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The Calm Before The Storm

20 Tevet 5767 – January 10, 2007
Often times, the most terrifying thing that plagues someone undergoing a traumatic process is uncertainty.

Paintings That Pray

13 Tevet 5767 – January 3, 2007
In a 1934 article, titled "New Training for Future Artists and Art Lovers," Mark Rothko drew upon his experience teaching at the Brooklyn Jewish Academy to explore a new model of art instruction.

Jewish Books Of Art At The National Museum Of Women In The Arts

29 Kislev 5767 – December 20, 2006
Is it a book, is it art, or is it both?"

Prosecuting Auschwitz

22 Kislev 5767 – December 13, 2006
"I had the bad luck to get tangled up in this horror. The crimes did not occur because it was my will," a man in a dark suit with a striped tie says, matter-of-factly.

A Coat Of Transparent Colors

15 Kislev 5767 – December 6, 2006
It is easy to read the narrative of Joseph and his alienation from his family as a tragic tale of missed opportunities in parenting, and brotherly compassion and patience.

Honeybee Songs

8 Kislev 5767 – November 29, 2006
Song of Songs is one of the most controversial books in Tanach because of its ambiguity.

A Cat’s Bar Mitzvah (Don’t Worry – It’s A Graphic Novel)

1 Kislev 5767 – November 22, 2006
One day, the rabbi's cat gets tired of the constant cawing of the rabbi's parrot, so he eats the bird and acquires the ability to speak.

One More Dead Jew, And Other Poems

24 Heshvan 5767 – November 15, 2006
Richard Michelson is an existential, yet guilty, sort of poet.

A Haunting Tale Of Assimilation

17 Heshvan 5767 – November 8, 2006
Man's use of "Time" is an artificial system that has been invented as a template to place over nature for convenience.

Reconsidering Iraqi Women

10 Heshvan 5767 – November 1, 2006
"I try to tell momma she won't get stolen. Her hair is not that nice.

A Matter Of Death And Death: The Washington National Opera Chooses Sophie

3 Heshvan 5767 – October 25, 2006
Although Sophie Zawistowska asserts that nothing would have been different, had she chosen her six-year-old daughter, Eva, to live and her 10-year-old son, Jan, to die instead,

Should Looted Art From The Holoucast Be Returned? A Response To Michael Kimmelman

26 Tishri 5767 – October 18, 2006
Ever since artists created berry juice paintings of buffalos on cave walls, seeking to offer the hunters mastery over their prey, artists have used limited, physical materials to create transcendent, idealized art.

What’s New With Jewish-American Superheroes?

12 Tishri 5767 – October 4, 2006
"Take a sock at Hitler! Sock your dough in bonds and stamps!" says one comic.

Swastikas And Couches

5 Tishri 5767 – September 27, 2006
Edmund Engelman's photograph, Entrance of Berggasse in Vienna's 9th District with Number 19 in the Middle, unfolds like a Twilight Zone episode.

Jewish Roaches

27 Elul 5766 – September 20, 2006
Cockroaches are not usually associated with Judaism. They might show up unwanted during Pesach cleaning.

Art That Produces, Not Consumes

20 Elul 5766 – September 13, 2006
The current show at the Yeshiva University Museum is bizarrely titled.

One Thousand Words Are Worth A Picture

13 Elul 5766 – September 6, 2006
Book collectors are often pack-rats that are obsessed with the printed word in all of its manifestations.

Eight Jewish Dada Artists

6 Elul 5766 – August 30, 2006
George Grosz's 1944 painting, "Cain, or Hitler in Hell" shows the Nazi leader with his iconic moustache and uniform sitting sadly, mopping his brow.

Painting Trauma And Relief: Hopeful Holocaust Paintings

29 Av 5766 – August 23, 2006
For American artists, the attacks on the Twin Towers are a particularly difficult subject matter.

Introducing The Mets In Yiddish

15 Av 5766 – August 9, 2006
"When you go back and you think about what it is," Jake Ehrenreich told me over the phone, pausing to put down his cell phone whenever he saw a nearby police car, "it's all about tradition."

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