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Kabbalica: Aviva Yunger To Show At The Bergen County Y

30 Shevat 5765 – February 9, 2005
The first question a viewer ought to pose regarding any work of art that includes text is: if we strip you of your text, are you significantly changed?

Repossessing Faith: Objects Of The Spirit. By Toby Kahn

23 Shevat 5765 – February 2, 2005
Imagine ritual without symbol. Impossible. The very heart and soul of Jewish ritual, from prayer to matzah, is the symbolic evocation of something else.

A Local, Baltimore Angle On Some Of The Hardships Of Holocaust Refugees

16 Shevat 5765 – January 26, 2005
The Jewish Museum of Maryland's "Lives Lost" exhibit offers a meditation on a "dramatic but little known story" - according to the museum Associate Director Anita Kassof.

‘Kish D’Meziza’ Upon Thy Doorposts by Belle Rosenbaum

9 Shevat 5765 – January 19, 2005
The words reverberate with sweet memories. "Kiss the mezuzah," a grandparent urges his grandchild, while a parent nods approvingly as a rebbe teaches about the proper behavior upon entering or leaving a room ... "and don't forget to kiss the mezuzah!"

Rand’s Prayer – The Nineteen Diaspora Painting

24 Tevet 5765 – January 5, 2005
Why should we bother with art? A waste of time, bitul Torah, perhaps even a lure into apikoresviewing art, not to mention making it, could be viewed as a can of worms best left unopened.

Following Zeh Yellow Brich Road: Journeying Jewishly Bezalel Alumni At The Makor Gallery

17 Tevet 5765 – December 29, 2004
Sitting stiffly on the very throne from which Pharaoh would later deny G-d and His children's freedom, Joseph surveyed his brothers bowing before him.

Art As Optimism And Therapy – Friedl Dicker-Brandeis At The Jewish Museum

10 Tevet 5765 – December 22, 2004
Oftentimes, one will find it far more useful to engage a piece of art in terms of what issues it raises and what questions it asks, rather than what ideological statements it offers or answers it proposes.

Out-Knitting Bubby: Weaving Jewishly Anni Albers At The Cooper-Hewitt

3 Tevet 5765 – December 15, 2004
The ancient Greek poets wrote myths about the Fates - the three daughters of Nyx, the powerful goddess Night. They are also called the Moerae sisters.

New Acquisitions At The Jewish Museum

25 Kislev 5765 – December 8, 2004
The Jewish Museum occupies a singular position in the Jewish universe, acting as a two way mirror.

Out-Fiddling The Fiddler ‘The Immigrant’ At Dodger Stages

18 Kislev 5765 – December 1, 2004
Even Alfred Molina's "Tevye" may have sounded more Jewish than Adam Heller's Haskell Harelik in "The Immigrant," but nevertheless, the characterization of Jewish life in this play succeeds with powerful impact.

Dancing The Ballets Russes, Jewish Art Deco At The MFA, Boston

11 Kislev 5765 – November 24, 2004
It stands at 120 feet by 720 feet, and it weighs one million pounds.

The Aesthetic Of Mishigaas: Affirming Life, Denouncing Art Tom Barron And Arthur Yanoff At...

"You know, I don't really see so well anymore," said Tom Barron as we stood in Arthur Yanoff's Great Barrington studio, trying to safely navigate amongst the blizzard of paper shavings that littered the floor.

Painting The Void Joshua Meyer At Hebrew College Gallery

4 Kislev 5765 – November 17, 2004
Shakespeare's King Lear - furious, embarrassed and downright stunned at his daughter Cordelia's refusal to flatter him as her sisters did in an effort to figure prominently in his will - yells, "Nothing comes from nothing!"

Painting 9/11 With Whiskers And A Tail (and a Cigarette): Art Spiegelman’s ‘In The...

Perhaps far more important than the question of "why paint tragedy?" is the question of how to paint it.

Requesting – “One Thing I Ask”

26 Heshvan 5765 – November 10, 2004
Seth Nadel is active - so much so that his guitar playing can be called "kinetic music," to borrow Agam's term.

The Divine Ecology Of Janet Shafner New Paintings

"When the Holy One, blessed is He, created the first man, He took him and led him around the trees of the Garden of Eden and said, 'Look at My works!

Marking The Land Of Israel: Photographs Of Chanan Getraide

What makes the Land of Israel so special? Given to us by G-d, this wonderfully diverse corner of earth is much more of a gift than meets the eye.

Anti-Semitism With Wings: Philip Roth’s “The Plot Against America”

19 Heshvan 5765 – November 3, 2004
Forget Portnoy's Complaint. Never mind American Pastoral (1997) or I Married A Communist (1998) and The Human Stain (2000).

Jewish And Non-Jewish Landscape Isaak Levitan, Thomas Cole And George Inness

12 Heshvan 5765 – October 27, 2004
He sits somewhat accusingly atop a stamp issued in Russia, remembering the 50th anniversary of his death in 1950.

Jazzy Jewish Jamming John Zorn At The Bridge Shul

5 Heshvan 5765 – October 20, 2004
I recognized him as the Fiddler immediately. Sure, he sat cross-legged on the floor (not the roof) with his back to the audience.

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