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Spiritual Cafe: Secrets of Genesis-Bereshit
PM Netanyahu’s Statement on the Ongoing Arab Terrorism

October 9, 2015 - 7:49 AM
UK Wants EU to Speed Up Deportations as Winter Approaches

October 9, 2015 - 2:38 AM
Netanyahu Tries to Calm the Country but Plays Politics

October 8, 2015 - 11:49 PM
Complete Security Footage from Afula Terror Attack [video]

October 8, 2015 - 11:33 PM
U.N. Officials on Way to ‘Rescue’ Israel and PA with ‘Peace Process’

October 8, 2015 - 11:12 PM
UK Chief Rabbi Urging Jews to Join War on Poverty

October 8, 2015 - 10:19 PM
Live Blog: Intifada 3.0 – Thursday, Oct. 8 2015 – IDF Soldier Stabbed in Afula

October 8, 2015 - 8:55 PM
4 Russian Cruise Missiles Accidentally Hit Iran (No Kidding)

October 8, 2015 - 8:51 PM
1 Arab Rioter Dead, 9 Israel Police Officer Hurt in Shuafat Clashes

October 8, 2015 - 8:15 PM
IDF Soldier Stabbed in Afula, Terrorist Captured [video]

October 8, 2015 - 7:15 PM
Haifa: Arabs Throw Stones at Cars

October 8, 2015 - 5:15 PM
Third Stabbing Terror Attack on Thursday: Kiryat Arba

October 8, 2015 - 5:00 PM
How Palestinian Arab Terrorists Choose Their Targets

October 8, 2015 - 5:00 PM
Chapel Launches Free Jewish Funeral and Yahrzeit Memorial iPhone App

October 8, 2015 - 4:50 PM
Attempted Ramming in Jerusalem [video]

October 8, 2015 - 4:31 PM
Rabbi Appointed ‘Honorary Comedic Advisor to the Pope’

October 8, 2015 - 4:30 PM
Arab MKs Reject Netanyahu’s Order Keeping Ministers, MKs, Off Temple Mount

October 8, 2015 - 4:18 PM
Official PA Daily Reports that Murders of Jews Brings Joy

October 8, 2015 - 4:09 PM
4 Wounded, Including IDF Soldier Stabbed in Tel Aviv Terror Attack

October 8, 2015 - 3:30 PM
Russia Takes over Syrian Civil War, Hits Rebels with Missiles

October 8, 2015 - 2:44 PM
Jerusalem Terror Victim in Critical Condition After Stabbing

October 8, 2015 - 2:08 PM
Israeli Arab Hospital Worker Convicted of Joining ISIS

October 8, 2015 - 1:24 PM
A Week of Intifada Miracles in the State of Israel

October 8, 2015 - 11:59 AM
Firebombs, Rocks and Rioting in Gush Etzion

October 8, 2015 - 10:33 AM
Herzog Says Zionist Union ‘Would’ve Known Better’ How to Calm Situation [video]

October 8, 2015 - 10:13 AM
Elkin Attacks Netanyahu’s Temple Mount Ruling

October 8, 2015 - 8:56 AM
Police Installing Metal Detectors at Jerusalem’s Gates

October 8, 2015 - 8:45 AM
Jewish Security Prisoners Isolated

October 8, 2015 - 8:32 AM
Mayor Nir Barkat: Come Out Today With Your Guns [audio]

October 8, 2015 - 8:06 AM
Arabs Release New Rules of Engagement [video]

October 8, 2015 - 7:37 AM
Russian Jets Intimidating US Aircraft Over Syria

October 8, 2015 - 2:21 AM
Howard Stern Slams Roger Waters for Hatred of Israel

October 7, 2015 - 11:51 PM
City of Jerusalem & Parents’ Group Declare School Strike Over Inadequate Security

October 7, 2015 - 10:38 PM
2 Arab Teens Nabbed in Jaffa Stone-Throwing Attack

October 7, 2015 - 10:24 PM
Arab Rioters Firebomb Bushes Near Police HQ in Umm el Fahm

October 7, 2015 - 10:12 PM
Kiryat Gat Terrorist Who Stabbed IDF Soldier Was Hamas Member

October 7, 2015 - 9:19 PM
Terrorist Rams Car Through Checkpoint, Tries to Hit IDF Soldiers

October 7, 2015 - 9:00 PM
1 Police Officer Wounded, 5 Arrested in Arab Riot Over Temple Mount

October 7, 2015 - 8:49 PM
Jerry Seinfeld Coming to Israel

October 7, 2015 - 8:33 PM
Border Guard Policewoman Injured in Arab Riot

October 7, 2015 - 7:50 PM
Israeli Sappers Detonate Roadside Bomb on Samaria Road

October 7, 2015 - 7:38 PM
Thwarted Arab Terror Attack in Jerusalem’s Abu Tor Neighborhood

October 7, 2015 - 6:46 PM
Arab Terror Attack at Mall Near Beilinson Hospital [video]

October 7, 2015 - 6:44 PM
Referendum, Court, or Both to Decide Kiryas Joel Land Annexation

October 7, 2015 - 5:55 PM
Huge Oil Discovery in Golan Heights Can Make Israel Energy Self-Sufficient

October 7, 2015 - 5:52 PM
70 Jewish Families Clinging to Old City’s Muslim Quarter amid Raging Violence

October 7, 2015 - 5:33 PM
Netanyahu Cancels Trip to Germany Due to Security Situation

October 7, 2015 - 4:49 PM
UPDATE: Another Stabbing Attack in Old City of Jerusalem [video]

October 7, 2015 - 3:30 PM
PA Hides Islamic Arson of Church with ‘Electrical Failure’

October 7, 2015 - 1:56 PM
Russia-Linked Gangs Trying to Smuggle Deadly Radiation Material to ISIS

October 7, 2015 - 12:46 PM
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Botah Torah Finial (1933) Silver, glass, ink on paper, Yazd, Iran
Courtesy Yeshiva University Museum

Posted on: January 24th, 2014


The ostensible outsider frequently has the privilege of seeing the exclusive inner sanctum with fresh and unbiased eyes. Artists’ initial encounters with the Talmud are equally blessed.

Menachem Wecker

Posted on: January 6th, 2014


The exhibit, according to a statement from guest curator Michele Waalkes which is posted on the museum website, “examines how faith can inform and inspire artists in their work, whether their work is symbolic, pictorial, or textual in nature. It further explores how present-day artwork can lead audiences to ponder God, religious themes, venerated traditions, or spiritual insights.”

Chanele Anne Grun Kempler

Posted on: December 30th, 2013


Although Kempler's art is “dark,” the spirit of her humanity is ever- present.

Portrait of a Young Rabbi, (ca. 1897) oil on panel by Isidor Kaufmann
Courtesy Sotheby’s

Posted on: December 20th, 2013


It is a rare season indeed when two major auction houses show not only resplendent offerings of Judaica, but also multiple examples of highly unusual and rare Jewish-themed fine art. That is indeed the case now both at Sotheby’s December 19th auction and the Bonhams recent December 10th auction.

586 BCE - Jeremiah Saving the Torah (72x72) oil on canvas by Simon Gaon. Courtesy the artist.

Posted on: December 6th, 2013


As I described Gaon in a review in June 2001 (“In Search of Ancestors, Sculpture by Simon Gaon” at Yeshiva University Museum), his Bukharian Jewish roots are deeply embedded on both sides of his family, echoed in his early yeshiva education.

Torah Ark Door (back); Egypt, 11th century with later carving and paint; Wood (walnut) with traces of paint and brass; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore (64.181) and Yeshiva University Museum (2000.231)

Posted on: November 22nd, 2013


Unconditional love is a concept that sets the bar of human conduct and forgiveness at a dizzying height, challenging the very fabric of human credulity.

The Wedding Candles (1945); oil on canvas by Marc Chagall.
Kunsthaus Zurich. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Posted on: November 8th, 2013


The fact that the Jewish Museum’s curator Susan Tumarkin Goodman presents these issues as the inescapable core of her exhibition demonstrates the courage to challenge her audience with deeply discomforting images and concepts.

The Story of Jacob and Esau (2010) 11 x 19, bronze relief by Lynda Caspe. Courtesy Derfner Judaica Museum – Hebrew Home at Riverdale

Posted on: October 25th, 2013


Lynda Caspe’s current exhibition at the Derfner Museum is an extraordinary event. In this show of 12 bronze relief sculptures and 14 cityscape paintings we have the opportunity to see the full scope of her last six years of work that, as least with the sculptures, marked a radical change in subject matter and technique.


Posted on: October 11th, 2013


The Dome of the Rock, often represented with an Islamic crescent on top, became the image for the Temple in Jewish, Christian and Moslem art for over 500 years. How and why this historical anomaly persisted is the subject of a fascinating in-depth study of Jewish, Christian and Moslem imagery and its interpretation spanning more than 2,000 years of biblical & later history by Dr. Pamela Berger, professor of Medieval Art at Boston College, Boston, MA.

Bricks (2013), [36 x 48] oil on linen by Ron Milewicz. Courtesy Elizabeth Harris Gallery.

Posted on: September 25th, 2013


The philosopher Theodor Adorno famously wrote in 1949, “cultural criticism finds itself with the final stage of the dialectic of culture and barbarism. To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric.” This statement posited that the Holocaust exposed the unredeemable rotten underbelly of Western culture and therefore the very notion of creating beauty and sensitivity was at an insurmountable impasse. Alas, as cultural history has shown, he was wrong. Strikingly, it might be said that one of the few ways still provocatively available to speak about the Holocaust is in fact through poetry.

Rabbi with Torah II (#18) (1995-2005), oil on canvas by Hyman Bloom.  Courtesy White Box and Estate of Hyman Bloom.

Posted on: September 13th, 2013


“Hyman Bloom: Paintings and Drawings (1940 – 2005),” currently at White Box (the cutting edge international art space on Broome Street), is a rare opportunity to observe the creative process of one of the most important practitioners of 20th century Jewish Art in America.

“Renew our days as of old”(from Echah) (2011) Ink, acrylic and collage on paper by David Wander. Courtesy the artist

Posted on: August 2nd, 2013


The “book” is a mighty big place these days and the current exhibition at MOBIA, “As Subject and Object: Contemporary Book Artists Explore Sacred Hebrew Texts,” is no exception. Highly mobile ebooks compete with online publications and traditionally bound volumes, scrolls, accordion-style tomes and folios that present equally exciting options for contemporary artists to interact with image and text in one unifying medium.

The Jewish Bride

Posted on: July 15th, 2013


Today is the 407th anniversary of the birth of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. Google is celebrating it with a Goodle Doodle of the Dutch artist's 1659 oil on canvas self portrait.

Rabbi Lieberow and Family; oil on canvas by Harry McCormick.
Courtesy Chassidic Art Institute

Posted on: July 5th, 2013


At the Chassidic Art Institute one artist, Harry McCormick, has rather amazingly fathomed the authentic heartbeat of the individual Jewish life. This exhibition, running until July 25, shows a mere 16 paintings, but six of them reveal a deeply perceptive and sensitive chronicle of Yiddishkeit.

In Prayer, oil on board by Alfred Lakos.
Courtesy Kestenbaum & Company.

Posted on: June 21st, 2013


Judaica Auctions and the exhibition that precede them at Kestenbaum & Company are always a cornucopia of aesthetic delights. The sheer variety and overall quality of the ceremonial objects and works of art make the exhibition and catalogue a museum-like experience. The current exhibition is no exception.

Jonah (2013) 48 x 48, oil on linen by Shany Saar. Courtesy the artist.

Posted on: June 7th, 2013


Whether it is the disastrous report of the 12 spies or the furious condemnation that doomed an entire generation to die in the wilderness, the Torah narrative in Bamidbar turns terribly grim after the glorious inauguration of the Mishkan in the second year after leaving Egypt. With this in mind, just imagine my surprise at an encounter with two artists who address these (and other Biblical) themes right around the corner.

Image courtesy of the Detroit Art Institute

Posted on: May 31st, 2013


Not far from Amsterdam, in the village of Ouderkerk on the River Amstel, lies the Portuguese-Jewish cemetery called Beth Haim. Here in this pastoral necropolis repose the remains of Jews who fled the Iberian Peninsula in the wake of the Inquisition, exiles who chose banishment over baptism, who had fortuitously managed to survive the torture chambers or dodge the stake in the relentless drive by the Roman Catholic Church to cleanse the land of heretics.

Omer Map (website image) by Yitzchok Moully. Courtesy the artist.

Posted on: May 24th, 2013


I have always had a problem with the Omer. Doing the mitzvah of counting the Omer was of course pretty easy. Remembering to start the second evening of Passover and remembering to stop the day before Shavous took a little concentration but somehow I always managed. No, for me the nagging problem was always why was I doing this in the first place, other than the fact it was a biblical (according to the Rambam) commandment.


Posted on: May 10th, 2013


The megillahs beg to be illustrated. Each is associated with a notable holiday and each presents an idiosyncratic view of Jewish history and experience. Those that are not overtly narrative cry out to be narrated while the others present the most compelling stories imaginable. Song of Songs is scandalous until tamed by rabbinic interpretation; Koheles equally assaults a pious worldview, Eichah tears our hearts out, while Esther fills us with fear and pride. And finally Ruth causes us to examine the very foundations of the Messiah. Alas, their pictorial history is uneven.

The Frankfurt Mishneh Torah, circa 1457-1465. Estimate $4.5/6 million.

Posted on: April 29th, 2013


An exquisite collection, across generations.

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