Chillul Tefila Bifarhesia, as well as halachicly challenged verbiage and dress, are external manifestations of a critical lack of personal yiras shomayim which has lethal consequences.
Posted on: August 13th, 2008Sections → Arts
Lag B'Omer is a communal sigh of relief. Historically the plague that consumed 24,000 of Rabbi Akiva's students in the second century did not include the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer.
Posted on: August 6th, 2008Sections → Arts
Marilyn Banner's encaustic painting "Listening" (2008) at first appears to be ironically titled.
Posted on: July 30th, 2008Sections → Arts
Piety and paintings of pious Jews, what a dangerous mix! It takes considerable courage to dedicate oneself to making art, not to mention to do so within the Orthodox community.
Posted on: July 23rd, 2008Sections → Arts
What do you get when you mix a Jesuit publishing company, a Reform Jewish scholar, an Orthodox Jewish painter, and a thesis on human-divine encounters?
Posted on: July 16th, 2008Sections → Arts
Upon walking into the synagogue at Hadassah Hospital, one is forced to look up.
Posted on: July 9th, 2008Sections → Arts
When Andrew Jacobs heard about a bungalow colony of Holocaust survivors on Geiger Road in the Catskills, his mind unleashed a series of pardonable stereotypes.
Posted on: July 2nd, 2008Sections → Arts
As an artist, when I visit a museum I relish the opportunity to soak up a gamut of aesthetic experiences; the wonderful array of visual and intellectual stimulation that characterizes looking at any kind of art.
Posted on: June 25th, 2008Sections → Arts
Some of history's greatest paintings have explored tragedy, from Francisco Goya's "Saturn Devouring his Son" and etching series on "The Disasters of War" to Pablo Picasso's "Guernica" to John Singer Sargent's "Gassed."
Posted on: June 18th, 2008Sections → Arts
We live apart, we Jews − partially, by God's command and partially, because of age-old enmity from non-Jews.
Posted on: June 12th, 2008Sections → Arts
Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities (1972) imagines a dialogue between the explorer Marco Polo and the emperor Kublai Khan.
Posted on: June 4th, 2008Sections → Arts
Light and shadow typically assume moral implications in literature, where light is often divine and dark symbolizes the unknown and the scary.
Posted on: May 28th, 2008Sections → Arts
The road one chooses in Art, much like life, does not necessarily determine the final destination.
Posted on: May 21st, 2008Sections → Arts
There is perhaps a paradox afoot in conventional American Jewish views on Holocaust memory.
Posted on: May 14th, 2008Sections → Arts
"And it happened after these things that God tested Abraham and said to him, 'Abraham.' And he replied, 'Here I am.' "
Posted on: May 7th, 2008Sections → Arts
When Linda Loman sees that the only people attending her husband Willy's funeral are her sons Biff and Happy and neighbors Charley and Bernard, she wonders what happened to the multitude of mourners that Willy had always promised.
Posted on: April 30th, 2008Sections → Arts
Near the end of his long and productive life, Nicolas Poussin was commissioned in 1660 to paint an unusual series of paintings called the "Four Seasons".
Posted on: April 23rd, 2008Sections → Arts
Howard Salmon first celebrated his bar mitzvah as a 44-year-old. He and six others attended a class at Temple Emanu-El in Tucson, Arizona, and each one prepared one aliyah of the Torah reading.
Posted on: April 16th, 2008Sections → Arts
First there was the word. It was spoken on the mountain and we were afraid. Then it was written fire on fire.
Posted on: April 9th, 2008Sections → Arts
Swastikas have been popping up lately in the most unusual places.
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