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Posted on: March 10th, 2004Sections → Arts
Brilliant flags cascade atop two majestic mountains, sullied by throngs of horses and soldiers' shining steel armor reflecting the blinding sunlight.
Posted on: March 3rd, 2004Sections → Arts
Poised between imminent moral danger and the irrepressible drive to do the right thing, director Menachem Daum and cinematographer Oren Rudavsky have seared together a complex portrait of an Orthodox family who confront their painful past in the new documentary, Hiding and Seeking.
Posted on: February 20th, 2004Sections → Arts
Exile is punishment; exile is a constant reminder of our fallen status; exile fills us with longings for a permanent home we cannot possess.
Posted on: February 13th, 2004Sections → Arts
I was transfixed the first time I saw Moses und Aron, the 1933 opera by Arnold Schoenberg.
Posted on: February 4th, 2004Sections → Arts
It could have been a travesty. Indeed, think of a musical of Akeydes Yitskhok, frivolous singing and play-acting the most awesome and sacred drama in the Torah!
Posted on: January 30th, 2004Sections → Arts
The wide variety of bric-a-brac that fills a soldier's pockets, backpack and other gear becomes the medium of exploration in Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried," his examination of Vietnam era soldiers.
Posted on: January 16th, 2004Sections → Arts
Elie Wiesel encapsulates the problem of Holocaust art by insisting that, "Auschwitz defies imagination and perception; it submits only to memory. It can be communicated by testimony, not fiction."
Posted on: January 9th, 2004Sections → Arts
The curtain rises to reveal a towering wall of translucent glass behind which the chorus sings 'Te deum laudamus, You are G-d, we praise You,' to the provocative chords of the church organ.
Posted on: January 2nd, 2004Sections → Arts
Transmission is everything. The life's blood of a people is dependent upon many kinds of transmission; oral, scribal, Talmudic and anecdotal.
Posted on: December 26th, 2003Sections → Arts
Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) and Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) were two of the most important modernist artists in the early twentieth century.
Posted on: December 19th, 2003Sections → Arts
"We have inherited an amputated visual culture, viscously cut off from our artistic forefathers we have every right to lay claim to," exclaimed Archie Rand, artist and professor at Columbia University.
Posted on: December 12th, 2003Sections → Arts
Kristallnacht, the pogrom unleashed by the Nazis on Germany's Jews on November 8, 1938, is considered by many to be the beginning of the Holocaust.
Posted on: December 5th, 2003Sections → Arts
Jews with Hogs (1994) is the first image one encounters in Frederic Brenner's exhibition of photographs of contemporary Jews from around the world currently at the Brooklyn Museum.
Posted on: November 28th, 2003Sections → Arts
There once lived a pious old man in Safed. His great grandparents had come from Eastern Europe to Eretz Yisrael, sometime in the 18th Century.
Posted on: November 21st, 2003Sections → Arts
The need to reassert a shattered cultural identity should be familiar to Jews.
Posted on: November 14th, 2003Sections → Arts
John Bradford's exhibition of nine paintings, done in the 1990's - presents us with a conundrum.
Posted on: November 7th, 2003Sections → Arts
Who are you? Who am I? Questions of cultural identity among artists have raged from the early twentieth century to yesterday's memoir.
Posted on: October 31st, 2003Sections → Arts
There are Diasporas and then there are Diasporas.
Posted on: October 10th, 2003Sections → Arts
When G-d hid His face in the last century, a ruthless history unfolded as tragedy after tragedy descended upon the Jewish people.
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