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‘US and Iranian Cartoon Doves’ Shown Defecating on Bibi by Swiss Amb to Iran

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Princeton U. to Get ‘Plastic’ Eruv [video]

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WWII-Era Jewish Café Reopens in Shanghai

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Arab Spring May Be Blowing into Gaza

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One-Third of Americans in Israel Live in Judea and Samaria

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State Dept Spox: No Worries, Parchin has No Nuclear Dimensions

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Canadian JDL Protesting Billionaire Barry Sherman’s Fundraising for Liberals

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Saudis Arrest Mastermind of 1996 Bombing that Killed 19 US Airmen on Iran’s Orders

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Trump and Cruz Together to Fight Iran Deal in DC on Sept. 9

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Barenboim to Conduct German Orchestra in Iran Despite Israel’s Protests and the Absence of Opera in Islamic Republic

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InterNations Ranks Israel 4th in the World in Hospitality to Foreigners

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Surreal: Israeli Police Raids Conference Against Anti-Democratic Administrative Detention

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DM Ya’alon Advises ‘Zero Tolerance’ on Violence Against Hareidi Soldiers

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Now More than a Dozen Democratic Reps Against Nuclear Iran Deal

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‘Arise and Ascend’ — A New Guide to the Temple Mount

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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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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
 

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
 

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.

 

Posted on: January 27th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishAntisemitism

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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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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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
 

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
 

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.

 

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.

Matisyahu outside Jerusalem's Old City.
 

Posted on: December 30th, 2012

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Formerly Hasidic reggae star Matisyahu participated in a candid interview with CNN, discussing his departure from observant Jewish life and his connection to his religion.

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The Bride of Hoseashtein: Betrothal and Exile (2007) (24” x 36”), oil on canvas by Nahum HaLevi
Courtesy the artist
 

Posted on: December 27th, 2012

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The rather large grasshoppers all have different human faces. The trees have human bodies with branches sprouting out of their heads. The animals in the Peaceable Kingdom garden seated at Isaiah’s feet are painted purple, pink, blue and red. Welcome to the visionary world of Nahum HaLevi’s Latter Prophets.

Rabbi with Young Student, oil on panel by Isidor Kaufmann
Courtesy Sotheby’s
 

Posted on: December 13th, 2012

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Silence. There is an overwhelming silence that dominates the Isidor Kaufmann masterpiece, Rabbi with Young Student (catalogue #93) offered for sale at the Sotheby’s December 19th auction. Kaufmann’s most engaging paintings for me are the deeply psychological portraits, usually of Hasidic men, young women and youths. It is noteworthy that Kaufmann (1853 – 1921) and Freud (1856 – 1939) were contemporaries and both lived in Vienna during the same period.

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Posted on: December 7th, 2012

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Heeb Magazine Publisher is looking to promote his tribute to his late brother and his fight with cancer.

The Miami Beach Eruv (1998) digital print on canvas by Mel Alexenberg
Courtesy the artist
 

Posted on: December 6th, 2012

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For most observant Jews, the eruv is invisible. Each week we prepare for Shabbos: ready our food, conclude our mundane affairs, shower, dress and put the house keys in our pocket and check the web that the local eruv is up. Unless there has been a storm or other physical disaster, we can assume everything is okay. Just like the Shabbos calm that descends for 25 hours, the eruv operates for us in the background: essential but unnoticed.

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Batya and Miriam (2012) Acrylic and collage on canvas by Joel Silverstein
Courtesy the artist
 

Posted on: November 23rd, 2012

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Joel Silverstein is a comrade-in-arms. We share many ideas about the creation and nature of contemporary Jewish Art, as well as a commitment to the growing Jewish Art community, exemplified by the Jewish Art Salon of which we are both founding members and curators. This exhibition of his recent work at the Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life at Columbia/Barnard gives us the crucial opportunity to examine the complex richness of his artwork.

King Saul, King of Spades by Arthur Szyk
Heroes of Ancient Israel: Playing Card Art published by Historicana
 

Posted on: November 23rd, 2012

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Arthur Szyk (1894; Lodz, Poland – 1951; New Canaan, USA) was a driven man determined to serve his people through his art. A passionate supporter of Jabotinsky’s Revisionist Zionists from at least the mid-1930’s, Szyk’s art almost always had a political edge. As we noted on these pages arch 12 & 19 2010, the Szyk Haggadah (1934 -1936) was originally an explicitly anti-Fascist creation. Therefore the recent publication by Historicana of “Heroes of Ancient Israel: Playing Card Art of Arthur Szyk” is notable for its lack of overt political content. Indeed, its strength lies in a subtler affirmation of Jewish sovereignty and wisdom.

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