body is a limit and threshold – and threshold opens the gates of the mysteries beyond.</p> Connie T. Braun (Author) Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/21471 Sat, 04 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Retaining Information and Knowledge in Human Memory in Mishnahic and Talmudic Periods https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/20103 <p>The current study explores Mishnahic and Talmudic literature as its basis for a discussion of the meaning of memory, its significance, and ways of maintaining it among individuals. Until the redaction of the Mishna and revoking the religious prohibition against writing down oral traditions, knowledge relied mainly on human memory and it was preserved among select scholars or by elders with good memory. In Mishnahic and Talmudic periods the need to preserve the considerable information that had accumulated in the batei midrash increased, as did the concern that the Torah would be forgotten due to historical circumstances that had a destructive effect on the scholars in batei midrash. The response to these concerns required embracing and developing methods, practices, and food recipes to help increase memory and prevent or slow down memory loss. Among the methods for maintaining memory were: Frequent revision and reviewing of study material; choosing an adequate learning environment and atmosphere; remembering ideas by associative techniques (to colours, daily activities); use of mnemonics (acronyms, signs, associations, fingers and numbers), and eating food or smelling aromatic substances for improving memory.</p> Abraham Ofir Shemesh (Author) Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/20103 Sat, 04 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000 The Unreliable Narrator https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/21472 <p>“Edgia’s Revenge” is ostensibly the story of a symbiotic relationship between Rella and Edgia, two women who were inmates in Auschwitz during World War II. The narrative is written in retrospective, a kind of suicide note that the protagonist prepares before taking the coloured pills on her bedside. It is the telling of the story of an unrepentant female kapo, the term for Jewish guards who supervised the forced labour of other Jews in the heinous concentration and forced labour camps. The reader serves as listening witness as Rella remorselessly absolves herself of her own behaviour, refusing responsibility even for the act of taking her own life. “Edgia’s Revenge” is an unsettling short story; its disquieting tone is created in no small part by the use of unreliability in the narrative voice and Rella’s unrepentant account of her life. Her self-centredness and twisted perception is chilling, particularly as it is dressed in the beautiful clothes of kindness and culture; this outward beauty covers, hides, a Jew who participated in carrying out the activities of the death camps. “Edgia’s Revenge” presents the undressing, the revealing, of a woman who, because she survived, was forced, ultimately unbearably, to live with herself and her own behaviour.</p> Catherine Caufield (Author) Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/21472 Sat, 04 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000 An Irresistible Temptation https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/21474 <p>The Mystics of Mile End is a study in patterns. Throughout Montreal author Sigal Samuel’s award-winning 2015 novel, we find characters obsessed with investigating, capturing, and solving the patterns of the universe, whether mathematical, biological, sexual, astronomical, or metaphysical. We find children, teenagers, young adults, middle-aged widowers, teachers, and elderly Holocaust survivors, all trying to find patterns of various types. In this study, I aim to illuminate the ways in which Sigal Samuel expertly utilizes, adapts, and flips on its head the archetypal character of the “Knower” in Jewish writing. By undertaking a brief exploration through time of a variety of characters who inhabit the space between this world and the Other in Jewish sources from the past, we might better understand just what makes Samuel’s work so special, and so Jewish.</p> Jesse Toufexis (Author) Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/21474 Sat, 04 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000 From Budapest to Montreal https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/21475 <p>In Shoshanna’s Story. A Mother, a Daughter and the Shadows of History, autobiographical story, Elaine Kalman Naves tells, from her point of view as a child, the story of her mother Shoshanna, survivor of the camps, her own childhood in Budapest in the aftermath, war and the arrival of the family in Montreal in 1959. The intergenerational link is ensured by the reflections between cities, eras and languages, the narrative strata interweaving past and present, Europe and the New World, and the dead and the living. The birth of the girl born after the war arouses joy mixed with sadness. The baby is dressed in the clothes that belonged to the murdered children. Like the layers of strudel dough made by Shoshanna and the swaddles enveloping the little girl’s buttocks, the generations overlap, dynamically metaphorizing the temporal and spatial layers and restoring their reality to the victims of History.</p> Simone Grossman (Author) Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/21475 Sat, 04 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Nautilus and Bone, by Lisa Richter. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/21488 <p>Nautilus and Bone, by Lisa Richter. Frontenac House, 2020. 112pp., Pb., $19.95 ISBN-13: 9781989466124</p> Michael Greenstein (Author) Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/21488 Sat, 04 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000 No Better Home?: Jews, Canada, and the Sense of Belonging, edited by David S. Koffman. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/20675 <p>No Better Home?: Jews, Canada, and the Sense of Belonging, edited by David S. Koffman. University of Toronto Press, 2021. 314 + vii pp., 5 b/w illustrations. Pb., $32.95 ISBN: 9781487523572</p> Justin Jaron Lewis (Author) Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/20675 Sat, 04 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Reading Revelation after Supersessionism: An Apocalyptic Journey of Socially Identifying John’s Multi-Ethnic Ekklesia with the Ekklesia of Israel, by Ralph Korner. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/20475 <p>Reading Revelation after Supersessionism: An Apocalyptic Journey of Socially Identifying John’s Multi-Ethnic Ekklesia with the Ekklesia of Israel, by Ralph Korner. Cascade, 2020. 312 pp., Kindle., $9.99. ISBN: 978-1-7252-7465-5</p> Lorenzo DiTommaso (Author) Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/20475 Sat, 04 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Editor’s Foreword https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/21470 Catherine Caufield (Author) Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/21470 Sat, 04 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000 A Writer’s Journey https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/21477 <p>.</p> Anne Dublin (Author) Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/21477 Sat, 04 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Reflections on Being a “Jewish Canadian Woman Writer” https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/21478 <p>.</p> Susan Glickman (Author) Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/21478 Sat, 04 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Writing With a Yiddisher Kop https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/21479 <p>.</p> Robin McGrath (Author) Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/21479 Sat, 04 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Reflections on Home and Identity https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/21487 <p>.</p> Isa Milman (Author) Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/21487 Sat, 04 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Akedah https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/21489 <p>.</p> Susan Glickman (Author) Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/RST/article/view/21489 Sat, 04 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000