In a 1972 study, Stanley Milgram found that "familiar strangers" who share a repeated experience (like riding the same bus every day) are likelier to communicate when cast into an unfamiliar setting, than are two strangers with no such shared experience.
What role can a documentary film assume when facts cannot be agreed upon and truth is spelled with a lower case "t"?
Rembrandt's etching, Abraham Entertaining the Angels, is a pristine jewel of Biblical narrative.
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?
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.
If an Israeli settler and a Palestinian shopkeeper sat through Israeli playwright Ilan Hatsor's Masked, both might feel betrayed and misrepresented.
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...
"Your powers are weak, old man," Darth Vader tells Obi-Wan Kenobi as the young Luke anxiously watches the ensuing battle from a distance.
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.
"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."
Could there be such a thing as Women's Art? From my liberal modernist perspective such a notion is foreign, threatening and, indeed, heretical.
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.
Some painters enslave themselves to detailed landscapes, patiently tracking every tree branch and grass blade in an effort to transcribe and document everything.
Something is blooming in Brooklyn that promises a dramatic revitalization of Jewish visual culture.
One of the advantages museums hold over galleries is that their exhibits need not focus on one theme.
Cartoonists often draw the short straws at posh cocktail parties.
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.
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.
Holocaust art has dominated the news lately for all the wrong reasons.
Permission to Use Hebrew Letters, Healing the World, and the Pull of Judaism
"Am I a Jewish artist? A woman artist? A Jewish woman artist? Of course!
Israeli Trees, The Four Corners Of Jewish Art, Kabbalistic Shells, And Tender Heaviness
Shabbat Chess, Lighting The Torah, A Hidden Synagogue, And Ketubah Collage
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.
Was Rembrandt a Jewish artist because he painted the Jewish wedding?