life today is global in its ideas, politics, culture, and religion.
The distances which traditionally have been
so important for a scattered people are shrinking rapidly thanks
to global transportation and communications. For Jews, as for all
people, the internet is now the foremost means of developing culture
and exchanging ideas. Covenant, The Global Jewish Magazine,
uses the speed and ubiquity of the web to tie together Jews with
the most compelling writing of the day. Covenant has close to 7,000 subscribers worldwide.
The world of vast continents and immense oceans now functions
as a single unit. Cause and effect can be instant; actions in one
place produce reactions days or even hours later thousands of miles
away. Ideas and images, not only styles but whole cultures, move
effortlessly. And the fruits, both sweet and bitter, are apparent.
But for Jews the idea of a global culture is as old as the Biblical
period. The Assyrians and Babylonians globalized the Jews, destroying
the kingdoms of Israel and then Judah and carrying off the tribes
to exile, Diaspora, and uncertain reunification. And already by
the fifth century BCE Jews were carrying on conversations at long-distance,
calling upon one another for information and support. And so it
has been for the subsequent 2500 years, across dispersals and travails
as profound as anything imagined by the Prophets.
The challenges and problems that face Jews are as huge in the
twenty-first century as in the forty that went before. Difficulties
that are new in content or form--ranging from violent attacks to
the ever-present temptation of assimilation--beset us on all sides.
Yet the impulse toward survival and originality are also ever-present
and extraordinarily active. The goal of Covenant is to bring some
of this ferment to Jews and others around the world.
edited and published by Professor Barry Rubin, with Judith Roumani
as deputy editor. Professor Rubin is director of the Global Research
International Affairs (GLORIA) Center of
the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, and is author
of, among other works, Assimilation
and its Discontents.
quarterly journal, Covenant is delivered free via email
to subscribers worldwide, who may read articles on screen or
print them out. Contributions
deal with the modern world, culture, history, politics, and religion,
and include up to date reporting on situations
around the world, as well as fiction from Jewish writers both known
and unknown. Covenant is interested in both topical and
thematic contributions, discussed in accessible and engaging ways.
authors should feel free to contact the editors with proposals,
suggestions for authors, and general comments (click
here to read
the criteria for submission).
Covenant is aimed at a general but sophisticated audience, Jews
seeking new ideas about the world, and answers to questions that
press on us in old and new ways. Covenant's goals are to include
Jews in discussions that are often fragmented, promote honest controversy
and new ideas, responsible in tone and with conviction, and to
bridge the gaps that divide Jews against each other--in religion,
politics, culture and geography.