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The University of Chicago’s Undergraduate Journal of Jewish Thought     January 2012 / Tevet 5772, Issue No. 1

Letter from the Editor-in-Chief     Ethan Schwartz

The Identity of Commemorative Music: Holocaust Repertoire within the Western Canon     Kirsten Paige

Textual Intercourse: Exploring the Sexual Laws of the Torah     Hannah Spiro

The Reconstructed American Jew: Mordecai Kaplan’s Enduring Influence     Jeremy Rozansky

Toward a Constructive Tisha B’Av: Rethinking the Saddest Day of the Jewish Year     Michael Lipkowitz

Symposium: Jewish Chosenness and the Contemporary World     Doni Bloomfield, Chana Messinger, Ethan Schwartz, Zev Hurwich, Dory Fox, Jonathan Nathan

The Tourist Police     Dory Fox

Something Like Home     Zachary Conn

Yehuda Amichai’s “Gods Come and Go, the Prayers Remain Forever”: An original translation from the Hebrew     Etan Heller



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The University of Chicago’s Undergraduate Journal of Jewish Thought      June 2012 / Sivan 5772, Issue No. 2

Letter from the Layout Editor     Danya Lagos

When Is Now, Now? Martin Buber’s Conception of Time     Michael Snow

Redemptive Violence: Meir Kahane and the Reworking of Identity     Max Budovitch

Symposium: Jewish Communities on the Margins                 Jeremy Rozansky, Eliza Brown, Kayla Higgins, Elli Cohn, Ethan Schwartz

Esther and Action: Beyond a Narrative of Development     Faith Laken

Why Is This Other Different from All Other Others? Love in the Time of Passover             Eric M Gurevitch

Bernard Malamud’s The Fixer: Violent Accusations and Accusations of Violence     Dory Fox

“You’re an Anti-Dentite!” The Representation of Jews on Television Since the Nineties     Eric Thurm

Sticky Hands     Danya Lagos



Makom Issue No. 3 (PDF)

The University of Chicago’s Undergraduate Journal of Jewish Thought     January 2013/ Tevet 5773, Issue No. 3

Letter from the Editor-in-Chief     Gabriel Shapiro

Phinehas, Abraham, and the Ethics of Imagination               Michael Francus

The Universality of Suffering: A Theological Commentary on Chagall's White Crucifixion     Michael Goldschmidt

How Jewish was the Holocaust?     Jon Catlin

Symposium: Sociology and Theology in Jewish Religious Practice     Jonathan Nathan, Dory Fox, Kayla Kirshenbaum, Eric Singerman, and Avi Levin

"She Got What She Deserved": Representations of Transgressive Womanhood in Jewish Literature, 1900-1924     Leah Reis-Dennis

Great Art and the Unending Story of Joseph     Gabriel Shapiro


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The University of Chicago’s Undergraduate Journal of Jewish Thought     May 2013 / Sivan 5773, Issue No. 4

Letter from the Layout Editor     Dory Fox

Jahzeiah     Leo Mercer

A Wittgensteinian Reading of “The Golden Calf ”               Doni Bloomfield

Symposium: Is There A Jewish Aesthetic?     Jonathan Nathan, Michael Francus, Eric Gurevitch, Jonathan Katz, and Dory Fox

Communion of the “I,” “Thou,” and “He”: the Conditions and Limits of Community for Emmanuel Levinas and Joseph B. Soloveitchik     Libbi Williams

Rabbis, Politics, and Dissent: How Should Our Clergy Engage in Affairs of State?               Ben Silver

The Stories We Don’t Tell: A Review of the film The Flat     Eliza Brown


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The University of Chicago’s Undergraduate Journal of Jewish Thought     April 2014 / Nissan 5774, Issue No. 5

Letter from the Co-Editor-in-Chief     Doni Bloomfield

Medical and Rabbinical Authority Regarding Intersex, Gender Identity, and Jewish Law     Danya Lagos

Catastrophe as Religious Experience: Levinas, Leibowitz, and the Shoah     Jonathon Catlin

Theodor Herzl's Political Zionism and the Jewish Nation-State     Kyuhyun Jo

Conflicting Agency, Baseless Choices, and the Modern Orthodox Jew     Josh Halpern

Gender and the Avot     Ben Silver

Mission Statement

Makom aims to provide undergraduates from the University of Chicago and elsewhere with a forum for serious intellectual engagement with Jewish topics. Targeted specifically at undergraduates and drawing upon the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, Makom seeks to create a space that is serious enough to stimulate genuine and fulfilling discourse while comfortable enough to encourage undergraduates to take risks in their thinking and writing about Jewish issues. Of particular relevance are Jewish students who want to engage with their Jewishness in a more intellectual way, and students of all backgrounds who are interested in Jewish studies but whose primary academic focus is in a different area. For the former, Makom offers a space in which the intellectual life that is characteristic of the University can be applied specifically to exploring Jewish identity, and for the latter, a space in which they can safely investigate their academic interests in Jewish studies. Ultimately, Makom strives to cultivate a rich undergraduate discourse on Jewish topics, to connect undergraduates with the Center for Jewish Studies, and to contribute to both the academic and Jewish communities of the University of Chicago.

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Makom encourages submissions from undergraduate students interested in Jewish studies in the form of essays, articles, reviews, works of art, opinion pieces, and letters to the editor. Submissions will be accepted and published on the basis of their relevance to Makom’s mission statement, space available, and on their intellectual and creative merit. However, Makom reserves the right to decline to publish submissions based on the discretion of the editors, and to edit any material submitted for publication for spelling, grammar, length, and both legal and professional standards of journalistic integrity. No anonymous submissions will be published.

Commitment to Intellectual Diversity

Makom is dedicated to appropriately representing undergraduates’ diversity of views on Jewish issues. Our commitment is to serious intellectual engagement with Judaism and Jewishness, not to any specific stances that such engagement may take. As such, the opinions articulated herein are to be understood as solely those of the authors, and not necessarily reflective of the Makom editorial board.