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U.S., Israel Teaming to Push Israel into Visa Waiver Program

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Report: Lebanese man admits to targeting Israelis in Thailand

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Syrian Jets Strike Targets on Ramat HaGolan

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Chelsea Clinton Pregnant with Non-Jewish Child

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Police Limit Arab Visitors to Temple Mount

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No Gov’t Majority for Pollard-Talks Deal

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Shas Party Appoints New Spiritual Leader

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‘Jews Must Register’ Flyer in Ukraine an Echo of Babi Yar

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Florida Teen Stabbed in High School Gym

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4 Wounded in Gush Etzion Road Terror Attack

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Arab Violence Closes Temple Mount to Visitors Again

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Jews Ordered to ‘Register’ in Donetsk, Ukraine

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Indyk Returns to Raise the Dead (Israel-PA Talks)

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Funeral of Baruch Mizrachi (Photo Essay)

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Tunisian Jew Stabbed in Djerba

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Israeli Hi-Tech Opens Branch in Nanjing

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Preparations Completed for Priestly Blessing from Jerusalem

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Kansas Shooting Suspect a White Supremacist, Indicted for Murder

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Hundreds at Bangkok Chabad Passover Seder

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President Obama’s Passover Statement

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

Fine Judaica Auction

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.
 

Visions At An Exhibition

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
 

The Jewish Cemetery: Jacob van Ruisdael’s Homage To Religious Freedom

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.
 

The Ethics Of The Omer: The Abstract Omer Paintings Of Yitzhok Moully

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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Megillas Ruth In Jewish Art

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.
 

Steinhardt Judaica Collection at Sotheby’s Monday

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.
 

Steinhardt’s Legacy

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
 

Two Jewish Views Of Photography

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.
 

Weisberg’s Visions

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
 

Here I Learned Love

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
 

Bezalel’s Legacy Commentary on Jewish Craft and Art: Shabbos Parah: Ki Sisa; Exodus 30:11 – 34:35

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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‘Love Truth And Peace’: The Story Behind The Page 1 Artwork

Posted on: February 20th, 2013

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Through her work "The Divine Within," artist Shira Gabriela highlights a literary parallel that exists between Megillat Esther and the Book of Zechariah.

Sunday Morning in the Tent of Abraham  (36 x 24), Oil on canvas by Elke Reva Sudin,
Courtesy Hadas Gallery
 

We Are Patriarchs: Paintings by Elke Reva Sudin

Posted on: February 15th, 2013

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One way to understand the Biblical is through contemporary eyes, literally. And so artist Elke Reva Sudin has recast biblical figures through contemporary portraits. The juxtaposition is revealing.

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Finding of Moses (2012) 30 x 40 oil on canvas by John Bradford
Courtesy the artist
 

Bradford’s Borders Revisited

Posted on: February 1st, 2013

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John Bradford’s paintings span over 40 years of intensive exploration of the joys of the Biblical narrative. He has explicated its myriad passionate moments from almost every narrative in Genesis, Exodus, and Numbers to stories from Nach such as Ruth and Naomi, David and Bathsheba and Mordechai and Esther.

 

Dutch Stolen Art Committee Dismisses Katz Family’s 188 Claims

Posted on: January 27th, 2013

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A panel of experts advised the Dutch government to return only one painting out of 189 claimed by relatives of a Holocaust-era art collector.

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Lollapalooza in Israel: Cancelled

Posted on: January 23rd, 2013

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Rock music festival Lollapalooza, which was scheduled to take place August 20-22 at Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park, has been cancelled.

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Report: Justin Bieber Sued for ‘Assaulting’ Israeli Bodyguard

Posted on: January 13th, 2013

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The Israeli former bodyguard of teen idol Justin Bieber reportedly sued the pop star for assault.

Solomon (2012) by David Gelernter
Courtesy Yeshiva University Museum
 

Gelernter’s Kings of Israel

Posted on: January 11th, 2013

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The recent works of David Gelernter, artist, author and professor of computer science at Yale University, compel us to listen and really see. His statements in the gallery video are riveting and his images, especially the Kings of Israel series are revelatory. It is in the dialectic between these two distinct approaches that we can understand his insight into the past and be guided into a present appreciation of Jewish Art.

Manhattan Three Times (2007 – 2011), acrylic & thread on paper by Ben Schachter
Courtesy Yeshiva University Museum
 

It’s a Thin Line: The Eruv and Jewish Community in New York and Beyond

Posted on: January 11th, 2013

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Jewish law prohibits carrying an object from a private domain to a public domain (or vice versa) or within a public domain on the Sabbath. One who intentionally carries, knowing the prohibition on the Sabbath is libel to the death penalty by a Jewish court. The creation of an eruv establishes, where possible, an extended private domain in which such carrying is permissible.

 

North American Immigrants to Northern Israel Display Unique Art Exhibit

Posted on: January 7th, 2013

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The North American and English aliyah organization Nefesh B’Nefesh, the Jewish Agency, and the Jewish National Fund have teamed up with the Ort Braude Academic College of Engineering in Karmiel to feature the artwork of immigrants from English-speaking countries to northern Israel.

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