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A Word Is Worth 100 Pictures: Richard McBee Empowers The Biblical Sarah

Posted on: January 21st, 2009

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Writing a biography of the biblical Sarah, whether in text or images, is about as easy as hunting tigers in Africa or helping Pooh chase Heffalumps and Woozles.

 

A Light Unto The Nation: Benno Elkan’s Knesset Menorah

Posted on: January 14th, 2009

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While the heart of Israel's democracy is to be found in the Knesset in Jerusalem, just across the road is a quiet but persuasive work of art that sums up the awesome narrative of Jewish history that finally brought us to the Land of Israel.

 

Saying Hello Once Again, To Sholom Aleichem: Theodore Bikel Revives Tevye

Posted on: January 7th, 2009

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Generally, sequels are best avoided. It should not have taken three remakes to prove that the first "Planet of the Apes" was more than enough, and the movie-going public would have been far better off without repeats of films like "Legally Blonde" and "Weekend at Bernie's."

 

Chagall’s Influence: Mystical Storytelling at MOBIA: Chagall and the Russian Jewish Theater

Posted on: December 31st, 2008

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In 1931 Marc Chagall embarked on a series of etchings of the Bible that would become a pervasive, creative theme for the rest of his life.

 

Flying To The Moon: Michael Gleizer’s Paintings At The Chassidic Art Institute

Posted on: December 24th, 2008

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Michael Gleizer's work is unfortunately all too easy to pigeonhole. You are not likely to ever encounter it in the Whitney Biennial, and you had better not expect to see it selling for hundreds of millions alongside Damien Hirst's works at auction.

 

Flying To The Moon: Michael Gleizer’s Paintings At The Chassidic Art Institute

Posted on: December 24th, 2008

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Michael Gleizer's work is unfortunately all too easy to pigeonhole. You are not likely to ever encounter it in the Whitney Biennial, and you had better not expect to see it selling for hundreds of millions alongside Damien Hirst's works at auction.

 

Did Chagall Know Hebrew?

Posted on: December 10th, 2008

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It's almost impossible to discuss Jewish art without mentioning Marc Chagall. One of nine children, Chagall was born in Vitebsk (now Belarus), which had about 20,000 Jews.

 

Is There A Theatrical Definition Of ‘Never Again’?

Posted on: November 26th, 2008

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"Some of our most exquisite murders," Alfred Hitchcock famously observed, "have been domestic, performed with tenderness in simple, homey places like [at] the kitchen table."

 

Is There A Theatrical Definition Of ‘Never Again’?

Posted on: November 26th, 2008

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"Some of our most exquisite murders," Alfred Hitchcock famously observed, "have been domestic, performed with tenderness in simple, homey places like [at] the kitchen table."

 

Was Oppenheimer A Defender Or Destroyer Of Worlds?

Posted on: November 12th, 2008

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Jewish physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer's decision to move forward with the production of the atom bomb in 1945 represented the culmination of a moral dilemma of tremendous magnitude.

 

Arbit Blatas: Centennial Tribute

Posted on: October 22nd, 2008

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Barbarism cannot triumph. This is what we believe, as Jews and as Americans.

 

Taking The Diaspora’s Portrait

Posted on: October 15th, 2008

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Walking through Chrystie Sherman's solo show at the Austrian Embassy in Washington will almost inevitably make viewers rethink their notions not only of what it means to be a Jew, but also what Jews look like.

 

Siona Benjamin: Finding Home

Posted on: October 8th, 2008

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Siona Benjamin is a most unusual artist determined to recast Jewish art as a dynamic, cross-cultural phenomenon.

 

The Frog, the Demons, and the Jewish Star

Posted on: October 1st, 2008

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Perhaps upholding Leviticus 19:31, which insists, "Do not turn to those who worship Ob or to wizards; do not desire to become defiled by them,"

 

Yom Kippur And The Akeidah: Paintings at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Posted on: September 24th, 2008

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The Akeidah casts a very long shadow in the lives of all Jews, every day and particularly at this time of year.

 

[Biblical Scenes]: Two Exhibits At The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Posted on: September 17th, 2008

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When Abraham built the altar on Mount Moriah, it must have been very painful to know each step brought him closer to losing Isaac, whom the Bible goes out of its way to call his "only son, whom he loved."

 

Michelangelo And The Jews: Part II

Posted on: September 10th, 2008

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The Sistine Secrets by Benjamin Blech and Roy Doliner raises many intriguing issues about one of the most important works of Western art and its creator, Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 - 1564) as first presented in my review on August 29.

 

Innovation and Imitation in Albrecht Dürer’s Samson

Posted on: September 3rd, 2008

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German artist, Albrecht Dürer's woodcut "Samson Slaying the Lion" (1497-98) shows the warrior-prophet with the unkempt hair and beard of a Nazarite, sitting on the back of a lion, whose jaws he pulls apart.

 

Michelangelo And The Jews

Posted on: August 27th, 2008

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The Sistine Chapel in Rome is at the very heart of the Roman Catholic universe, the pope's private chapel in the Vatican and, notably, is one of the most famous tourist sites in history.

 

Chassidic Surfers And Psychedelic Judaism: Daniel Weinstein’s Art

Posted on: August 20th, 2008

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Viewers who read Daniel Weinstein's list of artistic influences on his website will get the impression they are dealing with an unusual sort of Judaica, even before they see the art.

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