Issue 2, Number 2 (2018) Fall 2018

Dear reader,

I am Miriam Minsk, a Penn sophomore studying bioengineering and potentially minoring in Biological Basis of Behaviors. When I first arrived at Penn last year, I missed the opportunities I had to engage with Judaism and Israel at my Jewish high school. Luckily, Professor Heather Sharkey, who continues to be an outstanding mentor, suggested I work to revive Kedma. The magazine was founded in 2005 and last published in 2013 before the Spring, 2018, semester. I am excited to see Kedma continue to grow for our second issue, and I am ecstatic about the material you are about to read. Among this content are essays about Jewish refugees in China during World War II, Holocaust education in the United States, and the Talmud’s view on women testifying in courts of law. This variety of content demonstrates the skills and interests of our diverse community at Penn. There is something in this journal for everyone, so please dig in, engage with the content, and let your friends or us know what you think. If you find a topic or idea missing, please let us know. We would love to publish your submissions too to better fulfill our mission of including as many views as we can. Happy reading!

Miriam Minsk


Book Review




The Resistance
Sarah Goldfarb


Poem: I Am
Jonah Waldman



Miriam Minsk

Essays Editors:

Sarah Goldfarb

Melanie Hilman

Joshua Kadish

Celeste Marcus

Contributing Writers:

Sarah Goldfarb

Deena Kopyto

Sydney Lewis

Jonah Rose

Ariel Sasson

Jonah Waldman

Brent Weisberg

Freya (Qingyang) Zhou

Contributing Artists:

Jonah Waldman

Faculty Advisor:

Heather Sharkey

Kedma is made possible by grants from The Jewish Studies Program of the University of Pennsylvania. Special thanks to the Jewish Studies Program and its director, Professor Kathryn Hellerstein, for their support. 

The views expressed in Kedma do not necessarily reflect those of the University of Pennsylvania Jewish Studies Program, its faculty, or of the journal’s staff. 

Cover photo by Heather Sharkey.