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Kestenbaum Auction Includes Several Hebrew Books With Decidedly un-Hebraic Iconography

The title page to a 1610 edition of 12th-century poet and legal scholar, Eliezer ben Nathan's "Even Ha'ezer" ("Stone of Salvation," per I Samuel 7:12) features a woodcut that looks fairly standard at first glance. Two pillars flank the central alignment of the Hebrew text, and two birds perch atop the columns. Beneath the pillars are two lions and two hands, configured in the manner of the priestly blessing, with a gap between the joined index and middle fingers and the ring and small fingers. This combination of hands and lions constitutes the printing mark of Moses ben Bezalel Katz of Prague, who was a Kohen.

All Dolled Up For The Holidays

"My mother always made the Jewish holidays lots of fun when we were growing up, so is it any wonder I started my own Judaica business?"

Title: Unlocking the Torah Text: Shmot: An In-depth Journey into the Weekly Parsha

The secret to making a good sequel to a book is to make one that is original, yet effectively ties into the previous title.

A Word Is Worth 100 Pictures: Richard McBee Empowers The Biblical Sarah

Writing a biography of the biblical Sarah, whether in text or images, is about as easy as hunting tigers in Africa or helping Pooh chase Heffalumps and Woozles.

Michelangelo And The Jews: Part II

The Sistine Secrets by Benjamin Blech and Roy Doliner raises many intriguing issues about one of the most important works of Western art and its creator, Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 - 1564) as first presented in my review on August 29.

Michelangelo And The Jews

The Sistine Chapel in Rome is at the very heart of the Roman Catholic universe, the pope's private chapel in the Vatican and, notably, is one of the most famous tourist sites in history.

A Confrontation Between Image and Text

What do you get when you mix a Jesuit publishing company, a Reform Jewish scholar, an Orthodox Jewish painter, and a thesis on human-divine encounters?

Pharaoh Lives

"If you do not let my people go," says Moses to Pharaoh, "all of Egypt will be filled with frogs."

New Books On Chumash

Ktav has recently brought out a series of books on Chumash that enrich our understanding and appreciation of the Book of Books.

Moses And Daniel Peixotto

The Peixotto family played a prominent role in the American Jewish community during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

‘The Name’

To encounter God is an elemental quest of mankind.

Sotheby’s Riches

The varieties of Jewish art are always a delight to explore, but occasionally an exhibition comes along that provides surprises and insights that trouble even the most assured of viewers.

Fifty-Year Yahrzeit For Dem Bums

The year was 1957. Times were good here in America. The world seemed more peaceful.

Illustrating The Postmodernist’s Bible: Nature in John Bradford’s Art

Some painters enslave themselves to detailed landscapes, patiently tracking every tree branch and grass blade in an effort to transcribe and document everything.

The Gomez Family

The Gomez family was one the foremost Jewish families in New York during colonial times.

The ‘S’ Word Has No Place In A Religious Jew’s Vocabulary

Last week I delivered a sermon based on the Torah portion of the week and which compared Moses, the great Jewish redeemer, with Abraham Lincoln, the martyred American emancipator.

Title: GOLD From The Land of Israel

Author: Rabbi Chanan Morrison Publisher: Urim Publications

Shame of the Yankees – America’s Worst Anti-Jewish Action

This year, the second day of Chanukah will coincide with the 144th anniversary of the worst official act of anti-Semitism in American history.

A Jewish Art Primer (Part I)

Jewish Art: Any cultural production that utilizes Jewish subject matter and content drawn from;

Zionist Art Nouveau: Ideal Or Idealistic?

It's just about the last thing you'd suspect of relevance and contribution to anything culturally meaningful.

Confronting Catastrophe: Pray Or Fight Carvalho’s Rephidim

Barely redeemed from Egypt, the Jewish people faced a terrible foe. Amalek attacked without warning, without reason.

A Song Of The Sea With A Hint Of Ladino And Arabic Towards A...

With Pesach swiftly approaching, many are hyper-aware of all the cleaning and cooking implied in the festival.

Wandering In Paint, Wondering In Paint. Bamidbar At The Mercer Gallery

Many mistranslate the word "midbar" as desert, whereas the word really carries more of a connotation for wasteland or wilderness, perhaps deriving from the root dever for "plague" or davar for "word" or "thing."

Q & A: Pinchas Not Always Zealous? (Conclusion)

QUESTION: Recently, as I was studying the weekly portions of the Torah, I noticed a seeming anomaly. In Parashat Balak, Pinchas does what Moses did not do and zealously killed Zimri, a tribal prince who had sinned. We find in the following portion, Parashat Pinchas, that Pinchas was rewarded for this act. Yet after that, in Parashat Mattot, Pinchas is rebuked for not fulfilling Moses' command. Can you reconcile this apparent contradiction in the way Pinchas is described?M. Goldblumvia e-mail

Q & A: Pinchas Not Always Zealous? (Part I)

QUESTION: Recently, as I was studying the weekly portions of the Torah, I noticed a seeming anomaly. In Parashat Balak, Pinchas does what Moses did not do and zealously killed Zimri, a tribal prince who had sinned. We find in the following portion, Parashat Pinchas, that Pinchas was rewarded for this act. Yet after that, in Parashat Mattot, Pinchas is rebuked for not fulfilling Moses' command. Can you reconcile this apparent contradiction in the way Pinchas is described?M. Goldblumvia e-mail

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