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Why Was The Prato Haggadah Left Unfinished?

When the Cistercian abbot Stephen Harding commissioned an illuminated bible in 1109, he wanted to ensure its accuracy. So he did what any good scholar (but very few medieval Church leaders) would do; he sought rabbinic counsel so that he could have access to the original Hebrew. The so-called St. Stephen's Bible, which can be seen in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's current exhibit, Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages, represents a rare collaboration of rabbinic and Christian scholarship.

Why Was The Prato Haggadah Left Unfinished?

When the Cistercian abbot Stephen Harding commissioned an illuminated bible in 1109, he wanted to ensure its accuracy. So he did what any good scholar (but very few medieval Church leaders) would do; he sought rabbinic counsel so that he could have access to the original Hebrew. The so-called St. Stephen's Bible, which can be seen in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's current exhibit, Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages, represents a rare collaboration of rabbinic and Christian scholarship.

Title: A Never-Ending Tale: Illustrated Parables of the Ba’al Shem Tov and His Disciples

A Never-Ending Tale: Illustrated Parables of the Ba'al Shem Tov and His Disciples vividly outlines the lofty character traits that every Jew should strive to attain.

Title: A Never-Ending Tale: Illustrated Parables of the Ba’al Shem Tov and His Disciples

A Never-Ending Tale: Illustrated Parables of the Ba'al Shem Tov and His Disciples vividly outlines the lofty character traits that every Jew should strive to attain.

Wolloch Holocaust Haggadah

We are taught: "In every generation one is obligated to regard himself as though he had gone out from Egypt." How difficult, what a leap of imagination for us in a free America, surrounded by friends and family, secure in our past and future yiddishkeit, to feel the terrors of long ago. Indeed we might forget, we might wish not to remember events in our own time and the time of our parents that were remarkably similar to the Egyptian horror. David Wander's Holocaust Haggadah reminds us with a somber art that is defiantly infused with hope and compassion.

Title: Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Succession Winter 1860-1861

I've always been amazed at how historians pore over some old documents and books in some dusty basement storehouses, and yet are able to come up with a volume that's readable and enlightening - and even entertaining. Unfortunately, most of them aren't, but this is surely an exception.

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.

Innovation and Imitation in Albrecht Dürer’s Samson

German artist, Albrecht Dürer's woodcut "Samson Slaying the Lion" (1497-98) shows the warrior-prophet with the unkempt hair and beard of a Nazarite, sitting on the back of a lion, whose jaws he pulls apart.

Titles: Jerusalem: A Neighborhood Street Guide & The Streets of Jerusalem: Who, What,...

A fact-filled guide to the highways and byways of Jerusalem (and there are lots of byways here), Jerusalem:

Chassidic Surfers And Psychedelic Judaism: Daniel Weinstein’s Art

Viewers who read Daniel Weinstein's list of artistic influences on his website will get the impression they are dealing with an unusual sort of Judaica, even before they see the art.

New Writings In Chumash

Books have a problem. When they want to teach something, they're limited by their stoic two-dimensional constraints.

Addressing My Child’s Questions On Evolution: Discuss Or Take A Pass (Part II)

In last week's column, a parent named Sara asked how she should deal with a book she bought on the planets that contains text describing the world as being 15 billion years old. She questioned if she ought to read it to her children and discuss with them the fact that there are people who believe this - while sharing with them our belief that the Torah teaches us that the world is 5,766 years old.

Listening To The Paint’s Music: Marilyn Banner’s Encaustics

Marilyn Banner's encaustic painting "Listening" (2008) at first appears to be ironically titled.

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?

Titles: Commitment and Complexity: Jewish Wisdom in an Age of Upheaval and Genesis and...

Yeshivat Har Etzion is one of the main centers of religious Zionism in Israel.

The Image Before The Text:

First there was the word. It was spoken on the mountain and we were afraid. Then it was written fire on fire.

A Very Modern Megillah – Megillah Esther by David Wander

Such a nice story the Megillah Esther is, don't you think?

Megillat Esther: The Graphic Novel By JT Waldman

JT Waldman's Megillat Esther is brash, loud and groundbreaking.

‘The Name’

To encounter God is an elemental quest of mankind.

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