Issue 2, Number 4 (2019) Fall 2019

Dear reader, 

Thank you for choosing to read our journal, Kedma. Kedma was founded on Penn’s campus in 2005 and last published in 2013 before the Spring 2018 semester when it was revived. Luckily, Professor Heather Sharkey, who continues to be an outstanding mentor, helped initiate Kedma’s revival. We now have the opportunity to publish the work of undergrads across campus on a variety of topics, from commentary on Jewish religious practices to modern-day Israeli culture. We are excited to see Kedma continue to grow for our fourth issue and are ecstatic about the material you are about to read. 

Among this content is an essay about the growing vegan industry in Israel, a review of Jessica Marglin’s Across Legal Lines: Jews and Muslims in Modern Morocco, and a paper exploring the impacts of Fauda, a Netflix-original television show about an elite unit in the Israel Defense Forces, on Israeli and Palestinian viewers. 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! 

Noga Even & Miriam Minsk


Book Review



Noga Even 

Miriam Minsk 

Essays Editors: 

Sarah Goldfarb 

Melanie Hilman 

Anna Naggar 

Keren Stearns 

Rachel Wechsler 

Qingyang (Freya) Zhou 

Contributing Writers: 

Sarah Abbasi 

Noga Even 

Shalva Gozland 

Kelsey Gross 

Maya Itkin-Ofer 

Qingyang (Freya) Zhou 

Contributing Artists: 

Shalva Gozland 

Miriam Minsk 

Yarden Wiesenfeld 

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 Yarden Wiesenfeld.