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The Insecure Prophet: Walking A Mile In Nathan’s Shoes

When the prophet Nathan woke up in the morning and saw his to-do list for the day - rebuke the king of Israel for his sin with Bathsheba - did he hit his snooze alarm and try, like the prophet Jonah, to shirk his duty?

Frydlender’s Constructions

What is Frydlender up to? Barry Frydlender, the prominent Israeli photographer, is currently privileged with simultaneous exhibitions at the Tel Aviv Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Brotherly Hatred

If an Israeli settler and a Palestinian shopkeeper sat through Israeli playwright Ilan Hatsor's Masked, both might feel betrayed and misrepresented.

Caravaggio And Evil

      Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio (1571-1610) was well acquainted with evil. His short violent life careened wildly between prestigious painting commissions from the most powerful men...

Fighting Anti-Semitism In Life And Death: Two New Films On Daniel Pearl And Simon...

"Your powers are weak, old man," Darth Vader tells Obi-Wan Kenobi as the young Luke anxiously watches the ensuing battle from a distance.

The Arch of Titus: Am Yisroel Chai

I walked slowly away from the Coliseum in Rome. Completed in 80 C.E. by the Emperor Titus it was used for almost 500 years for countless gladiatorial games and bloody spectacles.

Forcing The Messiah Any Day That He Might Come

"I believe with complete faith in the coming of the Messiah," declares Maimonides in his Thirteen Principles of Faith, "and even if he tarries, nevertheless I shall await him any day that he might come."

Women’s Work, Women’s Art: Ita Aber At Yeshiva University Museum

Could there be such a thing as Women's Art? From my liberal modernist perspective such a notion is foreign, threatening and, indeed, heretical.

The Art Of Jewish Medicine

When Mark Podwal showed the galleys for his book "Doctored Drawings" to a former culture editor at The New York Times (he has drawn for the op-ed page for 35 years), he suggested Podwal remove eight drawings with Jewish symbolism.

Illustrating The Postmodernist’s Bible: Nature in John Bradford’s Art

Some painters enslave themselves to detailed landscapes, patiently tracking every tree branch and grass blade in an effort to transcribe and document everything.

The Jewish Gallery

Something is blooming in Brooklyn that promises a dramatic revitalization of Jewish visual culture.

Poetic Art And Biblical Illustration: A Study In Contrasts

One of the advantages museums hold over galleries is that their exhibits need not focus on one theme.

The New Arthur Szyk: Fad Or Revival?

Cartoonists often draw the short straws at posh cocktail parties.

A Middle Eastern Scavenger Hunt: Can Shaymos be Art?

Oftentimes, the art world functions like an ecosystem, whereby certain artist-producers generate innovative, new content, and artist-consumers readily borrow from those raw materials and shape them into new products.

And Then Came The Painter…

Although Passover is no longer around the corner (11 months and counting until next year's cleaning craze), Had Gadya remains a timeless song of Jewish persecution and triumph over generation after generation of anti-Semitism.

The Artistic Side Of Holocaust Art

Holocaust art has dominated the news lately for all the wrong reasons.

Jewish Women Artists Talk About Their Work (Part Five)

Permission to Use Hebrew Letters, Healing the World, and the Pull of Judaism

Jewish Women Artists Talk About Their Work (Part Four)

"Am I a Jewish artist? A woman artist? A Jewish woman artist? Of course!

Jewish Women Artists Talk About Their Work (Part Three)

Israeli Trees, The Four Corners Of Jewish Art, Kabbalistic Shells, And Tender Heaviness

Jewish Women Artists Talk About Their Work (Part Two)

Shabbat Chess, Lighting The Torah, A Hidden Synagogue, And Ketubah Collage

Jewish Women Artists Talk About Their Work (Part One)

On Sunday, February 18, I attended an opening at the Kraft Center for Jewish Life (also known as the Columbia/Barnard Hillel) for the exhibit Words Within.

Does Being Jewish, American And An Artist… A Jewish-American Artist Make?

Was Rembrandt a Jewish artist because he painted the Jewish wedding?

Impressions Of Meah Shearim

"Back in Russia most of my works were dark and grey, reflecting the mood of those days and the way they taught us to paint," says artist Eric Lubiynov.

A Jewish Blend Of Comedy And Tragedy

Mattress companies are forever reminding us that we spend one third of our lives in bed.

Two Jewish Intellectuals And An Anti-Semitic Composer

It sounds like a variation upon a hackneyed joke: Two Jewish writers and an anti-Semitic composer walk into a salon.

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