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Israel Returning Bodies of 10 Arab Terrorists to Families in Jerusalem

February 8, 2016 - 1:50 PM
 
Tel Sheva Arab Student Indicted on Terror Conspiracy After Return From Jordan

February 8, 2016 - 12:49 PM
 
Danon Helps Bereaved IDF Parents Lobby for MIA Soldiers at UN

February 8, 2016 - 11:32 AM
 
Israeli Arab MK Ahmed Tibi Hosted at White House, State Dept. [video]

February 8, 2016 - 11:00 AM
 
Higher Incidence of Cancer, Asthma Found in Haifa

February 8, 2016 - 10:45 AM
 
ISIS Executioner Participated in Galloway’s 2009 Gaza ‘Aid Convoy’

February 8, 2016 - 9:37 AM
 
Israeli Research Into Zika Virus Contradicts World Health Organization Findings

February 7, 2016 - 10:56 PM
 
Ban ‘Mooned’ at Park East Synagogue

February 7, 2016 - 10:15 PM
 
New AG Orders Police to Investigate Arab MKs’ Visit with Terrorists’ Families

February 7, 2016 - 8:43 PM
 
Hitler’s Other Hobby, Painting, Now on Auction

February 7, 2016 - 7:51 PM
 
Morocco Launches World’s Largest Concentrating Solar Power Plant

February 7, 2016 - 6:56 PM
 
Pegida Anti-Muslim Demonstrations Attract Thousands But Don’t Leave Big Impression

February 7, 2016 - 6:13 PM
 
Reporter Who Interviewed Bernie Sanders on Kibbutz Experience Speaks Out

February 7, 2016 - 3:39 PM
 
Second Synagogue Arson Discovered, Holy Ark Burnt

February 7, 2016 - 2:27 PM
 
ISIS Now Multi-Generational & Global With 34 Affiliates

February 7, 2016 - 2:23 PM
 
Jordan Adds to Western Wall Mixed-Gender Prayer Controversy

February 7, 2016 - 2:00 PM
 
Netanyahu Eulogizes Minister Uri Orbach z’l – ‘We Loved Him Tremendously’

February 7, 2016 - 1:20 PM
 
Quadruplets Born in Haifa

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Poll: Majority of Palestinians Oppose Third Intifada, Prefer Fatah over Hamas

February 7, 2016 - 12:19 PM
 
Chief Rabbinate Revoking PA Kashrut Certificates

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Israeli MK Hanin Zoabi Sentenced to Slap on the Wrist

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Suspected Bomb Found at Light Rail Stop Near Damascus Gate

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Hillary Clinton Dropped Out of the 2016 Presidential Race – in 2012 [video]

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Special Skills Used to Rescue Child, Driver in Miracle ‘Cliff-Hanger’ Accident

February 7, 2016 - 9:50 AM
 
Update: IDF Soldier Injured, Terrorist Killed in Ashkelon Terror Attack

February 7, 2016 - 9:40 AM
 
Lake Kinneret Rising Due to Sabbath Rain

February 7, 2016 - 8:37 AM
 
Netanyahu: ‘I Expect World to Condemn Desecration of a Synagogue’

February 7, 2016 - 7:00 AM
 
Radioactive Leak at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant in NY

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Bashar al-Assad’s Mother Anissa Makhlouf Assad Dies at 86

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Arson Burns Holy Books at Givat Sorek, Near Karmei Tzur

February 6, 2016 - 9:58 PM
 
35,000 Syrians Wait in Desperation to Cross Turkish Border

February 6, 2016 - 9:13 PM
 
Abbas Supports Russia’s Airstrikes in Syria

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David Wichs, Philanthropist, 38, Passes in NYC

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‘Juniper Cobra 2016’ US-IDF Exercises Happening this Month After All

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Jewish Woman Stabbed in Bedouin Town of Rahat

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S&P Keeps Israel’s Credit Rating at A+

February 6, 2016 - 7:31 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

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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

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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

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

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

Posted on: December 20th, 2013

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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.

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

Posted on: December 6th, 2013

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

Schonberg-101113-Crescent
 

Posted on: October 11th, 2013

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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

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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

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“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.

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“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

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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

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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.

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

Posted on: July 5th, 2013

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Posted on: May 10th, 2013

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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

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An exquisite collection, across generations.

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