Light and shadow typically assume moral implications in literature, where light is often divine and dark symbolizes the unknown and the scary.
The road one chooses in Art, much like life, does not necessarily determine the final destination.
There is perhaps a paradox afoot in conventional American Jewish views on Holocaust memory.
"And it happened after these things that God tested Abraham and said to him, 'Abraham.' And he replied, 'Here I am.' "
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.
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".
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.
First there was the word. It was spoken on the mountain and we were afraid. Then it was written fire on fire.
Swastikas have been popping up lately in the most unusual places.
When an artist creates, intention - elementary to the creative process - is paradoxically secondary to the finished work.
Pegging Arthur Miller a Jewish playwright is a dangerous enterprise.
Such a nice story the Megillah Esther is, don't you think?
The opening sentence of Saul Bellow's 1953 novel, The Adventures of Augie March, which begins, "I am an American, Chicago born - Chicago, that somber city - and go at things as I have taught myself, free-style," arguably did as much as any novel to put Chicago on this century's literary map.
Some artists' iconoclastic, bohemian behavior gets them into trouble.
JT Waldman's Megillat Esther is brash, loud and groundbreaking.
At first glance, Moritz Rabinowitz and Baruch Spinoza have very little in common.
The Holocaust was "Ground Zero of the Greenwald-Kahana family."
Miriam Beerman's paintings have appeared in more than 100 exhibits, including a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum, a first for a woman artist.
Ludwig Schwarz's 2000 assemblage of seven altered thrift store-bought paintings, "Untitled (Born to Be Mild)," can be said to evoke Piet Mondrian's abstract works, which rely heavily upon a simple palette and the grid.
To encounter God is an elemental quest of mankind.