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The Arab Spring of Anarchy Has Come to Israel

October 9, 2015 - 4:57 PM
Tsfat Chief Rabbi Eliyahu: Soldiers Who Let Captured Terrorists Live Must Be Prosecuted

October 9, 2015 - 4:15 PM
Waiting for Rockets as Gazans Reportedly Killed in Border Clashes with IDF

October 9, 2015 - 4:03 PM
Shanghai Magnet School Offering Hebrew, Language of the ‘Smart People’

October 9, 2015 - 3:34 PM
Terrorist Captured in Afula

October 9, 2015 - 1:50 PM
Israeli Startup Launching World’s First Privately-Funded Moon Landing

October 9, 2015 - 1:15 PM
Only 0.3% of Yearly Visitors to Temple Mount Are Jews

October 9, 2015 - 1:04 PM
Arab MK Zoabi Who Swore Allegiance to Jewish State: I Don’t Take Orders from Israel

October 9, 2015 - 12:58 PM
Terrorist Shot Dead after Stabbing Policeman in Kiryat Arba [video]

October 9, 2015 - 12:53 PM
Stabbing in Jerusalem

October 9, 2015 - 12:16 PM
Jerusalem Arabs Indicted for Plot to Bring Pipe Bombs to Temple Mount

October 9, 2015 - 11:34 AM
Russia and Israel Quietly Collaborating on Attacks in Syria

October 9, 2015 - 11:06 AM
Updated: Jewish Teen Stabs 4 Arab in Dimona “I thought they were terrorists”

October 9, 2015 - 9:56 AM
PM Netanyahu’s Statement on the Ongoing Arab Terrorism

October 9, 2015 - 7:49 AM
UK Wants EU to Speed Up Deportations as Winter Approaches

October 9, 2015 - 2:38 AM
Netanyahu Tries to Calm the Country but Plays Politics

October 8, 2015 - 11:49 PM
Complete Security Footage from Afula Terror Attack [video]

October 8, 2015 - 11:33 PM
U.N. Officials on Way to ‘Rescue’ Israel and PA with ‘Peace Process’

October 8, 2015 - 11:12 PM
UK Chief Rabbi Urging Jews to Join War on Poverty

October 8, 2015 - 10:19 PM
Live Blog: Intifada 3.0 – Thursday, Oct. 8 2015 – IDF Soldier Stabbed in Afula

October 8, 2015 - 8:55 PM
4 Russian Cruise Missiles Accidentally Hit Iran (No Kidding)

October 8, 2015 - 8:51 PM
1 Arab Rioter Dead, 9 Israel Police Officer Hurt in Shuafat Clashes

October 8, 2015 - 8:15 PM
IDF Soldier Stabbed in Afula, Terrorist Captured [video]

October 8, 2015 - 7:15 PM
Haifa: Arabs Throw Stones at Cars

October 8, 2015 - 5:15 PM
Third Stabbing Terror Attack on Thursday: Kiryat Arba

October 8, 2015 - 5:00 PM
How Palestinian Arab Terrorists Choose Their Targets

October 8, 2015 - 5:00 PM
Chapel Launches Free Jewish Funeral and Yahrzeit Memorial iPhone App

October 8, 2015 - 4:50 PM
Attempted Ramming in Jerusalem [video]

October 8, 2015 - 4:31 PM
Rabbi Appointed ‘Honorary Comedic Advisor to the Pope’

October 8, 2015 - 4:30 PM
Arab MKs Reject Netanyahu’s Order Keeping Ministers, MKs, Off Temple Mount

October 8, 2015 - 4:18 PM
Official PA Daily Reports that Murders of Jews Brings Joy

October 8, 2015 - 4:09 PM
4 Wounded, Including IDF Soldier Stabbed in Tel Aviv Terror Attack

October 8, 2015 - 3:30 PM
Russia Takes over Syrian Civil War, Hits Rebels with Missiles

October 8, 2015 - 2:44 PM
Jerusalem Terror Victim in Critical Condition After Stabbing

October 8, 2015 - 2:08 PM
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Posted on: May 17th, 2012


It all started at an art and education conference at the Yeshiva University Museum. When one of the speakers misidentified a Goya painting at the Frick Collection, both the gentleman sitting next to me and I turned to each other and corrected the error simultaneously.

Yonathan Netanyahu

Posted on: May 17th, 2012


Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story is a documentary about the life of a true Israeli hero. But the film is not a mere recounting of the famous Entebbe Raid, it is an honest retrospective of the life of the young, academic, passionate and poetic son, brother, friend, boyfriend, and husband Lt. Col. Yonatan Netanyahu. And it shows a side of Israel that a 'Hasbara' campaign can't capture.

Mahzor; “Kol Nidarim” illuminated manuscript (ca. 1490s). Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd, 2012

Posted on: May 11th, 2012


The auction at Christie’s in Paris this May 11 of a Tuscan Mahzor, created and illuminated in the 1490’s, will be an extraordinary event. This rare example of illuminated Jewish art has not been seen publically in over 500 years and, aside from tantalizing internal suggestions, lacks conclusive identification of the scribe and illuminators. Because the gold-tooled goatskin binding was made about 50 years after the manuscript and has a different coat of arms than those found in the machzor, it is assumed that this prayerbook may have quickly changed hands.

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Posted on: May 9th, 2012


Maurice Sendak, winner of numerous literary awards for children’s book writing and illustration, and author of classic children’s book Where the Wild Things Are, passed away Tuesday at the age of 83. Born in Brooklyn to Holocaust survivors Sadie and Philip Sendak, Maurice gained acclaim at the age of 35 for authoring and illustrating Where […]

Edouard Vuillard: Madame Jean Bloch and Her Children, second version, 1930, reworked 1933 and 1934.

Posted on: May 8th, 2012


"Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses, 1890-1940" has opened at the New York Jewish Museum and will run through September 23. The exhibition offers a fresh view of the French artist Edouard Vuillard’s career, from the vanguard 1890s to the urbane domesticity of the lesser-known late portraits.


Posted on: May 7th, 2012


Two Irish bands scheduled to play highly-publicized concerts in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Nahalal in June have cancelled, citing an overwhelming international uproar over their refusal to join the boycott against relations with Israel. Dervish and Fullset both published apologies on their Facebook pages, explaining that a mutual friend of theirs, Israeli musician Avshalom Farjun, […]

Circa 1300. Leaf from a manuscript excerpt from Joshua and Isaiah from the Haftorah. (Membrum disjectum.) Photo by Menachem Wecker.

Posted on: May 4th, 2012


One of my favorite places when I was growing up in Boston was the used bookstore on Beacon and St. Mary’s streets. Boston Book Annex could play a used bookshop on television; it was dimly lit and cavernous, crawling with cats, and packed with a dizzying array of books, many of which sold three for a dollar. But used bookstores of this sort, however picturesque and inviting, are a relatively modern phenomena. In the Middle Ages, for example, I would never have been able to afford even a single used book unless I had been born into an aristocratic family. (Full disclosure, I was not.)

Synagogue for the Arts (2000), oil on linen by Robert Feinland. Courtesy Chassidic Art Institute

Posted on: April 26th, 2012


One thing is certain about Robert Feinland - he has shuls on his mind. His career has spanned over 40 years, exploring landscape, cityscape, sculpture and abstraction. For many of those years he has focused on the relentlessly changing urban landscape of New York, feeling the necessity to document and, in some way preserve, the physical fabric of the city he loves. A selection of recent paintings, most concentrating on the Crown Heights community, is currently at the Chassidic Art Institute. Many of the images are of shuls.


Posted on: April 19th, 2012


Jewish medals, several with Hebrew inscriptions and provocative imagery, were among the gems at The European Art Fair (TEFAF) in Maastricht, Netherlands, as I wrote in these pages two weeks ago. Another mini-trend at the fair, which will interest Jewish art aficionados, was an abundance of works by Marc Chagall.


Posted on: April 16th, 2012


The Golden Haggadah was created in Catalonia, Spain sometime around 1320. So named because all the illustrations are placed against a patterned gold-leaf background, it is a ritual object of incredible luxury and expense. In light of Marc Michael Epstein’s analysis found in his recent book The Medieval Haggadah, this tiny masterpiece of Jewish art easily ranks among other towering works of complex narration including Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel in Padua and Michelangelo’s Sistine ceiling in Rome.


Posted on: April 6th, 2012


It’s virtually impossible to ignore the financial aspects of TEFAF Maastricht, the annual arts and antiques fair in the historic city about two hours south of Amsterdam. More than 250 dealers from nearly 20 countries sell their wares—which span from Greek and Roman antiquities to contemporary sculptures—in the halls of the Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre, whose corridors are adorned by nearly 65,000 tulips.


Posted on: March 29th, 2012


Bird’s Head Haggadah Revealed The Medieval Haggadah: Art, Narrative & Religious Imagination By Marc Michael Epstein, Yale University Press, New Haven and London 2011


Posted on: March 23rd, 2012


Max Ferguson’s 1993 painting Katz’s may be the second most iconic representation of the kosher-style delicatessen after the 1989 Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan film, When Harry Met Sally. Ferguson’s photorealistic painting depicts the deli from an interesting perspective, which is simultaneously inviting and hostile—in short, the dichotomy of deli culture.


Posted on: March 15th, 2012


A quiet monument to the courage and determination of hundreds of thousands of Jews sits vulnerable on the Lower East Side of New York City at 228 East Broadway. This location was the former home of the Bialystoker Center, built in 1931.


Posted on: March 9th, 2012


The whole idea of an artful pushka (tzeddakah or charity box) is almost a tease, if not an outright mockery. Isn’t there something pretty backward about investing time and money in an ornate container to hold alms for the poor?


Posted on: March 1st, 2012


The Jewish Museum’s “Radical Camera” is a thrilling, beautiful exhibition that documents the development of socially conscious photography, primarily in New York City. It was a time of great challenges and great change, uptown, downtown and all around. These intensely creative, sensitive and insightful photographers all had a hand in capturing a time when New York and its people were entering the turbulent heart of the 20th century. Isn’t it interesting that the vast majority of them happened to be Jews?


Posted on: February 27th, 2012


Located about nine miles north of Madrid, the Palacio Real de El Pardo (Pardo Palace) dates back to the early 15th century. Devastated by a March 13, 1604 fire that claimed many works from its priceless art collection, the Pardo Palace and its vast gardens were used as a hunting ground by the Spanish monarchs.


Posted on: February 17th, 2012


We live in a wonderful time for Jewish art. The orthodoxy of 20th century High Modernism has given way to a chaotic but liberated postmodernism willing to try anything, even serious “ethnic” art.


Posted on: February 10th, 2012


Red By John Logan; directed by Robert Falls; starring Edward Gero and Patrick Andrews Jan. 20 – March 11, 2012 Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. http://www.arenastage.org   One morning, Ken, Mark Rothko’s studio assistant, comes into the studio to fulfill his daily duties of stretching and priming his employer’s canvases. When he […]


Posted on: February 3rd, 2012


“Man must make the Torah manifest” in every action, speech and creative act. That is clearly the credo of Nathan Hilu, master-artist of the Lower East Side, Torah, Tanach, midrash, Gemara and beyond.

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