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Terror Attack Foiled Near Yitzhar

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Number of Israeli Tourists to Germany Rises by 14 Percent

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Israeli-Made Chipset Could Extend Battery Life for Devices Using 4G Mobile Networks

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US Ambassador to South Korea Slashed by Activist

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Call It A Purim Miracle: Reports Say Ayatollah Khamenei In Critical Condition

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Israel To Double Water Supply For Gaza Despite Hamas Threats

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Israeli Opposition Leader’s Speech Cut Off on TV as ‘Elections Propaganda’

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1st-Century House Unearthed in Nazareth Could be Jesus’s Childhood Home

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Ambassador Ron Dermer Recaps Netanyahu’s Speech [video]

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US Secy of State Kerry Says ‘Demanding Iran Capitulate is Not a Plan’

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Haifa U Research Confirms, ‘Think Good & It Will Be Good!’

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Abbas Underscores PLO’s ’3 NO’s’ in Ramallah Rant

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His Hands Weren’t Up: DoJ Clears Ferguson Police Officer

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IDF to Split Tel Aviv’s Missile Warning System

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2 Islamic Holidays to Close NYC Public Schools Next Year

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A Concrete Proposal

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Latest Election Poll

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Al Jazeera Reporter: ‘Bibi Said ISIL and Iran Working Together’

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Tea Party Radio Host Says Democrats Who Boycotted Bibi Should Be Hanged

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24 Firebomb and Rock-Throwing Attacks in One Day

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New Poll Gives Herzog-Livni 3-Seat Lead but no Coalition

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Al Arabiya Editor-In-Chief: President Obama, Listen To Netanyahu On Iran

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Netanyahu Says Israel Can Stand Alone – and Pelosi Turns her Back [video]

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Jordanian King Warns Global Battle With ISIS Has Launched World War III

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PA, PLO to Appeal US Court Ruling — ‘No Money to Pay’ Damages to Terror Victims

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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.

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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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Allegory of Mercy, detail; Monumental Illuminated Esther Scroll (mid 18th century). 
Photo: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem: Elie Posner. Courtesy Sotheby’s.
 

Posted on: April 26th, 2013

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Michael and Judy Steinhardt are putting their magnificent Judaica collection up for sale at Sotheby’s in New York on April 29. The results of 44 years of diverse collecting will be on view from Wednesday April 24 and simply must be seen by anyone interested in Jewish visual and material culture.

Wedding with a Chuppah Held Up by Rifles and Pitchforks (1952), photograph by David Seymour © Chim (David Seymour)/ Magnum Photos
 

Posted on: April 12th, 2013

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Two masters of modern photography are on view at the International Center of Photography; Chim (Szymin) aka David Seymour and Roman Vishniac. They are both Jewish and just happen to bring astute but radically different visions to Jewish photographic subjects. These brilliant, exhaustive exhibitions help us examine the fundamentals of what it means to create a Jewish Art in photography.

Creation: Children Dancing (detail from The Scroll) (1987) mixed media on paper by Ruth Weisberg. Courtesy Skirball Cultural Center.
 

Posted on: March 29th, 2013

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There is a special class of Jewish artists who toil in the rich fields of Tanach and Jewish practice for years and years, quietly establishing a foundation of visual and intellectual markers for generation of artists to come. Ruth Weisberg is clearly one of these founders. Her seminal work articulates an approach to the Jewish narrative deeply informed by a Jewish feminism.

Itzik Weinberg – Still from 2011 documentary:
Here I Learned to Love: a film by Avi Angel. Distributed by Ruth Diskin Films
 

Posted on: March 15th, 2013

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A Documentary Produced and Edited by Avi Angel Based on “Three Mothers for Two Brothers” by Izhak Weinberg 54 minutes: Quad Cinema March 1 – 7; soon on Amazon and iTunes What is your earliest memory? Itzik Weinberg’s earliest memory may be of him and his younger brother, Avner, fleeing the invading Germans in Cracow, […]

Spice Box for Havdalah (1998) by Malka Kohavi
Courtesy Yeshiva University Museum
 

Posted on: March 1st, 2013

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Bezalel, oh Bezalel, what company you keep! Your parsha, Ki Sisa, takes us from humble devotion to God’s commandments to the utter collapse of Israel’s faith. God-inspired creativity morphs into pernicious communal idolatry that expresses gnawing doubt and a desperate need for the mechanics of teshuvah. Yet in the midst of tragedy, drama and redemption, one quiet man and his assistant, Bezalel and Oholiab, were chosen by God to become the alleged ancestors of all Jewish artists.

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