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No Small Matter: Features of Jewish Childhood

Anat Helman


For many centuries Jews were renowned for the efforts they put into their children's welfare and education. Eventually, prioritizing children became a modern Western norm, as reflected in an abundance of research in fields such as pediatric medicine, psychology, and law. In other academic fields, however, young children in particular have received less attention, perhaps because they rarely leave written documentation. The interdisciplinary symposium in this volume seeks to overcome this challenge by delving into different facets of Jewish childhood in history, literature, and film. The book v ... More

Keywords: children, Jewish childhood, Jewish children, Jewish reproduction, bar mitzvah, bat mitzvah, Hebrew revival, child Holocaust survivors

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Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197577301
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197577301.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anat Helman, editor
Senior Lecturer, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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No Small Matter: Features of Jewish Childhood

Introduction: Jewish Children in the 20th Century

Paula S. Fass, (University of California, Berkeley)

Jewish Reproduction and Children in the Modern Era

Uzi Rebhun, (The Hebrew University)

The Role of Children in the Revival of Hebrew

Yael Reshef, (The Hebrew University)

Mapping the History of Child Holocaust Survivors

Joanna Beata Michlic, (University College London)

Hide-and-Seek: The Tale of Three Girls in the Giado Concentration Camp in Libya (1942–1943)

Nava T. Barazani, (The Hebrew University) (The David Yellin Academic College of Education)

The Children of Kfar Etzion: Resilience and Its Causes

Amia Lieblich, (The Hebrew University) (The Academic College of Society and the Arts)

The Transformation of the Bar Mitzvah Ceremony, 1800–2020

David Golinkin, (Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies)


The Child Who Cannot Ask: The Holocaust Poetry of Moisei Teif

Anna Shternshis, (University of Toronto)

Review Essay

Anat Helman

Book Reviews

Antisemitism and Holocaust

Anat Helman

Cultural Studies and Literature

History, Biography, and Social Science

Zionism, Israel, and the Middle East