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Posted on: April 28th, 2004Sections → Arts
Had Gadya, the playful, threatening and ultimately reassuring song that ends many Seder evenings among Ashkenazi Jews, has a long history in the Haggada.
Posted on: April 21st, 2004Sections → Arts
The foundations of a Jewish life may be discerned in three outstanding works of Jewish art that I had the pleasure to preview for the Kestenbaum auction scheduled for March 30, 2004.
Posted on: April 14th, 2004Sections → Arts
We all attempt to reap sustenance from the past. Our collective heritage acts as a foundation of cultural values necessary for us to build into the future.
Posted on: April 7th, 2004Sections → Arts
Jewish Art has always been burdened by Jewish history.
Posted on: March 31st, 2004Sections → Arts
Remember. The commandment to remember reverberates throughout the Torah, starting with the Exodus from Egypt, continuing to Receiving the Torah and finally climaxing in the weekly remembrance of the Sabbath itself. Embedded in the six remembrances is the commandment to, "remember what Amalek did to you on the way" (Devarim 25:17).
Posted on: March 24th, 2004Sections → Arts
Authority, as the Gemara in Sanhedrin says, makes the world go round.
Posted on: March 17th, 2004Sections → Arts
Mikhail Gleizer was born at the end of the Second World War in the Soviet Ukraine under the reign of the dictator Joseph Stalin.
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.
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