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American and Biblical Forefathers

19 Shevat 5770 – February 3, 2010
Malcah Zeldis' watercolor painting "Jacob's Dream" (1982) is the only representation I know of the patriarch that represents him as bearded man with no moustache. The pink-skinned dreamer in Zeldis' painting wears a robe that evokes the technicolored dream coat his son Joseph would wear, and he sleeps on a hill using what the Bible describes as rocks (but Zeldis renders more as books) for pillows. In the background of the work, which belongs to the genre of na?ve art, one can spot the bundles of grain and the celestial objects that would later figure into Joseph's dream. As Jacob dreams of the changing of the angelic guard, Zeldis seems to say, he lays the foundation for Joseph's dreams of his own rise to power. The angels that ascend and descend the "ladder" - which is very flimsy and would surely not comply with fire codes - are red-headed and blue-eyed, and their wings sag at their sides like sacks over their shoulders.

Telling Israel’s Stories To Kids

12 Shevat 5767 – January 31, 2007
The event space at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at New York City's famous Lincoln Square plays host to a stream of important book readings and signings.

Telling Israel’s Stories To Kids

The event space at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at New York City's famous Lincoln Square plays host to a stream of important book readings and signings.

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